Sheffield FC, The World’s First Football Club, have agreed a multi-year partnership with Dutch football brand COPA, to become the club’s new on-field partner.

The deal will see COPA manufacture all on-field playing kit and side-line apparel.

Formed in 1857, Sheffield FC have played the game and honoured its traditions continually for 164 years. They regard themselves as custodians of the beautiful game, ‘fully committed to preserving the time-honoured values associated with the beloved game’.

COPA was founded in 1998 by a Dutch ‘football addict’ who launched the company’s first collection of carefully curated, traditionally produced cotton football shirts.

The COPA collection has continued to expand in the two decades since, to many different products types both wearable on and off the pitch. Their international outlook attracts football fans from every corner of the globe.

COPA is also technical supplier of the national team of Tibet and licensed retro partner of big clubs including AS Roma, Atletico Madrid and Benfica,  to smaller sized clubs from countries all over Europe and beyond.

Since their inception COPA has been committed to traditional Made in Europe craftsmanship to ensure the highest quality standards.

“At Sheffield FC we call ourselves a living breathing antique and a modern forward thinking football club, which is why we think COPA will make a perfect partner,” says chairman Richard Tims.

“A nod to the past, respecting heritage in design and look to the future with modern products in fabrics and production techniques. Our values of integrity, respect, community and the fact that we believe that the game should be available to everyone, irrelevant of age, race, religion or ability, are shared by COPA.

Cees Akkermans, founder and owner of COPA, said: “The substantive match with Sheffield FC is absolutely clear. We can’t think of a better partner than the club where football as we know it today all began. For us, football is so much more than the Champions League, the latest tactics and in-depth data analysis.

“Football is about the fans, the atmosphere, the coming together of all generations. Football is yours, mine, everyone’s. And that is exactly what Sheffield FC embodies like no other club.

“The inspiration for the first Sheffield FC x COPA teamwear collection comes mainly from the very first kit the club wore 164 years ago. It’s all about how it once started.

“We have used that classic pattern in our designs, but we have added our own modern twist. It is our tribute to the present, past and future of this magnificent club.”