Welcome back to FIRA for 2022!
WHAT IS FIRA?
For those new to the board, FIRA is our European-based footy jumper design competition. Like last season, FIRA will be broken up into two distinct competitions, the FIRA League and the FIRA European Cup. The FIRA league features teams from the UK and Ireland, and is the main competition. In contrast the FIRA European Cup features teams from the continent. This competition takes its format from the real life UEFA Champions League competition with a group stage leading into a knockout tournament, all culminating in the European Cup Final as the finale to the season.
For the first time, the top teams from the FIRA League last season have qualified for the European cup and have the opportunity to win the double! The teams who qualified to represent the UK in the cup are:
Hackney borough - fancyscum
Sutton Coldfield - El_Scorcho
Durham Saints - Barrybran
Brixton AFC - caloschwaby
You guys have the option to either re-badge your guernsey from last year, use your new home guernsey with the European cup badge or create a special cup guernsey using your traditional colours, for all others, here is what is required for your entries....
WHAT IS REQUIRED?
FIRA is a relatively simple competition to get involved in due to the fact that there is no strict bidding process unlike most other competitions on the board. Having said this though, it is highly encouraged that given the changes to competition this season you post your team location in this thread. This allows others and myself to get a good feel for the distribution of teams and prevent certain markets from becoming overcrowded, as well as letting me to know that you are interested in entering and I don't start without you!
You need to come up with Home and away uniforms for your League team as well as a club logo, these uniforms must have an adequate contrast (1 light and 1 dark) to my satisfaction. If you choose a light home kit, please be aware that you are likely to wear it for most of the season to prevent clashes, I will endeavour to give your dark guernsey a good run in this instance, but I can't make any promises. European Cup teams require just a single uniform and a club logo and will feature the correct logo. Design guidelines can be found below, to keep up with the times, I am willing to accept entries that just show off the front of a guernsey, but a full uniform will still be happily accepted! The big change last year was the move of the sponsor from the back to the front, and this continues this season as it worked well to create more European looking designs.
The Correct competition logo must be used on your guernseys and can be found here in vector form and here for a png file. There have been minor tweaks to the League logo and the cup logo is completely new, so please download. You may recolour the European cup logo, but please have the ball and stroke a contrasting colour to whatever is behind it like is shown above.
I expect people to submit a League team as well as a cup team, but would highly encourage people to explore a second European side to get us to a full 32 team group stage. I know it is ambitious, but I know we are capable of making it happen.
In terms of where to locate your club, your League team must be located somewhere in one of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. I am also happy to have teams in any of the dependencies as long as they are in the British Isles (no teams in some island way off that is technically still the UK please). As for your European side(s) they must be located somewhere in Europe that isn’t one of the Countries listed above (look to UEFA member nations, but check with me if you are not sure about a particular country.)
HOW DO I SUBMIT?
All of your images must be in my inbox before Sunday the 30th of January 2022, so you have plenty of time to come up with new ideas. These images must be hosted on an image hosting site such as imgur, photobucket, flickr etc and then PM’ed to me. DO NOT UPLOAD YOUR ENTRY DIRECTLY TO BIGFOOTY, images uploaded to private messages are not able to be posted in public threads, please make it easy for me by uploading to one of the sites listed above and sending me the link. Any questions about anything that hasn't been covered in this post can be posted below or hit me with a message and I am happy to give you an answer.