According to a Nike press release, the kits and workout gear are underpinned by Dri-FIT ADV, Nike’s apparel materials platform. Competition and training kits combine rigorous data with comprehensive computational design based on 4D modeling to create an advanced, lightweight kit. The new seamless toolkit is designed pixel by pixel to provide precise reinforcement and ventilation for distraction-free play. The new, distinct aesthetic of the ‘and training kit’ also features soft cutouts that fit all over the shirt and are short, even when the athlete is active.
Nike of the United States introduced the football-themed 2022 Men’s National Team collection, inspired by cultures from a variety of countries. For the first time, more than 75% of Nike’s entire soccer jersey collection is made of 100% recycled polyester. Training kits and kits are underpinned by Dri-FIT ADV, Nike’s apparel materials platform.
“Our new team collections represent the latest example of how we serve athletes with cutting-edge product innovation from Pitch to Street,” said. Scott Dixon, Vice President, Global Men’s Soccer. “With 5 billion fans globally, there is no other sport that brings people together more than football. That’s why we’re committed to bringing our best to the biggest stage in the world — and everywhere else — and building the funnest, most vibrant Nike football community ever. “
The Nike 2022 Men’s National Team Collection is inspired by the following countries:
Brazil: The Brazil 2022 collection features unique onça-pintada knit patterns of the home kit and print on the sleeves of the away kit. The onça-pintada – or jaguar – is a popular national symbol of spirit and bravery, and a reflection of the Brazilian team’s style of play. Dynamic yellow, green spark and Paramount blue, representing the Brazilian flag, are used in contrasting formats on both kits. The kits also feature hidden symbols, like a detectable Brazil flag element on the front shirt of the home kit, and a ‘Garra Brasileira’ (‘Brazilian Grindstone’) treatment on the face behind the inside of the shirt, referring to the bravery and resilience of the nation, while also doubling as a reference to the onça-pintada’s claws.
France: The new French collection celebrates France Nouveau, or New France – the union between the country’s heritage and the future. The oak leaf and olive branch pattern of the home kit symbolizes strength, unity and peace. Classic French design cues include a tri-color spacer on the short tube, a jacquard sock and cuff, and gold details. The away graphics, inspired by the French toile de Jouy, are made up of iconic French and Les Bleus images such as Cockerel, the plants, the Arc de Triomphe and Clairefontaine.
Netherlands: The Netherlands 2022 home kit features a dancing swirl of Orange Peel and Laser Orange, evoking the mane of a lion, the historic symbol of the Low Countries and expressing the flexibility of the Total Football tactical system. On the away kit, the rich colors and textures continue to tell the story of how culture and football continue to influence each other in the Netherlands.
Portugal: Portugal’s 2022 kits herald a new era on the horizon for futebol português. On the home kit, Pepper Red and Gorge Green, with the Gold Dart’s headpiece, nod to the Portuguese flag while a diagonal imitation of the flag wraps around the torso. National pride is expressed through the coat of arms of the Federação Portuguesa de Futebol (FPF) and the esfera arm, which is used as a patch on the back collar. The away kit uses Sail White, a off-white tone, to ensure the Portuguese club stands out in a sea of bright white kits.
USA: The USA 2022 Collection is a symbol of national pride and is inspired by America’s long and varied sporting heritage. Iconic U.S. uniform design marks include bold stripes, an enlarged center crest similar to a basketball jersey, and sleeve quotes reminiscent of those used Used on the American football jersey, the unique cut and sewn shoulder and sleeve construction and pattern of the hockey jersey, and timeless block lettering. Subtle details, such as the ‘United States’ on the inner back of the shirt, add depth to the story of unity and togetherness while the ice die technique is used on the ensemble. away football creates a vivid vignette that celebrates diversity and youth.
Australia: The 2022 graphic set evokes the unique ecosystems of Australia. Through University Gold, Tour Yellow and Green Noise, the home kit evokes the rugged, sandy landscape of the Outback as well as wetlands and jungle. The away kit is an homage to Australia’s coastlines and teeming ocean. The Obsidian and Green Glow represent marine life and coral reefs and signal a deep connection between Australians and coastal life.
Canada: The Canada 2022 home kit will be the same as the one the team has worn throughout the past year, as Canada Soccer is in another kit development cycle. The kits are accentuated by the traditional Canadian red and white color scheme and highlighted by the Football Canada badge, which features a maple leaf, the nation’s most widely recognized symbol.
Croatia: The Croatia 2022 home kit introduces a modern, globally recognized checkered shirt that symbolizes Croatia’s pride. The clean lines of the home kit emphasize Croatia’s core values of family, passion and tradition, while the matte wavy lines of the away kit fit the Croatian Adriatic coastline.
Korea: Korea’s home kit focuses on Dokkaebi motifs. The flaming moniker represents the fierce spirit of a proud nation and is amplified by the vibrant Global Red and the tiger stripe sleeve image representing strength and power. The away kit features Taegeuk, the symbol found on the Korean flag representing national pride and the balance between heaven (blue) and earth (red). On both kits, the pride symbol writes the country’s name in Korean on the back collar.
Poland: For the Poland home kit, an intricate sleeve graphic depicting the nest and feathers of a white eagle, a feature of the country’s coat of arms, pays homage to the Poland’s symbol of sovereignty and unity dates back many centuries. Sports Red and White, the national color of Poland, celebrates peace and honor.
Qatar: The Qatar home kit combines the Desert Maroon with white serrated trim to reflect the Qatar flag. The crest on the upper chest highlights Qatar’s host nation status. The away kit evokes the coastline of Qatar while the delicate string of pearl graphic overlays evoke the history of pearl diving in the coastal atolls. In motion, this kit is meant to be like a sandstorm swirling into the arid sun.
Saudi Arabia: The green and white colors of the Saudi Arabia 2022 home kit are inspired by the Saudi flag. The shield of the Saudi Football Federation (SAFF) features a falcon, or saqr in Arabic, which means a multilingual reference to the word football. The away kit uses an all-print interpretation based on concepts from the 2018 and 2020 away kits to evoke a sense of speed and daring.
Home and away jerseys for the majority of federations launch on September 15 (Members only) with the general release of the full collection on September 21, added to the release.
Fiber2 fashion news desk (NB)