Difference between Normal[Fan Version] and Player Version jerseys..!

1. Price: Fan Version vs Player Version

Here’s what you’re most likely to be interested in – how does each kit affect your wallet? Well…

Fan Version soccer jerseys always cost less than their Player Version counterparts.

This is because they are built with more cost-effective fabric and applications (more on each of those topics later). Fan Version jerseys are designed for everyday support and casual wear – there is no need for manufacturers to invest the extra money into turning them into high-performance sport devices – and there’s no reason to charge the average supporter for that, either.
Player Version jerseys, on the other hand, are built to assist world class athletes in performing at the highest level. Much more thought and cost goes into the creation of their kits. We’ll look at how exactly that happens in a moment. For now, back to the price:

  • Fan Version jerseys on our site are available new
  • Player Version jerseys on our site are available new between and depending on brand
  • Remember, all jerseys on our site ship free with use of code FANJERSEY at checkout

2. Applications (Crests, badges, patches sponsors and more): Fan Version vs Player Version

(Fan version) Left -:- Right ( Player version)

All applications applied to your jersey – be it club crest, sponsor, brand or league/cup badges – differ between Fan Version and Player Version.
On the Fan Version, most applications (barring the sponsor) are embroidered or sewn-on, meaning they have a thread-like feel and are durable, able to withstand extensive wear and numerous wash cycles.
On the Player Version, applications are heat-pressed, meaning they have a smooth, synthetic feel and must be handled with care when washed. Badges like these create a premium aesthetic, as they are often raised and textured, sometimes heavier than their Fan Version counterparts for clubs who have a larger crest, like Manchester United.

(Fan version) Left -:- Right ( Player version)

(Fan version) Left -:- Right ( Player version)

The differences in crests are plain to see, but note the logo application on the shoulder of the Italy jersey (bottom). Differences in applications don’t only apply to club crests

3. Fit: Fan Version vs Player Version

Probably the most important and notable distinction between Fan Version and Player Version soccer jerseys is the way they fit.
When it comes to fit, just keep this in mind: Fan Version kits are built like t-shirts or polos, while Player Versions are tighter, slim and form-fitting. This means there will be visible differences in the tightness of the shirts at the waist, hips and arms.
Player Version jerseys wear a bit tighter – on the pitch, this protects you from the opposition grabbing you and pulling you back by your jersey. There’s also an argument to be made for aerodynamics and reduced flapping when performing quick turns and pirouettes.

If you don’t like the slim fit, but still would like to wear an Player Version jersey, we recommend you purchase one size up from your typical shirt size. So, if you wear a medium in your everyday attire, you may consider ordering a large Player Version kit. Consult our Sizing Guide for more details so you can make an informed purchase.

(Fan version) Left -:- Right ( Player version)

(Fan version) Left -:- Right ( Player version)

Player Version jerseys fit more snug in just about all areas – chest, waist, torso, shoulders.

4. Material: Fan Version vs Player Version

Now we get technical. Fan Versions and Player Versions are usually built with slightly different fabric technologies that vary by brand. They all have unique names and descriptions but can best be summed up as such:

  • Fan Version jerseys make use of conventional, affordable fabric technology designed to keep you cool and comfortable. This material is typical fabric weight.
  • Player Version jerseys make use of high-performance, sweat-wicking fabric. They are often laser-cut, carefully paneled and built to increase airflow and regulate body temperature. This material is ultra-lightweight.

On Fan Version Jerseys, you’ll find the following fabric technology:

  • AeroReady Technology – lightweight and built for warm temperatures, synthetic fibers push sweat from the body to the fabric’s outer layer, keeping you dry and comfortable
  • Dri-FIT Technology – a high-performance, microfiber polyester fabric that wicks sweat away from the body and allows for increased airflow
  • dryCELL Technology – ’s sweat-wicking fabric that keeps you dry and comfortable

Player Version Jerseys make use of more quality tech:

  • HeatReady Technology – premium fabric technology engineered to offer cooling and breathability in areas where athletes need it most, moving sweat and heat away from the body quickly
  • VaporKnit Technology – premium technology combining lightweight cooling, reduced cling and precision fit while wicking sweat from the body and drying quickly
  • Ultraweave – the lightest ever jersey fabric technology, optimized for performance

New Balance has one standard fabric technology across both jersey types:

  • NB Dry Technology – New Balance’s sweat-wicking fabric that keeps you dry and comfortable

The engineering patch differences are clear, but pay special attention to the fabric differences here, as well. Finally, jerseys usually include a dropped hem on the Player Versions, while Fan Versions are straight.

The last important thing to note with jersey material is weight. As noted above, the Fan Version jersey is heavier – this doesn’t mean you’ll be wearing an anchor over your shoulders, it simply means the top will feel like a normal t-shirt. The Player Version, on the other hand, may have you feeling lighter, springier and all around like you could beat Kylian Mbappe in a foot race. You can’t, but you get the point.

Washing and Jersey Care: Fan Version vs Player Version

For a more in-depth look at how to properly care for your new soccer jersey, be it Fan Version or Player Version, check out our fully-fleshed-out guide on Jersey Care.
You’ll find the really comprehensive stuff in there, but the long and short of it is this:

  • Fan Version Jerseys: these are built to be machine-wash friendly, so your kit should survive sweat, spills, stains and the consequent washes to remove those everyday occurrences. For best results and a longer-lasting kit, give it a cold-water wash and tumble dry on a low setting
  • Player Version Jerseys: The best way to care for these more expensive units is a handwash with mild detergent and a hanging air dry. If that’s not feasible, flip the jersey inside out before putting it in the washer or dryer in order to protect applications like badges and crests. If you plan to machine wash, follow the same washing instructions as the Fan Version.
  • For both: Never iron the logos or patches on either jersey. The Fan Version jersey might be more durable, but intense heat can still scorch fabric and destroy applications.

Conclusion: Between Fan Version and Player Version, You Should Buy the…

What kit you buy will just come down to preference, style and usage.
Player Versions look sharp when they fit right and they’re excellent to play in if you plan on wearing yours for a little bit of pick-up. They’re great for giving you that feeling of the real thing… and also for the clout.
Fan Versions will last you a lifetime and only those that lean in close and squint will be able to truly tell the difference between these and the Player Versions. Trusty Fan Versions will survive all the beer-spilling, expletive-shouting rough-and-tumble you put them through as you watch your club from the couch, the bar or the supporters’ section.