When do teams wear their away jerseys at international level?

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We may roll our eyes and shake our heads when opposing fans throw barbs (or rocks) at one another. It's just a game, we tell ourselves. It's really not that serious.

But honestly, who hasn't felt that powerful sense of pride when his college team wins, when his country earns a gold, when his hometown team brings back the big trophy?

Who hasn't smoldered when the opposing fans chant "safety school" or when that cocky receiver for the other team does his taunting celebration dance?

And who, after his rival team lost a big game, hasn't Googled that rival's hometown newspaper to revel in the misery of opposing fans?

No, readers, for many it's not just a game.

It's war.

And like any war, crossing enemy lines is risky.

Heading to the enemy's mother ship (read: stadium) without attempting to blend in (read: strip yourself of your team's jersey and cap), well, can be lethal.

Click on to see 10 stadiums which you should never wear an...

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A Brief History of Football Kit Design in England and Scotland

© Dave Moor (May 2009)

The Victorian Period (1857-1899)

The game of football is generally considered to date back to the mob football games played in the Middle Ages between rival villages without rules and with unlimited players on each side. The Royal Shrovetide football match is a supposed survival of this early form of the game. Modern scholarship has, however, revealed that small-side games, played by young men according to locally agreed rules, were commonplace and as such, went largely unrecorded.

The first recognised rules of football were laid down by English public schools to govern inter-house competition and fell broadly into two groups; the handling game developed at Rugby School and the dribbling game that emerged from Eton, although other schools such as Harrow, Winchester, Uppingham, Shrewsbury, Marlborough and Charterhouse all had their own versions. In keeping with the...

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Away colors are a choice of coloured clothing used in team sports. They are required to be worn by one team during a game between teams that would otherwise wear the same colours as each other, or similar colours. This change prevents confusion for players and spectators. In most sports it is the visiting team that must change – second-choice kits are commonly known as away kits or change kits in British English, and road uniforms in American English.

In most cases, a team wears its away kit only when its primary kit would clash in colour with that of the home team. However, sometimes teams wear away colours in home games by choice. At some clubs, the away kit has become better-known or more popular than the home version. Replica home and away kits are usually made available for sale to fans. Some clubs also produce third-choice kits or old-fashioned throwback uniforms for marketing purposes.

Some sports leagues mandate that away teams must always wear an alternative...

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In ice hockey, an official is a person who has some responsibility in enforcing the rules and maintaining the order of the game. There are two categories of officials, on-ice officials, who are the referees and linesmen that enforce the rules during game play, and off-ice officials, who have an administrative role rather than an enforcement role.

On-ice officials[edit]

An official about to drop the puck during a faceoff.

As the name implies, on-ice officials do their job on the hockey rink. They are traditionally clad in a black hockey helmet, black trousers, and a black-and-white striped shirt. They wear standard hockey skates and carry a finger whistle, which they use to stop play. They communicate with players, coaches, off-ice officials, both verbally and via hand signals. Starting in 1955 with the introduction of the black-and-white jersey, NHL on-ice officials wore numbers on their back for identification.[1] In 1977, NHL officials removed the number...

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In association football, some national and club sides include one or more stars as part of (or beside) the badge (often referred to as a "crest") appearing on their shirt, to represent important trophies the team has previously won. Often this is a unilateral decision by a team itself, rather than a specific privilege earned or sanctioned by any governing body and as such, the relevance of these stars on a club's shirt is somewhat tenuous.

Standardised significance[edit]

Club[edit]

The

scudetto

(Italian for "little shield") was the source of inspiration for the adding of stars.

The first team in association football history to adopt a star was Juventus, who added one above their badge in 1958 to represent their tenth Italian Football Championship and Serie A title, at the time, the new national record.[1] This was an extension of the existing convention by which the reigning champions are entitled to display the scudetto on their shirts...

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Development Academy Questions

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What is the D.C. United Academy?
The D.C. United Academy is the highest level of the D.C. United Youth Program for youth players in age groups U-13/14, U-15/16 and U-17/18. These teams participate in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy ten months out of the year in two separate halves of the season. D.C. United usually plays from September thru December and then March thru the end of June.

How will the D.C. United Academy experience differ from a typical club...

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Softball is a variant of baseball played with a larger ball on a smaller field. It was invented in 1887 in Chicago as an indoor game. It was at various times called indoor baseball, mush ball, playground, softball, kitten ball, because it was also played by women, ladies' baseball. The name softball was given to the game in 1926.

A tournament held in 2019

at the Chicago World's Fair spurred interest in the game. The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America (founded 1933) governs the game in the United States and sponsors annual sectional and World Series championships. The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) regulates rules of play in more than 110 countries, including the United States and Canada; before the WBSC was formed in 2013, the International Softball Federation filled this role. Women's fastpitch softball became a Summer Olympic sport in 1996, but it (and baseball) were dropped in 2005 from the 2012 Games, to be reinstated in 2016 for the 2020...
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