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Why Are There No Soccer "Pride Stickers"?

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I was working on some soccer concepts and I had the idea of putting a small patch on the sleeve for every goal that player scores / save that goalie makes. It would operate like a pride sticker on football helmets, just be placed or sewn onto the jersey itself on somewhere like the sleeve. I don't know a lot about soccer, so why hasn't this been done before?

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My first impression is that, given the lack of a hard surface like a helmet among a soccer player's equipment, the fact that such a patch would have to be heat-pressed or sewn on each time it's applied would be a big deterrent. That's a lot of piddly work trying to apply a small patch with big, imprecise machines.

 

Thinking further on it, though, a bigger deterrent to that sort of system is the impermanence of soccer jerseys — and jerseys in other sports, really, which may be why you haven't seen it pop up in baseball or basketball. Players might go through a jersey a game, or even multiple jerseys in a single, plus there's the soccer tradition of exchanging a jersey with an opponent after a game. It's not like football where you'd wear the same helmet all year long. So if you're having to keep track of how many pride stickers a player has and having to reapply them to a new jersey (or two or three) every game only to see them given away, equipment managers might not feel it's the best use of their time.

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Wouldn't a better question be why are there pride stickers in college football? It's not like soccer is the only sport lacking it, but rather the opposite where only one sport does have it. (I'm sure there's some others out there, I guess they are just outside of my sporting world.) 

 

Soccer does sometimes use a 'team pride' concept when stars are added for titles or multiple titles. 

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Yeah, I'm not a fan of pride stickers at all.  They emphasize individual accomplishments above the team's.  That goes against the whole concept of a team uniform, to say nothing of the clutter they add. 

 

Soccer teams that win titles put stars over their badges. 

 

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That's pride enough for me. 

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As an aside, it's interesting that the DC United badge fixes the issue with the varying line weights at the bottom that appear on the graphic version.

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Not really 'pride stickers' as such, but a way to acknowledge an individual achievement - back in the early days of football, some players selected to represent their county or country would cut the crests off the shirts given to them for these matches, and have them sewn onto their club shirts. As these crests were often quite large the end result was sometimes a rather motley looking set of kit.

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Because professional soccer has dignity. It's not a 2nd grade spelling test. "Good job, li'l buddy! You get a sticker!"

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9 hours ago, Jaffa said:

Not really 'pride stickers' as such, but a way to acknowledge an individual achievement - back in the early days of football, some players selected to represent their county or country would cut the crests off the shirts given to them for these matches, and have them sewn onto their club shirts. As these crests were often quite large the end result was sometimes a rather motley looking set of kit.

 

No :censored:? I LOVE to see a picture of this. That actually sounds kinda cool. 

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1 hour ago, Bucfan56 said:

 

No :censored:? I LOVE to see a picture of this. That actually sounds kinda cool. 

 

Well, as you asked so nicely...

 

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Scottish side Queens Park from the 1870s - a couple of the players have cut the lion from the shirts they wore when representing Scotland and stitched them to their club shirts.

 

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Dumbarton from the 1880s, sporting what's apparently a mixture of national and county emblems.

 

As an aside, team photos were so much better back then. :P

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36 minutes ago, the admiral said:

Because professional soccer has dignity. It's not a 2nd grade spelling test. "Good job, li'l buddy! You get a sticker!"

 

The idea of dignity in soccer uniforms disappeared when teams began selling ad space on their shirts.

 

Anyway, stickers awarded for various individual accomplishments would only make the unsightly mess of soccer uniforms even worse.  Stargell Stars were embarassing in baseball; that sort of foolishness should not be repeated anywhere else.

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On 3/12/2016 at 1:50 PM, twi said:

Wouldn't a better question be why are there pride stickers in college football? It's not like soccer is the only sport lacking it, but rather the opposite where only one sport does have it. (I'm sure there's some others out there, I guess they are just outside of my sporting world.) 

 

Soccer does sometimes use a 'team pride' concept when stars are added for titles or multiple titles. 

 

Yeah, even hockey, where players are required to wear helmets (making stickers an easy addition), it's a pretty rare practice at the adult levels. Ohio State does it now that they've started copying the football team's helmet tradition. The idealist in me likes to think that hockey's traditional emphasis on team keeps reward stickers where they should be are relatively more acceptable--at the pee-wee, squirt, and mite levels.

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1 hour ago, Jaffa said:

Well, as you asked so nicely...

 

My bad, that came across more crass than I meant it to. I meant that as a case of expressing "genuine surprise" rather than a case of sarcasm. 

 

Because, you know, I'm not known as one who's prone to being sarcastic around here, or anything :P

 

 

But that's really interesting, and is a tradition that I wouldn't mind seeing brought back around during World Cup/International tournament time. It would add a nice bit of flair to club matches if it was kept to a minimum. 

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I have been a High School level coach for about 9 years.  We had some crossover athletes who wanted something like pride stickers.  So we started giving them award stickers to put on their shin guards...Obviously no one sees them, but it was kind of a ceremonial deal at the end of each game to hand them out.  

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