November 29, 2022
The evolution of Soccer uniforms
If there is something clear from the origins of Soccer, it is that this sport does not stop evolving. Not only the number of players or the dimensions of the field, this time it is about another of the details that have evolved over the years and it is about Soccer kits.
When football was invented in England in the mid-19th century, players used whatever came to hand as soccer clothing.
When the first soccer competitions began, the teams to distinguish themselves in soccer matches did not use clothing as we are used to today. The teams were distinguished by the use of caps, scarves, or ribbons.
The first documented reference to the colors of the different teams is found in the Sheffield FC Rules dating from 1857, which said that each player had to wear a blue and dark red flannel cap, to be used one color on each side.
During the early years, football kits were mainly based on a long-sleeved shirt, below-the-knee pants that were attached to long socks, and black leather football boots. The goalkeepers used to wear caps.
After the creation of the English Federation, the FA Cup in the 1871-1872 season required that all the players of one team should be clearly distinguished from the players of the other team.
That is why the first uniforms for soccer teams began to appear around 1870. The colors used by the teams in England were often those of the public schools and the sports clubs dependent on these schools.
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Early 20th century
With the arrival of the industry, the materials that began to be used to make the outfits were changed. Cotton gives way to synthetic fabrics, which are lighter, more breathable, and more comfortable.
The shirts vary in color to adapt to those of each team and even began to see short-sleeved shirts, never seen before.
During the first half of the 20th century, many teams began to use prints with stripes and various colors, and shields were already beginning to be seen on soccer jerseys and kits with emblems to identify each player with their number.
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In the 50s, shirts stopped wearing the classic collars that button-down shirts have. Instead, V-necks are made, easier to wear and without the lapel getting in the way. Instead of the classic boots above the ankle, they begin to be manufactured with a design similar to the current one, leaving the ankles free. In addition, the first interchangeable cues are beginning to replace the fixed ones, which means that they become very popular items used by players in a very short time.
The Appearance of the brands
Nowadays it is impossible to think that a team does not have a contract signed with a sports brand to design its uniforms and training material. Another element that appeared was advertising on the t-shirts. The big teams began to wear badges of all kinds, apart from the symbol or logo of the brand that wore them.
In the 70s there was a big change, synthetic fabrics came to sport, so soccer kits became more comfortable and less heavy. V-necks began to be used, more common today along with round necks.
During the 80s there was a boom in sports brands in soccer, they all began to collaborate with the teams and the symbols of these brands already appeared on the shirts.
In the 90s there were advances in design, classic striped or plain t-shirts were no longer manufactured, but the designs included prints, combinations of stripes, symbols, and identifying details of the brand. Advertising on the uniform established itself as the main source of income for the clubs since it contributed a lot of money to the coffers of the teams.
Thanks to the fact that new methods have been used and new materials have been used, new types of sports equipment has been facilitated.
The big brands have been creating shirts with new technologies for the big teams around the world.
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