Nike Australia and Football Federation Australia today revealed the 2018 Australian National Team Collection. Both the Socceroos and the Matildas will proudly sport the new looks at key tournaments in Russia and Jordan later this year.
Current Socceroos players Josh Risdon and Josh Brillante joined Matildas player Caitlin Foord, and young gun Daniel De Silva for the official reveal of the National Team Collection in Marrickville, Sydney tonight.
The new home kit pays homage to the epic coming of age football game for Australia in November 2005, when the Socceroos beat Uruguay to qualify for 2006’s tournament in Germany, the first time in 32 years. Then team’s captain called on the support of every Australian fan, inside and outside of the stadium, to create a sea of gold during the pivotal match.
“This was the battle cry that inspired vision and design of the 2018 Australian home kit,” said Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director, Pete Hoppins.
Gold from top to bottom, the kit resembles a sea of gold with a rolling wave graphic that runs along the sleeve and shoulders, outlined in dark green. The green collar of the home kit is capped off with a green neck tape at the back that houses the Commonwealth Star.
The Matildas will be the first to wear the new home kit on April 8. “It’s our most important tournament of the year as it’ll decide if we head to France next year,” said Caitlin Foord, Matildas player, at the Sydney launch event. “It’s fitting we play this crucial debut match in the new home kit.”
The away kit plays further tribute to the national colours of green and gold, using all green for the design rather than the navy seen in previous kits since 2006. The use of Volt Yellow on the shirt radiates a sense of speed and youth, inspiring young Aussies to get excited for the upcoming tournaments with an away kit that is a modern play on the classic Green and Gold.
“The new Socceroos and Matildas jerseys belong to all Australians. It’s going to be truly exciting to see our Australian national teams Play Gold on the world stage, led by the Matildas this week and the Socceroos in Russia,” said Ashley Reade, Nike Pacific General Manager.
The 2018 home and away kits are made using Nike’s Astro Mesh Dri-Fit fabric which is 64% lighter and up to 65 times more breathable than with previous kits. It also features Nike’s new crest application, Crest Flight.
“It’s always an honour to represent my country and, if selected, I’ll be incredibly proud to step on the pitch for the first time wearing the new Australian National Team Kit,” said Josh Brillante from the Socceroos.
The 2018 Australian National Team Collection also includes a pre-match top, which is a Strike Green design with full-bleed speed blur, and training apparel in Aloe Verde Green. Team kit available now at nike.com.au and selected retailers.