Australian Football Shirt Museum
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When we take a look at the first steps of the Australian football shirt culture probably many people have the same question:
What is the reason for the green & gold outfit of the kit?
The colour of the Australian national flag is blue, red and white but it never really had any kind of influence for Australian sport dresses.
It is not the political history which gave Australia the sport dress colour but the local nature. The wattle tree with its golden (yellow) blossoms and green leaves which is quite popular in Australia.
This style of the sport uniform has never been changed until today and is usually used for the “home” kit of the Socceroos.
The away kit was the other way round and the shirt was mainly green.
In the year 1999 it was the first time that the green colour prevails on the home shirt and navy blue was the main colour for the away shirt.
For the 2006 World Cup campaign Australia has used the traditional colour combination again...
...and although the Socceroos have qualified for "Germany 06" the away kit has become navy blue again which is not every supporters convincement.
The only exeptions are the tournaments "Oceania Football Cup" (OFC) and the Olympic Games in 2004 in which Australia has used
a turquoise and a white coloured kit.
But there are more details on every Socceroos shirt which makes it unique and special.
One additional detail is the coat of arms on the left chest and below this you can find the printed match details of every game.
(older shirts have stitched match details)
Compared to other countries not many national teams have such details on their jerseys and that makes the Socceroos shirts
even more interesting for football shirt collectors and the players of the Socceroos as well.
In the very beginning of the Socceroos shirts UMBRO was the first most popular supplier.
Although UMBRO was 1974 the manufacturer, the World Cup shirt was made by ADIDAS
cause Adidas had the rights for manufacturing all World Cup shirts in Germany.
The Umbro features left unchanged on that shirt because of the partnership with the FFA.
A manufactured shirt by Adidas with the features of Umbro and only a short match detail below the coat of arms has been mentioned. (World Cup 1974)
In 1983 the supplier of the Socceroos shirts has changed and Adidas took over which also has made Australia a bit more popular on the international level.
To those times Adidas, with the german roots, seemed to be the best brand when football is the focus.
After 7 years the Australian football shirts have been manufactured by KingRoo from 1990-1993. That design should become historical...in several respects:
1) During this period the Socceroos did not participate in any major international competition as they did not qualify for the 1990 World Cup hosted by Italy
and were not represented at the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Saudi Arabia.
2) This shirt was so freaky coloured that this outfit has made its place under the top ten worst looking football shirts ever.
And not only the home kit but alle three shirts - goalkeeper, home and away dress.
(definitely a strange design but one of the most sold Australian football jerseys as well)
In 1993 Adidas manufactured again the national shirt of Australia and this business relationship between the Australian Football Federation (FFA) and Adidas should remain for 11 long years. But during this period there was also gap of success for Australia.
Some great World Cup qualify games vs Canada and Argentina were the best highlights but the final blow to reach the World Cup 1994 hosted by USA,
the World Cup 1998 hosted by France and the World Cup 2002 hosted by Japan/South Korea hasn´t achieved.
In 2004 a big change in Australian football history has happened.
The main reason why the contract between Adidas and the FFA hasn´t been extended for another few years might stay as a secret between both parties.
One reason could haven been a kind of superstition of the failure the Socceroos had, another reason could have been just a more valuable contract offer by Nike or just the fact that some people were searching for a new breeze. Whatever the final reason was, the FFA suddenly announced that Nike will be the future supplier of the Socceroos.
These news were so surprisingly that Nike has used a “last minute” designed jersey
for the friendly game against South Africa on 30.03.2004 hosted in London Loftus Road UK.
Navy blue with white coloured numbers on the back and center of the chest.
A curiosity in the history of Australian football culture and only used once for this single match.
Before Nike has taken over, Adidas already manufactured their Socceroos kit of that season.
But Australia of course never used that kit and may it be a kind of a destiny or not,
although the Socceroos never ever have worn that last Adidas shirt in any game.
An internet survey has shown that this design is probably the most liked strip of many Socceroos supporters.
NEW DRESS, NEW SUCCESS and IT`S FOOTBALL MATE !
The FFA has create a new step for their own history. Although the sport football is called soccer in Australia
the FFA decided to get rid of the American term and tried to bring their growing sport more international.
Australia, with the help of the international star coach Guus Hiddink, has qualified for the World Cup 2006 hosted in Germany.
After 32 years and 7 missed World Cups the Socceroos were back on the World Cup stage, at the same place where their World Cup history
once has started - in Germany.
The FFA deciced to take this as another destiny and referring to their first World Cup appearance in 1974,
the 2006 World Cup shirt should look the same just with some modern elements.
For many Socceroos supportes a bit boring but finally another well sold jersey in Australias football shirt history.
The reason for this big sale was definitely the fact that this was a new World Cup shirt and nobody knew to those times when the Socceroos will qualify again.
The FFA is working since 2004 with Nike as their football shirt producer and has reached since then every World Cup. (2006, 2010, 2014 & 2018)