See some of the history behind the choice of colors used in soccer uniforms.
The sport of being a national passion came close to what we know today in 1863, when a group of players founded the Football Association of England and incorporated the first set of Standard Rules of the Game. When it was determined that each team needed a uniform.
However, in the first rules, it was not clear that teams should wear uniforms of different colors from each other. In 1879, during a match for Birmingham, in FA cup, a reporter told readers how difficult it is to distinguish the players from each team:
“In football, it is necessary to clearly distinguish the members of the team from each other. The only way to do this is for each team to have a distinct uniform, since the variety of clothes that were worn yesterday not only confused the team members, but the spectators could not identify which man belongs to one team or another.”The reporter commented.
Since football was originally a sport played by members of the upper class in the UK, wearing a uniform was not a huge drawback, even if it was costly. However, social issues were also evident in the colors of the uniform.
Players considered to be of the lower aristocracy were not able to invest in their spare time, so the British teams that still wore white in their uniforms had a more modest origin, with white shirts being cheaper and easier to obtain with tailors.
With the spread of sports and technological advances in textile mills, a series of questions, the most diverse, were opened for teams to choose the colors of their uniforms.
out of place EnglandThe working class played the game of the wealthier classes, who constantly linked the colors of their uniforms to their origins. For example, one of the first colonies’ teams, the Scottish Hibernian Team, founded in 1875 by Irish immigrants living in Edinburgh, chose green to honor the athletes’ homeland.
In Brazil, the uniform is characterized by the most varied colors in relation to the origin of the club, whether to standardize the uniforms of two associations joined together, to indicate their foreign origin, to honor a particular position or symbol, among several other reasons.
special focus on soccer uniform Among the Varzea teams, some teams such as Pão Caseiro Futebol Clube, Sedex, Inconfidência EC, Capão Raso FC, Palmeirinha and Ajax Futebol Clube stand out with their distinctive outfits.
International clubs of Brazilian origin, aware of the love and rivalry that the sport evokes in the masses, always strive to keep their colors away from the local teams, and seek to attract as many fans as possible, as is the case with Orlando City Football Club, founded by the Brazilian businessman Flávio Augusto da Silva, who chose purple as the main color, breaking any association with another Brazilian association.