A kit is the standard equipment and attire worn by players in
association football. The sport's Laws of the Game specify the minimum
kit which a player must use, and also prohibit the use of anything that
is dangerous to the player or another participant. Individual
competitions may stipulate further restrictions, such as regulating the
size of logos displayed on shirts and stating that in the event of a
match between teams with identical or similar colours the away team
must change to a different kit. Footballers generally wear identifying
numbers on the backs of their shirts. Originally a team of players wore
numbers from 1 to 11, corresponding roughly to their playing positions,
but at the professional level this has generally been superseded by
squad numbering, whereby each player in a squad is allocated a fixed
number for the duration of a season. Professional clubs also usually
display players' surnames and/or nicknames on their shirts, above (or,
infrequently, below) their squad numbers. Football kit has evolved
significantly since the early days of the sport, when players typically
wore thick cotton shirts, knickerbockers and heavy rigid leather boots.
In the twentieth century boots became lighter and softer, shorts were
worn at a shorter length, and advancements in clothing manufacture and
printing allowed for shirts to be made in lighter synthetic fibres with
increasingly colourful and complex designs.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Third Crusade: Conrad of Montferrat, the elected King of Jerusalem, was
fatally stabbed by members of the Hashshashin.
The University of Santo Tomas in Manila, one of the oldest existing
universities in Asia and one of the world's largest Catholic
universities in terms of enrollment, was founded.
Fletcher Christian led a mutiny aboard the Royal Navy ship HMAV Bounty
against its commander William Bligh .
London's Wembley Stadium, then known as Empire Stadium, was opened to
the public for the first time and held the 1923 FA Cup Final between
Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United football clubs.
The Treaty of San Francisco entered into force, ending the occupation
of Japan by the former Allied Powers of World War II.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
To deceive or trick
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The pen is mightier than the sword ... if the sword is very short, and
the pen is very sharp.
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