Star power for the Champions

Brisbane Roar has welcomed a decision today by Football Federation Australia (FFA) to allow the country’s most successful clubs to display their Championship and Cup wins on their playing strips.

The FFA said the innovation would cover the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League champions, the Westfield FFA Cup winner and the AFC Champions League winner.

Brisbane Roar has won the Hyundai A-League Championship a record three times (2011, ’12 and ’14) and under the new policy will be permitted to display, in perpetuity,  a silver star with the No.3 above its club logo. As reigning champions, the Roar will also be allowed to have the word “Champions” embroidered on their jerseys for the remainder of this season.

The Roar’s W-League team, who have won their championship twice (2009 and ‘11 ), will get a silver star with the No.2 inside.

Brisbane Roar has long campaigned for the introduction of the star system, similar to that sanctioned by FIFA for its World Cup winners.

Brisbane Roar managing director Sean Dobson said it was hoped to have the new star on the Roar jerseys for the club’s next Hyundai A-League match against Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium on Monday, 2 February (7pm kick-off).

“Brisbane Roar is very proud of our record-breaking success in the Hyundai A-League and the star system will allow us to display that pride to our fans and opponents,” Dobson said.

“While we are always seeking to improve and raise our standards to even higher levels, the star will be an inspiring reminder of the great successes of the past.”

FFA chief executive David Gallop said today that after 10 years of Hyundai A-League competition and seven years of the Westfield W-League, it was the right time to recognise champion clubs.

“A Grand Final victory is the dream of every player, coach, member and fan,” Gallop said. “This recognition of a Championship means that special achievement will forever be a part of the club’s playing strip.

“This very public recognition means that players will literally carry some history into every game. And I’d imagine it will add another competitive element to the Championship as clubs take pride in the number of Championships they have won.”