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Orlando Pride makes switch from white shorts due to period concerns

The Orlando Pride have switched from white to black shorts to make players "more comfortable and confident" while wearing their kits. (Photo courtesy of the Orlando Pride)

The Orlando Pride have switched from white to black shorts to make their kits more comfortable for players during their periods.

While the Pride wore white shorts with their away kits throughout the 2022 season, they will wear black shorts with the lunar-inspired white-and-gray jerseys for the upcoming season. Orlando becomes the first NWSL team to make such a change due to period concerns, the team announced Tuesday.

“We must remove the stigma involved in discussing the health issues impacting women and menstruating non-binary and trans athletes if we want to maximize performance and increase accessibility to sport,” Pride general manager Haley Carter said.

The new kit will see its first action in the Pride’s season opener on March 25, when the team heads on the road to face the defending champion Portland Thorns.

The change also will be made for the girls’ teams in the club’s youth system, with dark shorts for practices and for games.

“The reasons behind not wanting to wear white shorts are clear, but it is unfortunately something that hasn’t been addressed until recently,” Pride midfielder Erika Tymrak said. “I think it’s a big step for us as a club to make players feel comfortable and allow us to focus solely on competing.”

Women’s Super League club Manchester United already has made such a change. The team is no longer wearing white shorts, instead working with kit sponsor Puma to switch to burgundy shorts for all their matches.

The England women’s national team has discussed ditching its white shorts over players’ concerns about wearing white while on their periods, The Telegraph reported last July ahead of the Euros.

“It’s very nice to have an all-white kit but sometimes it’s not practical when it’s the time of the month,” Lionesses star Beth Mead said. “We deal with it as best we can.”