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Authentic vs. Replica Soccer Jerseys

If you’d like to buy an officially licensed soccer jersey, you have two options to consider: an authentic jersey or a replica jersey. But how can you tell which one you should buy?

Authentic Soccer Jersey vs Replica Soccer Jersey

What’s the Difference Between an Authentic and a Replica Soccer Jersey?

At first glance, authentic and replica soccer jerseys look the same. They have the same logos, same colors and look almost identical (especially when your only seeing them online).

You may wonder why there’s such a big price difference since authentic jerseys cost 45% to 70% more than a replica jersey. Does it mean that authentic jerseys are just better? The short answer is no. The longer answer has to do with the purpose of the jersey itself. Both types of jerseys provide fans with the “real thing”. The main distinction is whether the jersey is designed for field play or normal wear.

Authentic jerseys are designed with the best possible technology and fabrics for the highest level of play. They are an exact match to the jerseys you see players wearing on the field.

Replica jerseys are made for a fan in the stands - with excellent materials for highest levels of comfort and wear.

While authentic and replica soccer jerseys look almost identical, the difference comes in three main areas: fit, fabric, and badges.


Authentic - These jerseys are made with a sleeker, athletic design for field play. The slim fit ensure players optimal performance, and doesn’t leave any loose fabric “up for grabs” by a handsy opponent.

Replica - These jerseys are designed for comfortable normal wear. The fit is more relaxed, so you can show your support in the stands or out on the street. Unlike the authentic fit, this fit is better for most body types, even ones that haven’t been out on the field for a while.


Authentic - The most notable difference in the feel of authentic jerseys is the fabric. It’s extremely lightweight and stretchy. This fabric is designed to be breathable, with many tiny holes to allow for ventilation. And, the sweat-wicking feature of an authentic jersey keeps moisture away from a player’s body, while the fabric dries more quickly.

Replica - These jerseys are still made from very breathable fabric, although there isn’t as much ventilation (i.e. tiny holes in the fabric). These jerseys are not as stretchy and are made of a heavier weight, climate control fabric for longer durability.


Authentic - Badges on authentic jerseys are heat transferred. This creates a more seamless look and is lighter weight for players on the field.

Replica - These jerseys have the same logos and badges as authentic jerseys, however, they are embroidered on, so they have a more weighty look and feel.

Now that you can tell the difference between an authentic and a replica jersey, you need only to decide which fit and feel you’re looking for. Are you looking for a relaxed comfortable fit for wearing in the stands? Or, are you looking for a lightweight trim jersey just like they wear on the field? It’s up to you.

Just be sure to make your purchase from an established reputable seller like Authentic Soccer so you can be sure that your getting an officially licensed jersey and not an imitation.

How Can I Tell the Difference Between a Fake and an Official Jersey?

When purchasing soccer jerseys online, you’ll see a lot of price differentiation, and it should make you wonder, “What’s the difference?” The biggest difference is whether you’re buying an official jersey or just an imitation.

As a reputable dealer in officially licensed jerseys, we’d love to give you a few tips so you can be sure you get the genuine article. It’s hard to tell online, but the quality of the jersey itself is really the biggest factor you will notice as a consumer. So, when your shopping online you need to know what to look for in order to spot a genuine jersey. Here are some helpful things to consider so that you won’t end up with a phony jersey.

1. Look for a serialized "Authentic Soccer Replica" or "Officially Licensed Soccer Replica" hologram or label usually found on the collar or waist band. Each official jersey has its own serial number on this label. Without it, you know what your getting isn’t genuine.

2. Make sure there’s an official brand label from Nike, Adidas, Puma, etc… located on the jersey. If this isn’t there, it's a sure sign you’ve got an imitation.

Buy from an established, reputable seller. If you want an officially licensed soccer jersey, you need to buy from an authorized retailer like Authentic Soccer. (We’ve been in the business since 1988, so you know we’re trustworthy, and we aren’t going anywhere.)

Ultimately, if you're looking for an official jersey, be on your guard when you see a deal that’s too good to be true. The old saying is generally true, “You get what you pay for.” And when you pay a lot less, you are most likely going to get something that’s less than genuine.