England’s national women’s football team have unveiled a striking new kit, which swaps white shorts for a darker navy blue, to alleviate concerns of competing while on their periods.
The Lionesses’ new home kit pays homage to past and present with its iconic white jersey, taking inspiration from the original 1923 Wembley’s white design, while paying tribute to England’s traditional colours.
A new move has been made to introduce blue shorts in response to squad members calling for darker colours due to period anxiety. The new colours tie back to England’s 1984 kit.
England forward and striker Beth Mead has been at the forefront of campaigning for change. Mead vocalised her preference to Nike, who are the official manufacturers of the England kit, during the last European Championship tournament.
“It’s very nice to have an all-white kit, but sometimes it’s not practical when it’s that time of the month,” Mead said, calling for a darker kit to alleviate any worry of playing while on her period.
“We deal with it [menstruation] as best as we can but we discussed the shorts issue together as a team and fed our views through to Nike.”
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It seems Nike have heard the player’s calls for change as the global sporting company have also designed an “ultra thin short liner” which is said to absorb any excess or leaking blood.
The European champions will debut their new home kit at Wembley on Thursday, April 6, as England faces off Copa América winners, Brazil, in the first women’s Finalissima.
Alongside their new home kit, England have shared images of their gradient blue Art Deco-inspired away set.
Whether the Lionesses take to the pitch in their calming blue shirts or new squeaky clean off-white jerseys, their new kit signifies change and that organisations are listening to the team’s requests. The switch to blue shorts might be a small feat, but it’s a sign of much bigger change.