Like the Super Eagles whose kits forced heads to turn at the 2018 World Cup hosted by Russia, Super Falcons jersey at this year’s women World Cup in Australia and New Zealand has also made the top 10 ranking.
Super Falcons who will face Olympic Champions Canada, Co-hosts Australia and debutants Republic of Ireland have their jersey rankied 8th out of the 32 teams competing.
Considered more simplistic than many of Nigeria’s recent kits, the 2023 home shirt is a beautifully bright green (which Nike calls “electric green.”) The pattern on the cuffs and the sock ribbing, inspired by traditional hand-woven textile designs, adds some nice contrast.
The away kit is a real standout with the darker forest green jersey once again carrying references to traditional African prints and textile art in the contrasting zigzag graphic. Just to cap it all off, the socks are a wonderfully warm coral colour.
World Cup defending Champions USA have their jersey at No.1
In the case of God’s Own Country, Nike has tried something commendably unconventional.The away kit is far sleeker but still distinctive, with a ribbed graphic lending the blue shirt a sense of perpetual movement.
The jagged pattern in bright red on the sleeve cuffs and in two-tone blue on the socks adds dynamic flourish. With back-to-back World Cup titles to defend, the USWNT will certainly look like champions as they set out to make history.
Others in the top 10 are last World cup host France 2nd,Brazil 3rd,England 4th,Japan 5th, Germany 6th,Argentina 7th just above Nigeria with Spain and Austria in the 9th and 10th positions respectively.
Zambia thank ranked last however remained unique using their local manufacturers Kopa to produce their kit.
They had cancelled a contract with their previous kit supplier five years ago and instead set up KoPa, their own in-house producer. As Football Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga puts it, this novel approach is “a true testimony that local brands can grow if well supported.” Unfortunately, neither the orange home kit, green away jersey nor white third alternate offer much to make them stand out at the World Cup.
But when the game begins opponents will look out for Captain Barbra Banda who was only recently allowed to play having initially been said to have extra hormone that denied her competition at the last WAFCON in Morocco.
No matter the ranking of Nigeria when they girls score be ready to watch an impressive dance to go with the kit!