C'mon Sporto, level with me. Do you support your team by wearing a Socceroos jersey during a big game? Because if you don't then you’re not doing it right. Cold. Hard. Fact.
Haven’t bought your Socceroos merchandise yet? There’s still time. And with the wonderful-fantastic invention of online shopping, you can buy your outfit now, and have it delivered to your home in time for Australia’s next big matches.
Oh, did we mention that Rebel Sport delivers for free? Online shopping – one. Excuses – none.
Whether you’ve planned to watch the game at home, or are heading to the pub to cheer on the Socceroos with the rest of the fans, wearing the green and gold is a must. It’s a camaraderie thing, you know? Enough chatting, more clicking. It’s time to stock up and support our Socceroos!
PS – if you are in the habit of supporting another team (who says you can’t?) you can buy your nation of choice’s jersey here.
Feature image courtesy of Football Federation Australia – Photographer Brian Tonks
Buy Socceroos shirts and polos
If you're looking to get some exercise wear out of your Socceroos merchandise, a lighter polo might be the way to go.
Buy Socceroos hoodies and jackets
This way, you can let everyone know which team you're supporting without having to sacrifice on warmth.
Buy other Socceroos merchandise
Everything else that didn't quite fit in one of these categories, but we think are pretty cool all the same.
Top retailers for Socceroos merchandise
Can you spot a merchandise fake?
Fact: fakes are getting harder and harder to spot these days. But there are some telltale signs that can lead you away from the knockoffs and toward official merchandise that you can be proud to sport.
This, by the way, is a fake:
It was put up on eBay in 2009 and looks very much like the real deal. Here's what to look for:
- A too-good-to-be-true price: For real, quality merchandise, you will be paying close to RRP unless it's old stock or there's a sale. If it's a current jersey going for next to nix, be wary buyers.
- Quality: Look at the threads and the embroidery of logos and crests. Genuine jersey's 'pluck' their embroidery, cheaper knockoffs will show signs of poor quality and lack of stitching.
- Irregularities: If things look uneven, crests and logos look a little different than they're supposed to, or colours look a little 'off' then you really should question what you're buying.
- Unofficial inside tags: This include the logo tag on the back of the neck and the washing instructions tag on the side. If they don't read official or are in another language, then this is a telltale sign you've got a fake.
- Buying from an unofficial seller: The last blaring sign you've got a fake is in who is selling the item to you. If it's being peddled on the side of the road or is from a merchant based outside of Australia, you're going to think twice about what you're buying. Want the genuine article? Play it safe. Buy your gear from a reputable, nationwide merchant like Rebel Sport, Nike and Fangear. Or if you're unable to get to the shop, there's the Official Socceroos Shop on their official website.
Time to score some Socceroos trivia points
Impress your mates with these ten Socceroo facts:
- Australia's very first international game was played against New Zealand back in 1922 (ask your gran and gramps for details).
- Our first attempt to qualify for a World Cup was in 1965. Sadly, we didn't make it into the comp until 1974.
- The second time we qualified for a World Cup was 2006. Yeah, we took our time. But we did make it to the Round of 16 that year.
- Since 2006, the Socceroos have qualified for the 2010 and the 2014 World Cups.
- The kit that the team wore during the 2014 World Cup (held in Brazil) featured fabric made from recycled plastic bottles.
- Socceroos home kits always feature gold and green in some way.
- Socceroos away kits tend to feature dark green and black with only a 'hint' of gold.
- 2014 was the first time in 21 years that the team wore white socks. (Prior to this, they wore gold socks.)
- Tim Cahill's children are huge One Direction fans. We don't know why we needed to tell you that...
- And lastly, meet the ugliest jersey that the Socceroos were ever forced to wear:
It's been nicknamed the "vomit" jersey. And sadly, it's not a fake.