Base Layers: What are the benefits?

Posted on: October 11th, 2019 | by Laura Murdoch | 1 Comment

Last Updated on: 28th June 2022, 12:27 pm

Base Layer Buying Guide


What is a base layer for?


It’s that time of year when things are starting to get a bit colder, so you might be tempted to add an additional layer to your football training wear. Our football base layers can help keep you warm on the pitch. However, they’re not just for keeping you warm. Research suggests that the use of a base layer can offer a wide range of benefits that can increase an athlete’s performance and endurance.

Tight Fit

Football base layers are meant to be like a second skin, which means they offer a pretty snug fit. When you’re picking your base layer, you want it to feel tight but it still needs to give you the flexibility you need to move. A base layer holds the body in the correct position. Wearing a top will help with your posture and ensure you keep your form throughout a match. It will also help open up the chest which allows you to take in more oxygen.


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Muscle Compression

When you exercise your muscles will oscillate, which wastes energy and can lead to injury or trauma. Wearing a base layer will compress your muscles to limit their movement while you play. This not only helps to prevent energy from being wasted but can also reduce the vibrations in your muscles. Ultimately, causing less of a risk of injury and trauma to the muscles.


Red Blood Cells

Blood flow

Wearing a base layer can help improve the flow of blood around your body. When you exercise, the heart struggles to pump blood quickly enough. This means your muscles start having to produce energy in an alternative way. When this happens, there ends up being a build-up of lactic acid. This is what causes the burning sensation in your muscles during intense exercise.

How do you prevent this build-up? Your body needs to deliver oxygen more efficiently during exercise. This is where a base layer can help you. Compression clothing promotes blood flow back to the heart which means the whole process is sped up. The quicker your heart can pump oxygen to your muscles, the longer you can keep going. A football base layer will help you go further and harder during your exercise.


Football base layers are not just useful during exercise. Wearing an item of compression wear after a football match or training session can help increase recovery time. It means your body is able to remove built-up lactic acid quicker, allowing your muscles to recover faster.


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Moisture Wicking

Exercise makes us sweat. So, wearing materials that absorb sweat is not ideal for an intense football match or training session. Thanks to their moisture-wicking material, our football base layers draw sweat away from the body and push the moisture to the outside of the top. This makes it easier for it to be evaporated from the body.

Playing a 90-minute football match in hot weather can lead to a player losing up to a kilo of sweat. Wearing a moisture-wicking base layer will ensure that this isn’t weighing you down as you’re helping your team to victory.

FA Regulations

Before you buy a set of base layer tops and bottoms for your team, make sure you know the FA rules about undershirts and undershorts. Undershirts must be:

  • A single colour which is the same colour as the main colour of the shirt sleeve; or
  • A pattern/colours which exactly replicate(s) the shirt sleeve.

Undershorts/tights must be the same colour as the main colour of the shorts or the lowest part of the shorts – players of the same team must wear the same colour.

Pendle Base Layers

It won’t be a problem for you to stick to the rules when you shop at Pendle. We offer 14 different colours so you will be able to find the perfect match for your kit. We also offer base layer bottoms in black.

And don’t forget our amazing prices. Take advantage of our package deals to get an even greater bargain on your base layers. The price for 15 tops starts at just £90. That’s £6 per top.


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  1. […] Base layers compress your muscles to limit movement whilst you play, which helps prevent the wastage of energy and reduces the potential for muscle trauma or injury as a result of the muscle oscillation that occurs as one engages in physical activity. […]

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