National Jersey Friday is a day when everyone can put on their favorite sports team jersey and attend a sporting event. In such a shirt, heated debates flare up about which team is better, but such rivalry unites. A fan of any sport can join the celebration. Wear your shirt proudly on National Jersey Friday.
The name “Jersey” comes from the name of the island of the same name, which is located in the English Channel. Here, for many centuries, a special knitting method has been used to produce sportswear.
The history of sports team uniforms is quite interesting. The first team were gymnasts representing Germany, they wore a gray linen uniform. By the end of the 19th century, linen was replaced by cotton fabric. Even later, it became necessary to distinguish between representatives of teams from different countries, then they came up with the idea of dyeing T-shirts in different colors, as well as sewing on numbers and other symbols. For the first time, uniform team dress rules were used at the London Olympic Games in 1908. It was then that the term “jersey” was first used.
- The first synthetic fabrics for sportswear appeared in the 30s. 20th century. At first, the models were uncomfortable, but after half a century, it was the synthetic form that 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 80s. teams began to sign contracts with sponsors and place sponsors’ logos on the form, as well as put on the shirts the names of the players and his number.
- National Jersey Friday was first established by representatives of the National Football League Players Association, they wanted to unite fans, create a sense of solidarity between them.
How to celebrate
Of course, 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 suddenly change, just change the T-shirt. 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 2022?
National Jersey Friday is observed on the first Friday of November each year.