How to Determine Football Jersey Size

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How to Determine Football Jersey Size
It is easy to determine what size jersey is right for you. (football fan image by Mat Hayward from

Football jerseys usually run big in the shoulders and smaller around the stomach and waist. Many people think that if they wear an extra-large T-shirt, then they should get the same size for a football jersey. In most cases, however, that is not true. Unless you plan on putting your football jersey over a pair of shoulder pads, you won't need to get a very large-size jersey. Going up one size from your normal shirt size usually is a good estimate for a football jersey. But, if you want to be more accurate, here is how to properly size a football jersey.

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Things you need

  • Clothing tape measure

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  1. 1

    Measure the length around your chest. Use the tape measure and place it all the way around your chest to get a full measurement. Record the number.

  2. 2

    Measure the front and back of your upper body. Use the tape measure, and measure from the top of your shoulder to your waist on the front of your body. Record the number. Take the same measurement for the back of your body and record the number.

  3. 3

    Use a sizing chart to compare the numbers you measured with football jersey sizes. You can find football jersey sizing charts on the Internet on websites such as Dick's Sporting Goods. Match the numbers of your measurements on the sizing chart to determine your football jersey size.

Tips and warnings

  • It might be helpful to have another person assist you in taking your measurements to ensure they are accurate.
  • Some football jersey brands might run a little bigger or smaller than others. Be sure to try on the jersey to ensure a proper fit.

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