Measurements of Men's Jerseys

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That looks like a men's medium.
That looks like a men's medium. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

The measurements of men's jerseys depend on a number of variables, including the sport and brand. Generally, a size depends on chest width, waist width and length of the jersey; sometimes the sizing will refer to a "numeric size" -- this corresponds with the chest measurement or an "authentic jersey size," which is a whole number in lieu of a man's shirt size.

Baseball Jerseys

Baseball jerseys give a range of inches in the chest and at the waist. A men's small has a range of 36 to 38 inches for the chest and 28 to 30 inches at the waist. A men's medium has a range of 40 to 42 inches for the chest and 32 to 34 inches at the waist. A men's large has a range of 44 to 46 inches at the chest and 36 to 38 inches at the waist. A men's extra large has a range of 48 to 50 inches for the chest and 40 to 42 inches at the waist.

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Hockey Jerseys

Hockey jersey measurements vary slightly in size depending on whether the jersey is for a player, goalie or referee; they also are denoted with an "authentic jersey size." For a player, a men's small has a range of 37 to 38 inches for the chest and a 46/50 authentic jersey size. A men's medium has a range of 39 to 40 inches for the chest and a 50/52 authentic jersey size. A men's large has a range of 41 to 43 inches at the chest and a 52/54 authentic jersey size. A men's extra large has a range of 44 to 46 inches for the chest and a 54/56 authentic jersey size.

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Basketball Jerseys

Basketball jerseys are sized by chest width and jersey length; they are also given a numeric size -- these numeric sizes may be a whole number in lieu of a small, medium, large system or may be directly related to chest width, depending on the brand. Unfortunately, the range of measurements between brands is very wide. A men's small has a range of 36 to 41 inches for the chest and 30 to 32 inches for the length. A men's medium has a range of 40 to 44 inches for the chest and 31 to 36.5 inches for the length. A men's large has a range of 42.5 to 48 inches at the chest and 32 to 37 inches for the length A men's extra large has a range of 44.5 to 52 inches for the chest and 33 to 38 inches for the length.

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Soccer Jerseys

Soccer jerseys give a range of inches in the chest to gauge sizes. Waist measurements may also be useful in determining your size, but in a soccer uniform this typically refers to the pants or shorts, not the jersey. A men's small has a range of 35 to 38 inches for the chest. A men's medium has a range of 38 to 41 inches for the chest. A men's large has a range of 41 to 44 inches at the chest. A men's extra large has a range of 44 to 47 inches for the chest.

Measuring Tips

When measuring around your chest, measure at the armpits; this will ensure you measure around the widest part of your chest. If you are in between sizes, you may prefer to order the larger size. There are often times big discrepancies in sizes across types and brands of jerseys even within the same sport. When in doubt, try it on and see how it feels. Although not specifically discussed here, men's 2XL, 3XL and larger sizes are usually available.

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