In America, football is a game played with the whole body. In most of the rest of the world, association football is a game played mostly with your feet, what we know as “soccer.” It’s a game wherein only the goalkeeper is allowed to use his hands and arms, meaning the rest of the team’s upper bodies are really just there for us to lust after.
Association football players are among the most beautiful in the sporting world. David Beckham. Mats Hummels. Mesut Özil. Their taut bodies get to dance across green fields, unencumbered by padding like in American football or hockey. No missing teeth. No playoff beards. And the uniforms—loose shorts, a t-shirt jersey, and knee socks—it’s a dream.
For their new Topman collection, which launches in stores tomorrow, London-based design duo Agi & Sam branded their very own (soccer) football kit and club. Their imagined club is called “The Owls” and the nocturnal bird shows up as a logo and leitmotif, with prints of eggshell, feathers, and nesting used throughout. “We were talking about football kits and there was a really weird period between 1990-92 where they all had these amazing prints,” says Sam. With uniform looks suited to the goalie, field players, and coach, the collection is a sure win.