Boys' UA Match Play Shorts

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Boys' UA Match Play Shorts

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Product DNA

When you're gearing up for the dead heat of summer, these will be the shorts you’ll always want to grab. They’re made with a lightweight, highly breathable fabric and they’ve also got our signature stretch-engineered waistband.
  • Soft woven fabric delivers total comfort
  • Material wicks sweat & dries really fast
  • Stretch-engineered waistband for superior mobility & insane comfort
  • Flat-front, 4-pocket design
  • Inseam: 9"
  • 100% Polyester
  • Imported


This is what makes our gear work harder—and smarter—than anything else out there.


The original innovation our founder dreamed up. This super-breathable fabric wicks sweat and regulates body temperature so you feel cooler, drier, and lighter than ever.

Review Summary

10 Reviews

New Line is Too Short

My very thin, tall 13 year old loves the original matchplay shorts and wears a pair daily. In the old style, the size chart indicated xl was a 14-16 so I ordered size 16 since his xl pair was just a touch long for him. The new style doesn't fit! In addition to not having the adjustable waist (not a deal breaker since he wears a belt), the size 16's were almost 2 INCHES SHORTER than the older style in a youth xl (14/16)! The size 18's are still a fraction SHORTER than the original xl (14/16). So disappointing!

Like everyone else - no adjustable waist - these are not a keeper

I have twins - they are completely different shapes so when these had the adjustable waist -- they were perfect. We have 5 different pair and they could switch between them because of the adjustable waist. They are getting too small and I will have to find another brand because of the waist. The pants hold up well and are soft - a key component for my sons. They complained that they would fall down so they are going back.


Loved loved loved these shorts for our kiddo for school, golf, and wearing out to dinner. They WERE perfect when the adjustable waist was part of the equation. UA please bring back the adjustment because kids grow at different rates, shapes, sizes. The adjustable waist was perfect for the boys who need the length but the weight hasn’t caught up. Belts aren’t the fix! These super awesome shorts are no longer an option for my kids and many others.

Sizing is way off!

These shorts fit so much smaller than other UA shorts. My 10 year old son, weighing 85 lbs, wears a size medium in all UA gear, but is a size 16 in these shorts!!! I wish UA would get their sizing figured out! Very disappointing!

This product is not as good as last years

Don't like these at all. Wish they kept the adjustable waist. My son is tall and thin and the golf belt doesn't help much. Also, they are thicker and not as thin as the adjustable ones so, in the heat that isn't the best.

Bring back the adjustable waist

We love these shorts but for a boy that is skinny and somewhat tall these don't work for us anymore. The adjustable waist shorts were the best. Please bring them back .

Poor Fit

We love these shorts, they can be dressed up for church and other nice occasions, or can be worn casual...however, there is not an adjustable waistband in these and the waist runs VERY large. Please bring back the adjustable waist band, these are my son's favorite shorts aside from the casual activewear.

Bring back the old style

I have two boys that wear nothing but UA. They have worn these shorts (old style) for several years. Purchased the new style (with no inner waistband adjustment) for their school clothes this year and they don't work. My boys are thin and need the inner waist adjustment. Luckily I was able to find the old style for sale somewhere else. Please bring back the inner waist adjustment, or offer both styles.

Match Play Short

We love these shorts. They do run small, recommend to size up. I have a thin 14 year old 5'5" 125 pounds. Usually we size down but not for these shorts. We ordered 14 and needed to upsize to 16.

High quality - Sizes run small

I've been buying UA for years for my boys and typically their items run large (& my son's are typically small for their ages). I bought a 12 for my 11 year old (about 4' 11 - 80lbs) and these are just a little snug around his waist and shorter than he likes. Have exchanged for the 14's but with no adjustable waist band, I'm hoping the waist isn't too big. The shorts are exactly the material/weight we wanted so fingers crossed that the 14's work. We have a hard time finding light material for the hot summer months on the golf course!