Sports Law • Risk Management

July 13, 2010: Jersey Swapping at the World Cup

Jersey swapping after a soccer game is a common practice since 1931 and has occurred in the World Cup since 1954. This begs for sports teams to accommodate for this tradition. That means sports teams will need to budget to foot the bill to replace the swapped uniforms. Even if a player profits from the sale of a swapped jersey, the team cannot likely expect to recover expenses from any of the proceeds. Another consideration for soccer clubs is the anxiety that might be caused in fans, or amongst players, who are eager to acquire a particular jersey. Security should be notified of such a practice and to look out for potential scuffles. Additionally, security might need to escort players to their cars, hotels or homes for their safety from crazed fans.