National Jersey Friday is a day when everyone can join in the celebration by wearing their favorite sports team jersey. This is a great way to show your passion and pride for your favorite team and creates a sense of solidarity between fans.
The name “Jersey” comes from the island of the same name in the English Channel, where a special knitting method has been used to produce sportswear for centuries. The first team to wear a uniform were gymnasts representing Germany, who wore a gray linen uniform. By the end of the 19th century, linen was replaced by cotton fabric, and teams began to distinguish themselves from other countries with the use of different colors and symbols. Uniform team dress rules were first used at the London Olympic Games in 1908.
- The first synthetic fabrics for sportswear appeared in the 1930s. Initially, the models were uncomfortable, but after half a century, synthetic was considered the most convenient.
- It was in football that the idea first arose to treat sportswear as a commercial tool. Leeds United started selling team t-shirts with logos to fans.
- In the 1980s, teams began to sign sponsorships and place sponsor logos on the form, as well as put the names and numbers of the players on the shirts.
- National Jersey Friday was first established by representatives of the National Football League Players Association, in order to unite fans.
How to take part
Put on the jersey of your favorite team or specific player, take a selfie, and share your pride and passion with your social media followers. If your preferences change, just change the t-shirt. You can also organize a party in the style of your favorite sports team, or gather your friends and go to a bar to watch a football game or any other broadcast.
When is National Jersey Friday celebrated in 2023?
National Jersey Friday is observed on the first Friday of November each year.