Whether you want a pro-quality jersey to wear while competing on the pitch, or your favorite player’s jersey to show your devotion while cheering from the stands, making sure you find the right size is key for maximum comfort and long-term use. Here are a few sizing tips from the experts at The Center Circle that will help you choose the right size jersey for you.
Take An Accurate Chest Measurement
It’s important to have an accurate chest measurement to get started. To measure your chest, you’ll need a measuring tape and a friend to help you. Holding your arms out straight, have your friend measure the circumference of the thickest part of your chest. Make sure they keep the tape level. This distance will be your chest measurement, and it will be used to select a jersey size. For most body types, this measurement will help you find the perfect fit, but if you’re really tall and skinny, or have a short, ultra stocky build, you may have to add or subtract a size, especially if your chest is on the border of two sizes.
Differences Between Brands
Next, figure out which manufacturer makes the jersey you hope to buy. Soccer jerseys vary in size between brands, as some are cut a little bigger than others. Also, kits ordered from overseas tend to run smaller than jerseys sold on the American market. Authentic jerseys also tend to have a tighter fit, since modern players prefer their kits to be as non-bulky as possible.
Generally, Nike® jerseys are pretty consistently sized. adidas® jerseys are a slightly slimmer fit, while PUMA® has a big difference between replica and authentic jerseys. There are nuances to be found with jersey designs from other top manufacturers as well, such as New Balance® and Under Armour®.
Beware of Shrinkage
Keep in mind that some materials may shrink in the wash, even if you follow all care instructions. Garments that are made from purely synthetic materials shouldn’t shrink at all in the wash. However, soccer kits that contain cotton can shrink. You can expect jerseys made with poly-cotton fabric to shrink 3-4%, and 100% cotton garments to shrink 7-10% when they are washed for the first time.
Use an accurate chest measurement to order a new jersey, and try it on once it has arrived. If it’s really snug and made with cotton, you can expect it to shrink a little, so it’s probably best to exchange it for a bigger size right away.