Man City Match Shirt v Stadium Shirt: The Differences

Man City Match Shirt v Stadium Shirt: The Differences

With the new 2017/18 Man City home shirt being released, a number of fans are asking what is the difference between the “Match” Shirt and the “Stadium” shirt. At a £30 price gap between the two lets look at the differences. Mancitygifts @thegingerwig took a trip to the Official City Store at the Etihad to find out.

Man City 2017/18 shirt

Spot the difference – Stadium shirt left Match shirt right

First thing, let’s look at what Nike themselves say about the differences and then look at the photos @thegingerwig took to highlight the differences.

“Manchester City Home Vapor Match Shirt 2017-18

The 2017-18 home kit demonstrates City’s outlook of simple, pure ideas that put performance first as they create the future. The all-over sky blue design of the Manchester City Home Vapor Match Shirt gives the shirt a clean, refreshed look while the technical Nike Vapor construction delivers the authentic player experience.

Matching the performance-ready design of the pros, the top includes Nike Aeroswift breathable panelling with lightweight mobility to ensure a cool and comfortable playing experience. Stretchable side tape add to the flexibility of the top. Even the iconic Man City crest is designed to flex and breathe, ensuring distraction free play.


•               Slim fit
•               Nike Aeroswift technology for breathability and lightweight mobility
•               Flexible and breathable MCFC crest
•               Heat transferred Nike swoosh and sponsor logos
•               Stretchable side tape
•               100% polyester

Manchester City Home Stadium Shirt 2017-18

As worn at the Etihad, the Manchester City Home Stadium Shirt 2017-18 has an all-over sky blue design for a clean, simple look that reflects straightforward, uncompromising play with irrepressible City pride.

The shirt is developed with Nike Breathe fabric to ensure a cool, dry experience for players and fans. It delivers an authentic look including heat printed sponsor logos and a woven MCFC crest.


•               Nike Breathe fabric
•               Woven Manchester City crest
•               Embroidered Nike Swoosh
•               Heat printed sponsor logo
•               Taped interior neckline for comfort
•               100% polyester”

The Three Main Differences between the Vapour Man City Match shirt and the Stadium Man City shirt

1) Breath-ability/weight

The Man City Match Shirt is designed to be worn by the players during the match. Sport shirt designs have come a long way since the heavy materials of the 60’s with a lot of innovation.

Sir Clive Woodward’s England Rugby team in the early 2000’s saw their players loose fit shirts being easy to grab in the tackle, whilst rugby players more contact with wet ground also saw the shirts become wet and heavy during the match.

Wanting to get a competitive advantage at ever opportunity Sir Clive’s team worked with the shirt manufacturers to change the kit.

This has moved into football and the Man City Match Shirt certainly follows that trend.


Compared to the stadium shirt, the match shirt has a large number of what looks like perforated panels throughout the design. These allow for the shirt to breath during games whilst lowering the overall weight of the shirt.


You can see below the difference between the match shirt (left) and stadium shirt (right). The stadium shirt is a consistent smooth fabric across the whole shirt, possibly making it a little less interesting.rsz_untitled_design_72

2) Crest

The crest is another difference across the two shirts. To allow a more breathable shirt the crest on the match shirt is a flexible breathable crest (almost a plastic feel), whereas the stadium shirt is a traditional embroided crest.rsz_untitled_design_73

3) Fit

WARNING: you’re about to see the new kit being modeled by an over weight, middle aged City fan 😉

The Man City Match Shirt is a tighter fit designed to allow players like Leroy Sane to skip past defenders without them being able to grab hold of his shirt. They’re not really designed for more robust physiques!

Both shirts below are medium size, left is the Match Shirt, a tighter fit and with fitted sleeves. Right is the stadium shirt designed for fans who want/need a looser fit.

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How to spot a Man City match shirt

If you go into the store or receive a shirt after ordering online there are a number of ways to spot the difference (other than those above)

Price – Looking at prices (prices exclude any Cityzens discounts), the Nike Vapor Match shirts retail at £90, while the Stadium variant is available at £60 – the stadium shirt is also available in a women’s cut at £60.

Tags – The Match shirt is made with Nike’s Aeroswift technology and has that term on the tag. There is also a dark blue line inside the shirt (see photo below)

The Stadium shirt has “Breathe” on the tag.


So there you have it. One of the most asked questions @thegingerwig gets at shirt launch is what is the difference, especially as one is £30 more than the other.

You can buy the shirts at the official City store or online here

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