A Brief History Of Soccer Jerseys

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Last week marked the start of one of the biggest events in soccer (or, for those of you not in America, Canada, or Australia: football): the World Cup. As we’ve done previously with the Tour de France and the Olympics, we thought it would be nice to spend this BeWeave It on a brief history of soccer jerseys. Originally there were no uniforms; players wore white button-up shirts and trousers (often long trousers at that) accessorized with a colorful cap or scarf.


In 1870, soccer became so popular that fans wanted a way to better tell their teams apart and so teams started wearing specific colors, usually those related to their school or club if they could afford it. (Less affluent teams would often wear white.) The most evolutions of the uniform took place in the 20th century, especially with the advent of lightweight, synthetic fibers.  In the 1930s the tailored tops became colored, rugby-style shirts and eventually the method of using numbers to identify individual players was installed. By the 1960s the uniforms became brighter (so as to see them better from afar) and logos began to appear on uniforms.


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