Football Shirt Culture

Win A Trip to Italy with the Middlesbrough Futsal Club 2013 Erreà Home Kit Design Competition

Middlesbrough Futsal Club have again joined forces with to help them design their new Home kit, which will be manufactured by Erreà.

In August 2009, Middlesbrough enlisted the help of DF and the product of that competition  - a design by Morgan O'Brien - is worn by the side currently in the FA National Futsal League.  Since then, Middlesbrough have been at the centre of futsal's growth in the UK and are now one of the country's top sides, as well as being one of its most fervently supported by way of their "Red Faction" fans.

The club today celebrates its sixth birthday and has recently updated its crest so it's an ideal time for a striking new kit.  They are offering a signed and framed version of the manufactured winning design and a trip for two to Parma, Italy*, including a visit to Erreà's headquarters, for the successful entrant.

adidas headquaters by kenzo.

Today we received an email from the recruiter for Design jobs at adidas with the question if we could post a job link on FSC as they are looking for an Apparel Designer in their Football area.

"We want a talented designer with a huge passion for football and your audience seems perfect for that"

Hopefully a talented designer from FSC or gets a chance.

Design the Dons kit

AFC Wimbledon could run out next season in a kit designed by you! AFC Wimbledon are pleased to launch the 2012/2014 Design the Dons Kit competition which can make that a reality - the team wearing a kit of your design. If that wasn’t enough, your prize will include your very own full replica kits.

The rules are simple:


We are very pleased to announce the winner of's latest competion, to design a Middlesbrough Futsal Club's new home kit. 

As usual, the designs were generally of a very high standard and Boro were hugely impressed with what was put forward.  Accordingly, we'll leave it to them to do the honours:

"Middlesbrough Futsal Club, in conjunction with, ran a competition to design the club's new strip for 2010-11.  The competition received over 150 entries, with some fantastic and innovative designs, and some awful ones!  A huge thank you to everyone who entered, and special mention to Morgan O'Brien, Ben Biro and Matupeco, who all contributed several fantastic designs. See all the entries here.



Design Middlesbrough Futsal Club’s 2009-2011 home kit

Middlesbrough Futsal Club have teamed up with Sala Sports and to bring you a fantastic competition to design Boro’s new home kit as they aim for a place in the UEFA Futsal Cup.

Middlesbrough are one of England’s leading futsal clubs and currently sit at the top of the national league North. They will contest the English title in October against the best teams from the Midlands and South and your design could inspire them to greater things! As well as on the court, they are leading the way in futsal off the pitch, already becoming a recognised brand all over the world, with fans in South America, Asia and Europe.

Sala Sports supply Middlesbrough with their kit from Italian brand Erreà. Fabrizio Taddei of Erreà, a representative of and the Boro committee will judge the competition and the winner will receive a kit for their team courtesy of Sala Sports. Middlesbrough Futsal Club will also give away a family season ticket for 2010 and the winning design will be presented to you at the first home game at Thornaby Pavilion.

Boro play in navy blue with red trim, colours chosen because of the lion in the town’s civic crest, and designers should stick to a predominantly blue kit.   Football in Middlesbrough has a steep history and with futsal being relatively new to the town, there is nothing wrong with delving into the history of Middlesbrough FC for inspiration as well.

Steevo’s Illustrator Tutorial

Fantasy football kit designs are not in short supply both here on and on Some great techniques are shown and some excellent tips on how to create designs from templates on PhotoShop.

But I’ve decided to show you an alternative. My tutorial relates to Adobe Illustrator (download Trail @ Adobe Trial Link ) and shows how you can create your own templates for reusing, quick and easy ways to stylishly present your designs and also how the work of a designer is sometimes as much about the client’s requests as it is about our creativity.

I won’t really demonstrate the techniques as others have because I’d recommend videos on YouTube for that kind of guidance. I’ll just show you that you can create effective designs by having the freedom to start from scratch and perfecting your own style.


Firstly, you need to create your basic kit shapes. A handy way to approach this is to use the pen tool and trace the outline on a photograph (there’s lots of videos on YouTube showing this technique) but I generally create my kits by drawing until I’m happy with the proportions. It’s good to have an eye for these things. Play around and you’ll soon get the hang of it.


And the winner is... Well I am not going to give that away just yet, we'll get to that later on, just want to say thanks to everyone who entered the competition. We have had some very interesting and elaborate designs sent in and some quite simplistic too. So again to everyone who uploaded their designs, thank you ever so much and fingers crossed...

Now that little mushy bit is out of the way, onto some of the close runners up, who myself and the 'panel' of judges believe deserve a mention. There was a great deal of delight in visiting DesignFootball every day to see what wonderful works had been created.

Firstly there is this magnificent work by Matupeco. It has a very creative reversible theme, using both modern and traditional Sevilla insignia on either side. In keeping with the theme of modern and bygone on either side of the shirt the font differs from antiquated on one side and a more fresh-looking paint effect on the other. The symbolic dates and script located in different parts of the shirt make it very identifiable to any Sevilla fan and it would most likely be a fans' favourite. The shirt is finished off with a classy ripped look at the bottom, making something of a looking glass effect into the reversed side.


The first Member kit design competition organized by Curswine is now opened. The winner gets to pick a shirt up to 50 GBP from our friends over at

The team in question this time around is Sevilla FC, a Spanish football club from the Andalusian region. They are in more recent times one of the more successful clubs in Spain, claiming a Copa del Rey in 2007, winning back to back UEFA cup titles in 2006 and 2007 and topping this off with good league finishes and champions league football. More history can be found here.

Sevilla usually play in white shirts, white shorts and. black socks for their home games and this is what I pretty much expect for the competition although designers have free reign over what they publish as entries.

Below are the most recently released Sevilla 09/10 uniforms, and have come under some criticism from users of many football shirt websites as being "cheap" looking and "tacky" just to pick out a few words used in describing them.

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