The Welsh FA have entered into discussions with UEFA over the possibility of a name change after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. In the future, the Wales team may be called “Cymru”.
“Cymru” (Wales, in Gaelic), could be the new name of the Wales team, who have expressed their wish to change the name of its national teams after the World Cup in Qatar. A potential change synonymous with the revival of the Welsh language, as explained by Noel Mooney, chief executive of the FAW (Football Association of Wales):
“We want the Cymru name to be used internationally from now on. If you look on our website, we already use this name. The work is still long for this change of name to be formalised, and we will therefore participate in this World Cup as Wales.”
“2023 seems to be the right time to officially start the process: it will be the right year to start discussions with all the stakeholders: the government, the decision-making bodies, but also all the members of the Federation, the clubs and the players. The FAW remains a democratic organization and we will decide all this together.”
In Qatar, Wales will face England, the United States and Iran in Group B. This will be their second participation in a World Cup, after that of 1958 in Sweden, during which they reached the quarter-finals (1-0 defeat against Brazil on a goal by Pelé).