Sports history is a growing field however the development of the design of sportswear has been overlooked. It is of central importance, not only to performance, but also to notions of personal, local and team identity and fundamentally to social attitudes. The joint symposium allowed a preliminary exploration of these themes and ideas. Funded by the Pasold Research Fund it brought together researchers who had worked on aspects of the design, production, advertising, retailing or performance of sportswear over the past 100 years. Hosted jointly by the International Football Institute (IFI), University of Central Lancashire, the National Football Museum (NFM) and International Fashion Institute (IFI), University of Central Lancashire an emphasis was placed on encouraging academics, designers, archivists and curators to attend.