The FA have announced that they have signed a contract with Nike that will see the American giant replace Umbro as kit partners for the England national football team. The first new Nike England football kits will be released in spring next year ( 2013) and the deal is in place till July 2018. The new kit deal announcement was made by the FA on 3 September, 2012.
Umbro was a subsidiary of Nike before they made the decision to sell the company earlier this summer and focus on their core assets. England’s new kit deal mirrors that of reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, currently outfitted by Umbro, but who will also be switching to Nike next season.
The FA, established in 1863, will be celebrating their 150th anniversary next year.
Nike will make kits for both the men’s and women’s team at all levels.
The deal is a welcome boost for Nike, who recently lost the rights to make the English national rugby team’s kits to Canterbury.