Ahead of a momentous 12 months of football for Australian football, Nike and Football Australia have revealed the 2022 Australian Men’s National Football Team Kit.
Honouring 100 years of the Socceroos, the new kit celebrates the past while looking to the future of football – launching with Australia on the cusp of a historic fifth consecutive appearance on the world stage.
Innovation is at the forefront of the design which features Nike’s pinnacle apparel material platform Dri-Fit ADV. Heat mapping technology allows the athlete to stay cool while the new seamless fit allows for increased mobility without cling for a soft and airy feel.
The new National Men’s Team Home Kit is inspired by the fearless determination and fighting spirit of the Socceroos and the rugged Australian landscape. The design nods to the iconic Golden Wattle flower and the traditional colours of the national side, using colours of ‘University Gold’ and ‘Tour Yellow’ to capture the adventurous nature of Australians and the physical beauty of the land. The green shorts use the colour ‘Green Noise’ with a clear connection to nature, conjuring the rugged, sandy landscape of the outback and the rich wetlands and forests. The kit is completed with iconic white socks.
In contrast, the bold obsidian away kit draws inspiration from the vivid sea, with splashes of green glow to help Aussies show their pride both on and off the pitch. It is representative of the creatures, plants, and reeds found in the waters signaling the deep connection between Australians and coastal life.
Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren said in a statement:
“A new kit ahead of a big moment for the team is always a special thing and this time is no different. I love how this new kit is uniquely Australian, drawing on our heritage while also looking to the future.
“We all know the history of those who wore the green and gold before us, but as a group our story is never done, and we are looking forward to making our country proud as we take on some of the biggest names in world football.”
Dynamic midfielder Awer Mabil added via press release:
“It is always a proud moment to pull on the national team kit to represent my country and as a team we can’t wait to showcase it during our next big game.
“Having played most of our recent matches away from home soil, this kit unites us both on and off the pitch with all Australians – it embodies the determination of this group, and Aussies around the world.”
As part of Nike’s wider Move to Zero journey, sustainability continues to be at the core of the 2022 Australian National Men’s Team Jerseys. The Australian jerseys are made with 100% recycled polyester which is constructed from recycled bottles.
Nike Pacific Vice President and General Manager, Ashley Reade, said in a statement:
“Nike is incredibly proud to launch the new National Men’s Team Kit for the Socceroos. The fighting spirit and unwavering optimism of the Socceroos right through to the final seconds of qualification has been an amazing source of inspiration for Nike and for all Australians.
“Through the design we wanted to honour the heritage of Australian football while celebrating the spirit and unlimited energy of the Socceroos.”
Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, James Johnson, believes 2022 can be the start of a new era for Australian football.
“2022 is the centenary year for the Socceroos, we’re excited to have a team and a kit that embodies the fearless determination this current team has shown over the past three years, while reflecting the history of the iconic teams that have come before them.” Johnson said via press release.
“We know how significant the next year will be for football in Australia, and this team is looking forward to inspiring the next generation as they step onto the world stage. We love how this bold kit outwardly displays the proud and defiant spirit of our national team.”