The eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup kicks off later this summer in France, who will become the fourth nation to host both the mens’s and women’s World Cups. Many manufacturers have released special new jerseys for the participating teams. Here, we take a look at the kits for USA, Germany and England, who are also currently first, second and third in the FIFA rankings.
United States Kits (by Nike)
The USWNT home kit takes inspiration from the uniform worn by the likes of Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain two decades ago when they won the 1999 World Cup. It also features the names of the 50 states that make up the country on the back.
The alternate jersey is an all-red creation from the Adidas stable.
The USA have won the WWC the most number of times, and have featured in the top three in every tournament since its inception back in 1991. They’re also the reigning champions, having beaten Japan in the final of the 2015 tournament in Canada.
England Home & Alternate WC Shirts (Nike)
The Lionesses, like the USWNT, will also be sporting Nike made kits at the World Cup. They secured their best ever finish at the 2015 edition of the tournament, taking bronze after a win over Germany. It was the first time they had reached the semis after three previous quarterfinal exits.
England have Scotland, Argentina and Japan in their group and are coached by former Man Utd star Phil Neville. Use Big Bets if you fancy them to go all the way in France and create history (currently at 6/1). There’ll be plenty of expectations from the Lionesses following the success of the Three Lions last year in Russia.
The alternate kit features a custom hand-drawn print and highlights flora native to the counties in England.
Germany Home & Away Kit (by Adidas)
Germany’s men had a disastrous World Cup campaign last year as they failed to qualify from their group. Their women are two time champions, having won the tournament in 2003 and 2007.
The Germans are the reigning Olympic champions, having won gold in 2016. They also won the European Championship six times in a row between 1995 and 2013, but only reached the last eight of the 2017 edition- their worst continental performance.
The Germans are in a group alongside China, South Africa and Spain. It’s a tricky one- both Spain and China are capable of upsets on their day, but if they qualify as winners, the draw is on their side.