Macarthur A-League club takes another step forward towards official name

The South West Sydney Magpies? or Macarthur FC? 

These are just a couple of the names suggested for Macarthur's new A-League team.

Macarthur South West United has wrapped up its community online surveys, where residents gave feedback on what the club's name, colours and mascot should look like.

The surveys opened in January and United's deputy chairman Gino Marra said that he was delighted with the community's response.

Mr Marra said the club aimed to make an official team announcement in May.

"We received about 4000 surveys. We are now collating that data which is a mammoth task," he said.

"We have had some great suggestions and it's been a great response."

The online surveys were complemented by a series of community forums across Macarthur and south-west Sydney, including the inaugural event in Campbelltown in February.

Mr Marra said each of the forums were well attended.

"People are really getting behind us," he said.

The campaign for Macarthur to gets its own A-League team launched in late 2017.

In early 2018, United for Macarthur and South-West Sydney both officially announced they would make bids to join the A-League.

South-West Sydney and United for Macarthur were announced in May as two of 10 successful bids from across Australia to progress into the final phase of A-League expansion.

The two bids merged in August to become the Macarthur South West United bid.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced two months later that Macarthur South West United was one of six teams to survive the latest A-League culling process.

Last December, the FFA gave the green light for Macarthur South West United to become an A-League team.

Mr Marra told the Advertiser at the time that the announcement was "great news for the region".

"I believe this team will put our region on the map," he said.

"People really care about football down here and I think it's just going to grow.

"We are 100 per cent committed to this region - Campbelltown is our home."

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said the successful bid was reward for a "great amount of hard work by a lot of people".

"Our bid has gone from strength to strength and shows people are very passionate about the sport here," he said.

The new team, based in Campbelltown, will join Australia's premier soccer competition in the 2020/21 season.

Macarthur South West United is expected to announce its inaugural coach and first recruits by October 2019.