Great & Horrendous Kits That Would Be Not Possible Anymore Because Of Kit Regulations

After we took a detailed look at FIFA's kit regulations and three famous cases when FIFA or other associations forced brands / clubs to change the design of their kits to apply to their kit rules, we now want to give you some examples of jersey designs that would be no more possible, mainly containing jerseys of the 1990s.



In fact, each league / competition has its own Equipment Regulations. FIFA and UEFA are amongst the most strict regarding kit regulations, while leagues such as the Brazilian or Mexican first division are giving teams more options regarding sponsor logos and other elements.

Most of Jorge Campos' Insane Goalkeeper Jerseys




Let us kick off with one of the most easy and obvious examples regarding the impacts of FIFA's kit regulations - the kits of Mexican goalkeeper Jorge Campos. Mexico let Jorge Campos design his own goalkeeper kits in the 1990s, and the results were colorful, to say the least. Each of his kits violates not only one but various kit regulations, with the most obvious one the 'maximum number of colors / dominant color.

With the sole exception of vertically, horizontally or similarly striped and chequered shirts using two Colours equally in a non-predominant manner,in the event that three or four Colours are used on the surface of a Playing Equipment item, based on the visual impression created by such Playing Equipment item when used by the Players, one of the Colours used must be clearly predominant and the remaining Colours on the same Playing Equipment item must be clearly minor. The predominant Colour must be visible to the same extent on the back and front of the Playing Equipment item.


Rules For Branding / Logo Positions - e.g. Adidas' 1990s Three Stripes Designs




Another important chapter in FIFA's Equipment Regulations is the positioning and size of brandings, logos and other applications. FIFA now no more allows brands to put their logo where they want to but it is clearly defined how big, how many and where logos have to be placed.

The Member Associations may additionally display the Manufacturer logo (being a design mark) in the form of a strip in one of the following positions:
a) across the bottom of both sleeves;
b) centred down the outer seam of both sleeves (from the collar across the
top of the shoulders down the bottom of the sleeve excluding the Sleeve
Free Zone); or
c) centred down the outer seams of the shirt.


Juventus wouldn't be allowed to put their logo on the sleeves in the Champions League today

Rules Against Too Colorful Kits - e.g. Maximum Number of Colors




Already mentioned above, there is a rule for the maximum number of colors and other aspects regarding the colors, preventing such designs as VfL Bochum's infamous kit that 'perfectly' incorporates the colorful sponsor logo.



Kits With Highly Contrasting Graphic & Other Elements (e.g. Numbers)



In the 1990s, many brands released jerseys with extremely bold, highly-contrasting graphics on the front. This is now forbidden with the Equipment Regulations of FIFA and other associations.



Would you like to see such bold kit designs again? Let us know in the comments below.