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Can Get Enough Of World Cup? 5 Things To Know More About Football Shirts

by Aliana Baraquio

When it comes to football shirts, FIFA sets some rules that every team should follow. National teams usually contact a huge company to make their uniforms. These companies are updated with the rules and regulations of making classic football shirts so the teams wouldn’t receive penalties.

Of course, aside from the rules, a team’s shirt also has specific additions that will make them easy to be recognised such as the colour palette. Furthermore, the colours used in classic football shirts don’t often change. But if they do, the team’s management will communicate with the manufacturers.

As a football fan, you may or may not be familiar with the parts of a football shirt. It’s probably because you haven’t started collecting kits yet, or you a new fan.


So if you’re not yet familiar with what the jersey shirt details look like, then you should check the list below!

1. Main shirt

Did you know that almost the entire classic football shirts are made of polyester? It’s not only on the players’ shirts but also for the replicas. Years ago, Nike released a video that shows how they use recycled plastic bottles to extract polyester in them. Other brands that also use recycled yarn are PUMA and Adidas.

Aside from polyester, elastane is also used in some areas of the shirt. You can find it usually in the parts of the shirt that needs to be stretched like the arms and the neck. However, even if elastane is more stretchable, it can’t be used to make the entire shirt.

2. Logo of the team and sponsors

The logo of the team and sponsors are made of polyurethane. It’s a synthetic-feeling material that is also used in producing soccer balls.

When printing a polyurethane on a shirt, heat is needed to make it stick. Another good thing about this material is that it’s also water-resistant so the print won’t easily fade away.

Aside from the material used in printing the logos, FIFA also set the required size of the logos to make room for the other details. Normally, they’re about 4 inches. The logo of the team is placed on the left side of the chest, while the sponsor is on right.


3. Name of the player

Traditionally, the last name of the player is on the back of the shirt, and top of the number. However, some players prefer their nickname or last name. It helps them to be easily identified if they print the name their know for on the back of their classic football shirts.

The print of the name is also made of polyurethane so it can last long. That’s why, whenever there are used classic football shirts worn by the players, fans can still collect them.

4. Player number

Did you know that the numbers at the back of the platers’ shirts are created to identify their positions? Since teammates are wearing the same shirt, and it would be harder if only the names are there, the numbering system was also created.

Below is the numbering system, along with their correspondent positions:

1- Goalkeeper

2-Right Defender

3- Left Defender

4 and 5- Central Defenders

6- Defensive Midfielder

7 and 11- Right and Left-wingers

8- Central midfielder

9- Striker

10- Attacking midfielder

Meanwhile, numbers 12 and up are usually the substitutes. With these numbers, it’s easier for the referee and the audience to identify the players while running in the field. It’s even important if there are fouls or misconducts made by the players.


5. Other details

When it comes the colour, the association is allowing up to 4 different colours present in the shirt. However, if the shirt contains a checked or stripes with two equal colours, then they’re allowed to use up to 5 colours.

If the manufacturers or the team’s management request other details such as neckline alterations, they must be approved by the national federation and FIFA.

Furthermore, there can be additions such as the function and overall impact. For example, if the allowed material used in the shirts is not the ones approved by the association, then the team might obtain a penalty.


Now that you know much more about classic football shirts and their parts, you can now customise or even start collecting the classics. If you happen to know more trivia about this, don’t hesitate to share it with us by leaving a comment below!

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