Football Association chiefs are doing away with 156 years of history – to stop English football being seen as “arrogant.”
The Football Association want to rebrand themselves as the English Football Association and it was discussed at a Board meeting on Thursday.
English football is often accused of being self-important and the fact that they have always be known simply as the Football Association since being formed in 1863 plays into that.
It would mean rebranding the FA from how it is known on letterheads, business cards and websites and comes at a time when they are considering putting England forward as a potential host for the 2030 World Cup.
FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn have championed the switch despite the fact Glenn is leaving his post later this year once a successor is appointed.
Glenn has admitted in the past that the FA is perceived as “arrogant” by not referring to themselves as the English FA as other nations do, suggesting they think they are more important as the founders of the game
Glenn described the name as “the ultimate expression of arrogance” shortly after his appointment in 2015 and said: “I think we are perceived as arrogant.
“I don’t think we necessarily are but perceptions… it does matter. We go to international conventions and say, ‘Hi, I’m Martin Glenn and I am from the FA.” Which one? Obviously the English, because we invented it.
“Every other is the German association, the French association. We are so assumptive. Changing the name would possibly be a solution.”
Rival nations accused England of being arrogant in the World Cup last summer as the fans sang: “Football’s Coming Home” as they reached the semi final.
It was England’s first semi final since 1990 and the supporters bought into the song made famous by Baddiel and Skinner when England hosted the Euro 96 tournament.
The FA Board discussed the following proposal:
THE ENGLISH FA
The English FA will be the home of football in England, championing and supporting every aspect of the game. This includes: governance of the English football, rules and regulations, education and qualifications, referee and international relations.
England Football will be the home of supporting England, participation and playing football in England. This includes: all 28 England team, national players, coaches, grassroots football and facilities.
The FA will remain the legal entity name of the organisation and the name of the holding company. The following titles will remain the same: FA Board, FA Council, FA Cup, County FAs
The FA Board will continue discussions at the next meeting.
BY: JOEL ESHUN/ CREDIT : MIRROR