The Football Association of Ireland and Umbro are drawing on the country’s verdant, rustic landscape for inspiration for their national teams’ new home kits.
Unveiled Friday, the base of the kit is green, with abstract tonal patterns on the front meant to evoke the “unsystematic shapes and varying sizes of the fields of our homeland.”
The raglan sleeves and back are solid green, save for a couple of small patterned panels on the back shoulders, while the wide sleeve cuffs feature white and orange sections divided diagonally. The front of the collar is solid green, while the back contains the tonal patterns and the word “Éire” embroidered into it.
The shorts that go with the jersey are white, with small green and orange inserts on each side. The socks are green with a white and orange stripe that mimics the jersey’s cuffs.
Interestingly, of the kits offered for sale on the FAIreland’s online store, the women’s kits are the only ones to feature a sponsor logo on the front. The rest — men’s, kids and long-sleeved — have blank fronts.
Broadcaster Sky signed a deal in September 2021 to become the standalone primary partner of Ireland’s women’s teams through 2025. Due to FIFA rules, it’s unlikely the Sky logo will appear on the kits during any official matches, but it will appear on training gear.
Sky also recently launched a bursary to support Ireland women’s national team players in career paths outside of football.
The new home kit comes on the heels of the unveiling of Ireland’s new away kit in November 2021. Those kits are predominantly orange — the first time that colour has been used as base colour since 1996 — with a black paint splatter effect on each sleeve.
Feature photo courtesy FAIShop.com