Summary: There are types of soccer jerseys you can buy as a fan: Authentic and Replica. Replica jerseys look just like the ones on the field, with a looser fit. Authentic jerseys are the same jersey that the player wears during a match.
You would think that buying the jersey of your favorite club or country would be a simple task. Unfortunately, before you do buy a jersey, you should check if it is an authentic jersey or the replica jersey. Buying a jersey like this is only a challenge for the more popular clubs and countries. Here is how you can tell the difference and if you should buy one over the other.
Replica jerseys are the same jerseys in both style and appearance that players wear on the field. Often, there are some changes like looser fit or changes in the fabric.
Authentic jerseys, on the other hand, are the same jerseys players wear on the field. The same logos and styling as well as the same fabric and lightweight technology. When you get an authentic jersey, you know you are wearing the same thing your hero is wearing.
The easiest way to tell the difference is the price. Authentic jerseys are a lot more expensive than replica jerseys. You get state of the art fabric tech in those jerseys, and they cost more as a result. The cost difference runs between 50 to a 100 dollars depending on the club.
There are other differences. The biggest is the fit. Unlike a replica jersey, the authentic jersey is cut for the professional soccer player, who is extremely fit and lean. Do not purchase an authentic jersey unless you fit the same physical profile. The other differences are quite small, from logos, designs, and the materials.