Soccer Terminology: Caps

So as I’ve been reading through other blogs, news sites, and Wiki articles about soccer players, I noticed they all kept mentioning one thing: caps.  This person earned their 60th cap….this one has 37 caps….

It made no sense to me whatsoever.

And then I figured it might not make sense to other people either.  So I decided to look it up and decide if it was important enough that everyone needed to know, or if it was something super technical that didn’t really matter.

It’s kinda important.

A player earns a cap for every international appearance that they make.  So 80 caps means that the player has played 80 international games.

It dates from the UK practice of awarding a cap (or other headgear) to every player in an international match of soccer.  In the early days, before uniforms were used, players would wear shirts of different colours, and would tell each other apart from the other team by the headgear worn.

Actual caps are no longer given, but the term stuck.

If you’re interested in checking out the players with the most caps, feel free to check out this Wiki link:

And now you know.


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