The Lionesses Want to Scrap White Shorts for the World Cup Over Period Concerns

The FA and Nike are working together to make players feel more comfortable on the pitch.

January 12th 2023

The FA is in talks with FIFA about changing the Lionesses’ short colour for this year’s World Cup due to players’ growing concerns around having to wear white whilst on their periods.

As reported by the Telegraph, the FA is understood to be in total support of the Lionesses’ decision to swap their current white shorts with a darker, more period-friendly colour.

England’s kit provider, Nike, is also believed to be fully supportive of the swap and is working closely with the FA on changing the Lionesses’ all-white Home strip ahead of the tournament – which kick-offs on July 20th in Australia and New Zealand.

Federations competing at the World Cup have until February to submit their kit choices for the competition, with teams having to inform FIFA of two different colours – one dark and one light – for each of their first-choice and reserve kits.

While all kits for the tournament must be approved by FIFA, the governing body is prepared to be guided by member associations on their colour preferences and plans to work collaboratively with the FA.

The Lionesses initially expressed their worries about having to wear white whilst playing football on their periods at last summer’s Euros. Since then, West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City have switched to navy and burgundy shorts respectively due to similar concerns.