Football ShirtsThe classic football shirt is usually short sleeved in the spring and summer months, and in the fall and winter players prefer a long sleeve football shirt. These shirts were originally made from cotton and quite heavy, but today football shirts are made from polyester and nylon as both fabrics are lighter in weight. Previously the shirts even had buttoned collars, but nowadays the shirts are button-less and sometimes even collarless. In Europe football shirts are worn for soccer matches and a soccer shirt is known as a football shirt!
A Number on the Back
On August 28th 1938 numbers on the back of football shirts also known to some as "football kits" became fashionable. Arsenal and Chelsea both used numbered shirts in their league games. In 1939 the Football League Management Committee introduced numbering on player's shirts. Since it is difficult to associate a number with a position in the game, only the goalkeeper wears number 1. In 1965 substitutes for the outfield started to wear the numbers 12 and 14, and the reserve goalkeeper always wears the number 13.
In 1954 the FIFA World Cup required teams to wear a squad numbering system, so the players on a nation's squad all used the same shirt numbers for all the tournaments. Sales of these replica kits grew although now that there was squad numbering on the back of the player's shirts, the numbers were not as meaningful as before.
Players Names on the Shirts
On April18th 1993, The League Cup saw the names of each player now being printed on the back of their shirts, and from 1993-1994 Premiership squad numbers and names were also printed on the shirts. The names of the players and the numbers of the players on the football shirts were first introduced at the U.S.A. World Cup Final Tournament in 1994.