Nike Australia and Football Federation Australia have just introduced their new 2018 home and away kits, which will be worn by both the Socceroos and the Matildas in upcoming games. For the home kit, Nike delivered a sea of gold with a wave graphic on the sleeve along with dark green trims and accents. That’s joined by an away kit of green and gold, eschewing the traditional navy seen in kits from 2006 all the way up until last year.
If the “sea of gold” theme seems familiar the astute football fans out there, it’s because the kit makes direct reference to a legendary game in 2005. That’s when the Socceroos defeated Uruguay to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 32 years. To help build support before the game, the 2005 Socceroos captain asked fans to create a sea of gold both inside and outside the stadium. “This was the battle cry that inspired the vision and design of the 2018 Australian home kit”, declared Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director, Pete Hoppins.
For the big reveal in Sydney last night, Socceroos players Josh Risdon and Josh Brillante were joined by Matildas player Caitlin Foord and talented newcomer Daniel De Silva, all of them rocking the new apparel. Foord and her fellow Matildas will be the first to wear the home kit when they play their debut match on April 8. Before the game starts, the players will be wearing new pre-match tops in Strike Green. Nike Australia will also be releasing new training apparel in Aloe Verde Green.
In addition to going big on purposeful colour, the new kits are intensely comfortable. Specifically, they’re made using Nike’s Astro Mesh Dri-Fit fabric, which is lighter and more breathable than previous kits by a significant margin. Also featured is a new crest application dubbed Crest Flight. Here’s hoping both teams let all that gold and green get to their heads, taking home trophies and cash alike by the end of the season.