Nike have just unveiled their 2022 football team collections, with each kit celebrating the youthful diversity and rich cultures of Nike federations with cutting-edge sport science and digital design for each individual nation.
Each kit and training kits are underpinned by Dri-FIT ADV, Nike’s latest – and greatest – apparel material platform. Both the match kits and training apparel have been created using an innovative computational design based on a 4D-model – which reacts to how players sweat while in motion – to create a cutting-edge, lightweight kit that is engineered pixel by pixel.
The new seamless kits provide precise reinforcement and venting for distraction-free play, with a distinct aesthetic that features fluid cut lines that match throughout the shirt and short, even as the athlete is in motion.
Each kit collection comes with clean lifestyle collections available across Men’s, Women’s and Kids, with 75% of the entire Nike Football apparel collection is made with 100% recycled polyester— the highest-ever figures in sustainably-minded design in Nike Football.
“Our new team collections represent the latest example of how we serve athletes with pinnacle product innovation from Pitch to Street,” says Scott Dixon, VP, Global Men’s Football. “With 5 billion fans across the globe, no other sport brings people together more than football. That’s why we’re committed to bringing our best to the world’s biggest stage—and everywhere else—and building the most joyful, brilliant Nike football community ever.”
The home and away jerseys for the majority of the federations launch on September 15 via Nike with a general release of the full collections and England’s collection on September 21. Get a closer look at each of the kits below.
The new French collection celebrates the France Nouveau, or New France—a fusion of the country’s heritage and future. The oak leaf and olive branch pattern of the home kit represents strength, solidarity and peace. Classic French design cues include a tricolor insert on the short, a jacquard sock and cuff and gold detailing. The away kit graphic, inspired by French toile de Jouy, is made up of iconic French and Les Bleus imagery like the Cockerel, botanicals, the Arc de Triomphe and Clairefontaine.
The 2022 Dutch home kit is unapologetically orange as a nod to Dutch tradition while also using a fresh design language to emphasise the inclusive and internationally-minded mentality of innovators across Dutch sport and culture. A dancing swirl of Orange Peel and Laser Orange evokes the mane of a lion, the historic symbol of the Low Countries, and represents the fluidity of the Total Football tactical system. On the away kit, rich colours and textures continue to tell the story of culture and football constantly influencing each other in the Netherlands.
Portugal’s 2022 kits signal a new era on the horizon for futebol português. On the home kit, Pepper Red and Gorge Green, with Gold Dart tipping, nods to the Portuguese flag while a diagonal line mimics the flag wrapped around the body. National pride is shown through the crest of the Federação Portuguesa de Futebol (FPF) and the esfera armilar, used as a patch on the back collar. The away kit uses Sail White, an off-white tone, to ensure the Portuguese club stands out in a sea of bright white kits.
The 2022 USA collection serves as a symbol of national pride and draws inspiration from the United States’ diverse and storied sport legacy. The iconic U.S. uniform design cues include bold stripes, an enlarged centre crest akin to basketball jerseys, double Swooshes on the sleeves reminiscent of those used on American football jerseys, the unique shoulder and sleeve cut-and-sew construction and pattern of a hockey jersey, and timeless block lettering. Subtle details, like “States United” on the inner back of the shirt, add depth to the story of unity and togetherness while the ice-dying technique used on the away kit create a vibrant pattern to celebrate diversity and youth.
The 2022 kit evokes Australia’s unique ecosystems. Through University Gold, Tour Yellow and Green Noise, the home kit conjures the rugged, sandy landscape of the Outback and the rich wetlands and forests. The away kit is a homage to the Australian coastlines and teeming ocean. Obsidian and Green Glow represent the marine life and reefs and signal the deep connection between Australians and coastal life.
The 2022 Canada kit will be the same the team has worn throughout the past year, as Canada Soccer is on a different kit development cycle. The kits are highlighted by Canada’s traditional red and white colour scheme and are accentuated by the Canadian Soccer crest, featuring the maple leaf, the nation’s most widely iconic symbol.
The 2022 Croatian home kit introduces a modern take on the globally recognised checkered pattern that symbolises Croatian pride. The clean lines of the home kit underline the core Croatian values of family, passion and tradition, while the away kit’s blurred, wavy lines nod to the ebbs and flows of Croatia’s Adriatic coastline.
The design of the 2022 football kits allows each nation’s unique heritage to be showcased through stunning design details. For Poland’s home kit, intricate sleeve graphics depict the nest and feathers of a white eagle, the feature of the country’s coat of arms, paying homage to the centuries-old symbol of Polish sovereignty and unity. Sport Red and White, Poland’s national colours, celebrate peace and honour.
The Qatari home kit combines Desert Maroon with white serrated trim to mirror the Qatari flag. The crest on the upper chest highlights Qatar’s host nation status. The away kit evokes the coastline of Qatar while a subtle strong of pearls graphic overlay nods to the history of pearl-diving in the coastal atolls. In motion, the kit is mean to resemble a sandstorm swirling in the arid sun.
The green and white color ways of the 2022 Saudi kit are inspired by the Saudi Arabian flag. The shield of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) features a falcon, or saqr in Arabic which doubles as a multilingual reference to the word soccer. The away kit uses an all-over-print interpretation that builds on concepts from the 2018 and 2020 away kits to evoke a sense of speed and boldness.