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The most popular kits are listed to the right, if you want a shirt from another team please choose the division they play in from those on the left, international kits are here.

Player shirts; Barcelona's Neymar & Lionel Messi. Real Madrid's; Cristiano Ronaldo & Gareth Bale. Van Persie & Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford & Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere.

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Official: Canada 2015 Umbro Home Kit
Supplied by Umbro, Canada have officially launched their new home kit for the 2015-16 international season. Set to debut their new home kit against Guatemala, the new home shirt for Canada is again coloured red and this time round a …...

Reading 2015 PUMA “Special” Home Kit
Reading have revealed a special fan-designed home kit for the club to wear against Blackburn Rovers in their next Championship league match. Reading have revealed a special kit designed by 14 year old Reading fan Ryan Du...

FC Koln 2015 Erima Special ‘Tolerance’ Kit - Bundesliga club FC Koln have revealed a special ‘Tolerance’ Kit for their...
Coritiba 2015 Nike Third Kit - Brazilian side Coritiba have officially launched a new third kit for the 20...
Official: Sheffield United 2015-16 adidas Home Kit - League One outfit Sheffield United have officially revealed their new home ...

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All about football kits

A soccer shirt known in europe as a football shirt is worn for Association Football (soccer) matches, it is usually short sleeved, but during the winter months many players will use a long sleeved version. Nowadays they are very similar to rugby union shirts, which was not the case previously, all the information we provide on rugby shirts is thanks to the guys at rugbyshirts.net

Kits were originally heavy and made from cotton, today's are polyester and nylon based and much lighter to wear. Original shirts had buttoned collars, nowadays they don't tend to have buttons and are sometimes collarless. We have a full range of retro shirts, but you should also take a look at retro football shirts who have everything and a closer look at the teams. We've stopped covering football boots and leave that to the experts like the guys at Football Boots.co.uk

Numbers on the back of shirts

The earliest record of the use of numbers on the back of football kits was 25th August 1928, when Chelsea & Arsenal both used them in their league games. In 1939 the numbering of players shirts was introduced by the Football League Management Committee, over the years the convention changed as formations did and eventually it was difficult to associate a number with a position, although number 1 has always been the goalkeeper.

In 1965 a change in the rules saw substitutions allowed for the first time, however only to replace injured players, this was expanded in 1966 to allow them for any reason. The outfield substitutes would wear the numbers 12 & 14 with the reserve goalkeeper wearing 13.

At the 1954 World Cup FIFA required teams to use a squad numbering system, shirt numbers were given to all the players on a nation’s squad and they used the same shirt number for all the tournament. The advent of squad numbering on the back of player shirts, meant the numbers were less meaningful but sales of replica kits rocketed. The League Cup final of 18 April 1993 saw the first player names on the back of shirts and from the 1993-94 Premiership squad names and numbers were used. Shirts bearing player names as well as numbers were first used in World Cup final tournament play at the 1994 tournament in the U.S.A.

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