2022-23 European Football Kit Preview: Premier League (England)

England’s Premier League kicks off its 31st season on Friday, August 5, when Crystal Palace hosts Arsenal. Defending champions Manchester City and their new marquee signing Erling Haaland start their campaign on Sunday, August 7, against West Ham United.

NOTE: This preview includes all kit information available as of August 4, 2022. 

The palm trees on AFC Bournemouth’s away kit aren’t a random design choice. The seaside in the city in the south of England is lined with them. Apparently the climate there is temperate enough that palm trees can actually grow.

The three-dimensional “AFC” tonal pattern on Arsenal’s away kit is inspired by concrete letters spelling “ARSENAL” outside Emirates Stadium, which are not only decorative but also serve as a barrier against vehicle attacks. This year’s third shirt is the first time the club has ever worn a pink outfield kit.

This season is Aston Villa’s first with new kit supplier Castore. They’ve maintained the club’s traditional home look of claret and sky blue while adding a few modern touches. The away kit is mostly sky blue with claret accents, including a lion rampant on the back collar.

Brentford’s home kit for 2022-23 is the same as they wore in 2021-22; the club announced the carryover back in November as a move to help the environment and keep things affordable for fans. The blue away kit is reminiscent of away kits the club wore in the 1980s and 1990s, and features a retro crest from that era.

Brighton & Hove Albion have carried forward their away kit from 2021-22 to serve as their third kit for 2022-23. Fans were able to trade in any kit from the last 10 seasons for a voucher they could redeem for the 2022-23 home kit as part of the club’s Shirt Buy-Back Initiative.

Chelsea’s home kits honor Ted Drake, who was appointed Chelsea’s manager in 1952 and led the team to its first-ever top flight title in 1955. Off the pitch, he changed the club’s nickname from “the Pensioners” to “the Blues,” and he introduced a lion to the club’s crest, which remains to this day.

This is Crystal Palace’s first year with new kit supplier Macron and new front-of-shirt sponsor Cinch, an online car retailer. The marker stroke motif goes across all three 2022-23 kits, with multiple stripes on the home kit, one red and one blue stripe on the away kit, and a red-and-blue sash on the black third kit.

A silhouette of Prince Rupert’s Tower — the same tower that features prominently in Everton’s crest — is a unifying design element among Everton’s 2022-23 kits. A pattern based on the silhouette is embossed all over the home kit, and a blue geometric pattern inspired by the tower’s angled roof covers the front of the pink away kit.

Fulham return to the Premier League in style in 2022-23. The sleeve cuffs and collar of the white home kit feature a red wave pattern woven into the black fabric. The pattern of gradient rectangles on the away kit is a modern interpretation of the brickwork at their home ground, Craven Cottage.

Leeds United maintain their traditional all-white look at home in 2022-23. The white base is rounded off by navy blue Adidas shoulder stripes and a navy blue crew neck collar and sleeves cuffs with yellow trim. The away shirt features a tie dye pattern in yellow and blue.

Leicester City’s third kit for 2022-23 contains subtle nods to the club’s victory in the 2021 FA Cup final. The maroon accents call back to the maroon away kits they wore in the final against Chelsea.

While their home kit was described as “bold” and “no-nonsense,” Liverpool’s away kit is anything but. The swirling multicolored graphic is inspired by the city’s “pioneering role” in the British dance music scene in the 1990s.

Manchester City’s away kit for 2022-23 puts a twist on the red and black vertical striped away kits that the club wore in the late 1960s and early 1970s; in those kits, they won the 1969 FA Cup, the 1970 League Cup and the 1970 European Cup Winners’ Cup. The home kit also harkens back to the same era, and a crown printed inside the collar is a tribute to Colin “The King” Bell. The third kit is decidedly futuristic, with colors and shapes inspired by street art.

Manchester United’s home kit for 2022-23 brings back a polo collar for the first time in several years. The collar has a geometric pattern woven into the fabric “which references the symbolic ‘M’ detail which featured in our third kit from last season, and the famous ‘Snowflake’ jersey from the 1990-1992 seasons,” the club says. And the away kit is white for the first time since 2016-17.

The gold streaks on the sleeves of Newcastle United’s away kits are inspired by the Leazes Stand at St James’s Park. The club has been criticized for using the same colours as the Saudi Arabian flag for their third kit, given that the club was recently bought by a Saudi-led consortium.

Both the home and away kits for Nottingham Forest contain a pattern on the sleeves that is inspired by the ironworks on the Trent Bridge, which supporters cross to reach their home stadium, the City Ground. It is more visible in blue on the yellow away kit than it is as tonal red-on-red on the home kit. The third kit features a sublimated blue and pink pattern on a navy blue base.

Southampton have eschewed their usual red and white vertical stripes at home this year, instead opting for one broad red stripe down the center of a white kit. The elaborate wave pattern on the away kit is inspired by the city of Southampton’s proximity to The Solent, a strait between the Isle of Wight and Great Britain that serves as a major shipping lane. The dark green third kit is a nod to Southampton’s military aviation history, with a design inspired by propeller blades.

Tottenham Hotspur added a bit of flair to their home kits in 2022-23 with neon green stripes through the middle of the navy blue sleeve cuffs and collar. Then they added a lot of flair to their away kits — it’s mainly what the club calls “deep lapis blue,” with black sleeves and neon green sleeve cuffs and collar inserts at the front and back.

The white and light blue shoulder stripes with a crosshatch pattern on West Ham United’s 2022-23 home kits are inspired by the kit worn in 1992-93, when West Ham earned promotion to the newly formed Premier League for the first time. The pattern of white, sky blue and pink shapes on the sleeve cuffs of the black away kit is “inspired by the 100-year-old ship slipway at Thames Ironworks.”

The gold geometric pattern on the front of Wolverhampton’s teal away shirt is inspired by the architecture of the Billy Wright Stand at their home ground, Molineux. The teal colour was also inspired by the club’s 1996-97 away kit