Scarves have become such an embedded part of soccer (or football) culture that its difficult to pin down who exactly introduced the versatile accessory to the game. Scarves were one of the first items that soccer fans adopted to support their teams, but why did these fans adapt scarves instead of posters or jerseys like fans of other sports? Well, it’s partly due to the fact that soccer is played outside in unpredictable weather. Soccer scarves “provide warmth or shade; tribal membership or individuality; static signage or flamboyant action”.
The soccer “team scarf” came into fruition during the 1900s in the United Kingdom. During this time in the UK, black coats were common and wearing a colorful scarf around your neck was the best way to draw attention to the team you supported. Traditional soccer scarves have certain aspects in common: stripes, a team crest, the name of the team, and some have slogans that quote the team’s mantras.
Not long ago, soccer scarves became a staple in street fashion due to their loud patterns and functionality. As trends in fashion come and go, we can trust that true fans of soccer will continue to use the scarf as a way to show off their pride, while staying warm at the same time.