Opinion Names on Back of Jumpers

Should Names be Shown on the Back of Jumpers?

  • Yes

  • No


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Call Me Cake

I'll brb
Jun 9, 2007
7,790
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Newcomers to the game would benefit a lot from having names on the back of jumpers.

Football is a spectator sport, and while spectating, we often make note of who is who. As much as some of us spectators like to exclaim otherwise, football is unashamedly individualized in regards to many areas of the game... when it just so happens to be convenient for us to let it be or pay no mind to.

From commentators mentioning player moments, disposal records, averages and accomplishments - to awards being given based on individual accolades in marquee matches, after the overall season or the Grand Final - to milestones being highlighted in terms of total goals kicked or games played - to certain hairstyles, rivalries, "compare the pair" segments - all the way to the point of showing betting odds for the likelihood of when a player will score, get their first touch, ect; - not to mention how venerated the father/son concept is - while being the most flagrant example of name-based individualisation that there can be. The entire meaning behind it is based on the recognition of names within a team.

Yet, the moment names on jumpers are brought into the discussion - you then have all of the previous examples of individuality thrown out of the window - and arguments of "team" start to conveniently pop up.

We must be consistent with our approach to this, and not let picking and choosing get in the way of the realities of our game today. We are living in the HD era - and as a spectator sport - names on the back of jumpers, while being shown on TV or big screens (or highlights) will undoubtedly help newcomers get acquainted with certain players quicker. Rather than constantly trying to discern a player's face, a new spectator can focus more on what they're doing with the ball. Perception to pairing a face to a name is a lot more efficient than to binary numbers - and has the added benefit of lessening confusion when players choose to leave/change numbers.

This added benefit does nothing to disrupt the game, it does nothing to hinder the play, and does nothing to distract viewing. Thus, the only reason to be against it is based purely on pettiness.

The game's future, especially after what's happened in the last two years, is going to base a lot of its survival and longevity on membership numbers, viewership numbers and crowd numbers, ect; - all influenced by growing interest from potential supporters. Bringing the game in-line with all other sports in making it easier for player recognition will be paramount to helping the game grow to new audiences. It also does not mean that the number loses significance, as the number will always be there, but passed on from host to host as a badge of honour. And as shown before, we have had no problems recognising individual efforts over and over when convenient for us and at no time did it sacrifice our interpretation of it as a team-based best 22 sport.

One could also say that father/son moments would be much more meaningful and impactful, upon witnessing a player don the last name of his father while playing for the same club, and knowing that his future son (or daughter) may have the chance to carry on the same last name on his/her jumper into the future.

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RUNVS

Hall of Famer
Feb 28, 2007
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Yes. This is another example of the fans from the traditional AFL states not getting it. In NSW and QLD everything that makes understanding the game a little easier should be considered, and that includes helping people who are considering becoming fans by making it easier for them to identify players.

Not to mention putting the names on the backs of guersney's does increase sales of those guernsey's in the clubs shops.
 

Occidental

Club Legend
Oct 2, 2016
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4,693
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Collingwood
It's been tried and it failed.
We play on the largest sporting field imaginable - no one at the stadium will see anything of the names. Plus on TV, the constant speed of ball movement and wide angles required to capture the play render reading the names an impossibility. Our sport is different and it is played differently - it is not soccer, rugby, NFL, basketball or baseball.
For marketing.... sure.
For any worthwhile identification of players while a game is being played either via TV or in the stadium....... no.
 

jameses

All Australian
Jun 29, 2016
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2,372
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Hawthorn
Yes. This is another example of the fans from the traditional AFL states not getting it. In NSW and QLD everything that makes understanding the game a little easier should be considered, and that includes helping people who are considering becoming fans by making it easier for them to identify players.

Not to mention putting the names on the backs of guersney's does increase sales of those guernsey's in the clubs shops.
For every traditional footy fan that is terrified of change (dumb), there are footy fans advocating for unneccessary changes (also dumb). Names on the back were tried, they failed and did not assist in any identification of players considering the unique dynamics of the game.
 
Mar 29, 2010
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Unless the camera is zoomed in on them you can't see them on TV anyway and you certainly can't see it at the ground. Jumpers are busy enough already, lets not add more.
 

Spiritof82

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Jan 8, 2004
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I'm sure the numbers are there for the reason to allow you to work out which player is which, why put names on that players jumpers that people can't read or really care about. If you are watching on TV that's what the commentators are there for, they constantly dribble on about players names unless its the idiot McAvany who tries to make everyone believe that Rioli is the only player on the ground.
 

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SBD Gonzalez

Brownlow Medallist
Jul 5, 2012
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Kidding, right?
People saying "you can't read them on telly" don't seem to have noticed how many close-up shots we get in a typical game broadcast.

Even just when there's a stoppage there's heaps of incidental walk-ons into shot, where names on guernseys would help inform.

Not every footy fan has hours available every week to study the profiles of 38 players from 17 other clubs. I wouldn't have an effing clue who half the opposition players are.

I'd be all for it. Though I grant that Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti might need some sort of extension off the side of his guernsey.
 
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OniAu

Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 4, 2007
6,399
6,517
Bendigo
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Collingwood
Everyone has access to the internet , takes not long to search a club players number and get their name.

Ive never liked the angle of "catering to new fans". Loyal die hard fans are the ones keeping this game going , not blow ins for a game here and there of support.
 

Leeda

Talons B Sharp
Sep 26, 2012
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1,403
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Hawthorn
Unless the camera is zoomed in on them you can't see them on TV anyway and you certainly can't see it at the ground. Jumpers are busy enough already, lets not add more.
Seriously!!,most people know only 25percent of their players…
 

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