The 2023 World Cup has arrived, and with it comes a fresh set of kits for the competing national teams.
Designers had some fun with the away kits in particular. And while the home kits featured comparatively less variation, there are still some standout styles on display among the 32-team field. Just Women’s Sports is ranking the top 10 kit pairings you’ll see at this year’s tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
Brazil kept many similarities to its men’s team in its kits but added a flair to the sleeves on the away kit with a pattern inspired by the Amazon rainforest. The individuality is nice, but still keeps Brazil in line with the long history of soccer in their home country. The only thing? Nike needs to release Marta jerseys worldwide.
England’s away jersey is one of the few Nike kits to make a splash in this year’s release from the brand. Shades of blue and a geometric pattern set the kit apart as the Lionesses look to capitalize on their first Euros win and make a deep run in this year’s World Cup.
The USWNT’s home paint splatter kit gets props for its unique look and for the inspiration it draws from the abstract expression art movement from 1940s New York. With the start of the World Cup, it could become a favorite among the USWNT kit ranks.
The away kit, though, leaves a lot to be desired, with the distinctive pairing of the bright red and blue. As a result, the full kit release did not live up to its full potential for the reigning World Cup champions; it would have been fun to see a nod to the past as this year’s team looks to make history.
Portugal went with a classic home design but mixed it up with its away jersey. Vibrant colors coupled with a pattern inspired by traditional designs and craftsmanship make this jersey unique. The idea was to “celebrate soccer as an art form,” and that comes through loud and clear. The interweaving of the colors of the national flag is an added touch that makes this look stand out.
Argentina’s home kit offers a familiar design, one everyone has grown to know and love thanks to Lionel Messi. Props to the squad for holding onto that. On the other hand, the away kits are a fun nod to local landscapes across the country, continuing a theme of this year’s Adidas away kits.
Paired with Spain’s traditional red home jerseys, the away kits are a sight to behold. Inspired by coral reefs, the jersey combines gorgeous shades of blue accented by varying shades of purple. Props to Spain, too, for having a recognizable home jersey with a timeless design.
Colombia’s away kit is a nod to the Caño Cristales, known as the “river of five colors.” It features hues of purple, yellow and blue, and brings a unique flair to the World Cup jersey lineup. Without a new home jersey, it’s the standout design for Colombia, and it holds its own.
Nigeria’s kits are bright and fun, with their away jersey featuring a distinctive textile pattern reminiscent of the country’s local prints and patterns, a perfect nod to those watching at home. Not to mention, the bright green of the home kit stands out from the other national teams, and the detail on the sleeve ties both kits together to create a cohesive look.
Japan’s away kit is fun. It’s light. It’s everything that a World Cup kit should be. And with the color taking cues from the sunrises at Mount Fuji, the meaning behind this jersey – with the team emerging into another World Cup much like the sun emerges from behind the volcano – is just as cool.
As mentioned above, Adidas went with a nature theme for its away jerseys this year. The theme proved strong all around, but Germany takes the top spot with its deep greens inspired by the forests of the country. Gold accents and trim pop against the darker colors, and the collar is a 10/10. It’s hard to find fault with this kit.