Important features of a football kit

  • Streamlined, aerodynamic fit.
  • Fabric must be able to endure physical contact and contact with the ground without ripping, splitting, fraying or weakening.
  • Sweat absorbent/dry feel.
  • Fabric needs to endure frequent washing at high temperatures to remove mud/grass stains.
  • Fabric should be of an easy care finish to remove the need for ironing.

What makes up a match day football kit?

Match Kit

Football Shorts Football shorts are relatively loose fitting to allow the player flexibility of movement. Elasticated waistbands allow for a comfortable fit with some styles featuring an additional drawstring tie.
Football shirt Football shirts can be loose or slim fitting according to preferred style, with or without a collar. Player’s names and numbers are usually displayed on the back of the shirt with the club logo and sponsor on the front. Shirts can either have long or short sleeves.
Football boots

 

There are different kinds of football boots, designed specifically to suit the type and condition of the playing surface (eg. Indoor, outdoor, artificial grass etc). As a general guide, soft ground boots have removable screw-in studs, whereas firm ground boots tend to have moulded studs.  Choosing a boot to suit the playing surface will help aid performance on the pitch, prolong the life of the boots and also help prevent injury.  

 

Base Layers In colder months tight fitting base layer shorts and tops can be worn beneath a football kit for additional warmth.
Football socks Depending on the brand you choose, football socks can feature Dri-FIT type technology, ventilated mesh panels and anatomical cushioned footbeds, designed specifically to fit the left and right foot. Football socks are knee length, however some styles can be worn to fit over the knee cap. Football socks also help to hold shin guards firmly in place.
Footless socks Footless socks (otherwise known as stirrup socks) are becoming increasingly popular, the idea is that the player wears non slip ankle socks beneath the football sock, whilst still retaining the overall kit appearance with the knee length sock in team colours.

 

Goalkeeper Match Kit

Goalkeeper gloves Goalkeeper gloves provide additional grip and shock absorption.
Goalkeeper trousers Goalkeepers also have the option of choosing full length or three quarter length fitted trousers as opposed to shorts, to offer extra protection.
Shin guards Shin guards are made from strong plastic or lightweight metal and offer strategic protection for the shins. Most shin guards are secured with straps around the calf and are further secured by the football sock which is worn over the guard. Some models offer additional protection for the ankle and are further secured by a stirrup strap beneath the foot. Most shin guards are designed specifically for a left/right fit.
Goalkeeper base layers Goalkeeper base layer shorts and tops provide additional warmth, whilst also featuring protective padded panels across contacts areas, such as hips, thighs, shoulders and elbows.

 

Referee Kit/Equipment

Referee match shirt Large chest pockets for storing cards and match essentials are an important feature on a referee’s shirt. Shirts can be long sleeved or short sleeved and feature breathable technology.
Shorts As per player’s shorts, referee’s shorts are loose fitting with an elasticated waistband and a drawstring tie.
Stop watch/watch Stopwatches, or watches designed specifically for match use are essential for timing the game, breaks etc.
Cards, notes  and Wallet Red and yellow cards, plus match notes and a pencil are integral to a referee’s job. When stored in a compact, slimline wallet, these items are easy to access from a chest pocket.
Whistle A professional level, high quality whistle is essential for creating a reliably loud signal to players.
Lanyards Securing a whistle on a lanyard and hanging it around the neck keeps it handy throughout the match and prevents it from being dropped.
Vanishing foam Vanishing foam spray provides a visual marker on the pitch for free kicks and also for indicating the distance between the ball and the opposing team. As the name suggests, the mark disappears, leaving no mark on the pitch.

Football kit checklists

Match Kit

Item

Quantity

Shorts
Shirt
Socks
Shin guards
Football boots
Bench jackets

 

Goalkeeper kit

Item

Quantity

Long sleeved shirt
Long trousers/shorts
Gloves
Padded base layer shirt
Padded base layer shorts
Football boots

 

Referee kit/equipment

Item

Quantity

Referee’s shirt
Shorts
Socks
Football boots
Whistle and lanyard
Cards
Data wallet
Stopwatch
Vanishing foam

 

Training wear

Item

Quantity

Training pants/trousers
Training tops
Base layer tops
Base layer shorts/pants
Training jackets/rainwear
Socks
T-Shirts/Polo shirts
Footwear

 

Leisurewear

Item

Quantity

Hoodies
Sweatshirts
Jackets
Polo shirts
Shorts
Sweatpants/bottoms
Tracksuits
T-shirts
Hats/headwear
Gloves

 

Equipment

Item

Quantity

Footballs
Bags
Football boots/footwear
Training aides
Support tapes
Sprays
Ball carriers
Pumps
Water bottles
Water bottle carriers
Speakers/headphones/wristbands