The Heat Press – Issue 18

Time for Issue Number 18 of The Heat Press – a brief roundup of news in the Kit World and Kit Community, to catch up on Issue 17 click here

The Headlines

  • 2022 / 23 Kit Launches
  • New Kit Deals
  • Adidas International Men x Women
  • England’s 4th Goalkeeper Kit

2022 / 23 Kit Launches

Kit Launches are coming thick and fast, so here some of the releases these past few weeks…

Newcastle United – The 2nd home kit produced by Castore, see a thinner stripe to the home shirt return and with some blue accents on all elements of the kit. The one question remains the sponsor, with rumours that the sponsorship will change before the start of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur – Now in their 6th season with their partnership with Nike, the new Spurs home kit sees a return of flashes of yellow in the shirt and socks, however one thing this does do in introduce another colour to the shirt, with Navy, Red, Purple already appearing on the white shirt, too much?? Maybe for some!

West Ham United – The Hammers look to the past for influence to their 22/23 kit, which is based on the Bukta kit from 1991/93 with its unique sleeve pattern.

A surprise to the kit was to see it match with blue shorts and claret socks, the shorts being a highlight for me, reminding me of the Umbro shorts from late 80s.

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Wolves are another team going into their 2nd season with Castore, this kit seems to a simplier version of their last home kit, with just a small amout of black detailing on the shirt this coming season.

Stoke City – It is going to take a lot to beat the way Stoke City have advertised and launced their new kit range, launching Home, Away and 3rd kits over a course of few days but showing how they intend to use their kits this season in a variety of mash ups, this Kit Geek was very excited to see this graphic!

This will be the first time that Stoke City have released a 3rd Kit since their 2017 / 18 season, their last in the Premier League.

Cambridge United – Hummel delivering another bespoke kit for The U’s, a nod to the “Influence” kits from 1991/93 with pattern within the shirt itself…

Stevange – Launching both home and away shirts, the away see the purple remaining as a change colour for the club who used it as their 3rd kit colour last season but the home is a radical change in look with black forming a significant part of the shirt in the body and sleeves for a unique look for the League Two Club.

FC Barcelona – I mentioned on Twitter that I believe this is one of the best home kits produced by Nike for the Catalans, a wonderful take on their classic look, with use of Navy across all elements of the kit working perfectly for me… a great kit!!

New Kit Deals

Although no kits been launched as yet, there has been some confirmation of new kit deals for some clubs over the past week or so…

Aston Villa x Castore

Aston Villa also took to Social Media to thank Kappa for their support, a nice touch I thought.

Ipswich Town x Umbro – This will be interesting to see if they take any influence from the shirts of the early 90s, a return of the laced collar!

MK Dons x Castore

Oxford United x Macron

Adidas International Men x Women

Adidas used some of their International Men’s teams to help launch their new Kit range for the International Women ahead of the upcoming Euros in England.

Belgium – A great look with Black / Red / Red

Germany – who may be in spot of bother with FIFA, as the Women’s shirt only has two stars, not the four that normally appear on the Men’s kit!

Spain – Something classic about this Spanish Shirt!

England’s 4th Goalkeeper Kit

In their Nation’s League Game against Germany, England and Jordan Pickford used a red version of the Nike Goalkeeper template, this was the 4th variation used after Yellow, Green and Black..

And Finally….

Whats happening in the Kit Community.

I like to end each issue with some of the “going ons” within the Kit Community.

The latest Episode of The Football Kit Podcast is now out, this time we take a more detailed look at one club’s kits, with Newcastle United being that club, Les, Denis and I were joined by Gavin Haigh for a wonderful dicussion about The Magpies’ kits over the years, you can check out the podcast on my page or use this link to listen directly here

Another Podcast to check out is The Price of Football, in general a wonderful podcast looking into the “Finances Behind the Beautiful Game”… one episode I really want to recommend is from Thursday 2nd June where there is a facsinating interview with Hummel’s Mark Underwood. The podcast can be found here

Our Friends over at Talking Kit have ended their first series of “Full Kit Rankers”, make sure you check out their YouTube Channel, check out their episodes discussing kits from AFCON to EFL to Champions League

I have always considered Football Kits as a form of art work, well Christopher K Art has taken this one step further, with this wonderful abstract painting of the 2021/22 Millwall Home shirt, I might be biased (I know I am) but this would be fantastic hanging on my wall…!

Let me know your thoughts and comments and if there is any content that you would like me to share in future issues, please message me and let me know the details or use the comments field below or contact me over on @Kit_Geek on Twitter

Champions League 2021/22 – Kit Overview

On Saturday 28th May 2022, Real Madrid won their 14th Champions League (European Cup) against Liverpool in the Final at Stade de France in Paris. I wanted to follow my overview of the kits worn in the Group Stages with a Kit Overview of the Knock Out Stages of the competition, as well as a final overview of the competition from The Group Stages

Knock Out Round Kit Stats

  • 30 Kits worn in Knock Out Stages – 29 games
  • 17 Home Kits (13 first choice / 4 variations)
  • 5 Away Kits (3 first choice / 2 variations)
  • 8 3rd Kits (7 first choice / 1 variation)
  • 7 New Kit Variations used in Knock Out Stages

Overall Kit Stats (Including Group Stages)

  • 96 Kits worn in Group Stages – 125 games
  • 48 Home Kits (30 first choice / 18 variations)
  • 30 Away Kits (21 first choice / 9 variations)
  • 17 3rd Kits (15 first choice / 2 variations)
  • 1 4th Kit used

Kit Overview

Group A / Group B

Group C / Group D

Group E / Group F

Group G / Group H

The 7 “New Kits Variations” seen in the Knockout Stages:

Atletico Madrid – Home Kit, with red shorts and socks at Manchester City

Real Madrid – Home Kit with away socks at Chelsea

Real Madrid – Away Kit at Manchester City

Benfica – 3rd Kit at Ajax

Benfica – Away at Liverpool

Lille OSC – Away with black socks at Chelsea

Chelsea – Away with alternative yellow shorts (at Lille OSC and Real Madrid)

Kit Variations Stats

Looking in more detail at the Kit Variations worn by the Champions League Teams

  • Four Teams in 5 Kit variations
    • AC Milan (6 Games) – Home Kit x3, Away Kit, 3rd Kit
    • Manchester United (8 Games) – Home Kit x3, Away Kit, 3rd Kit
    • Atletico Madrid (10 Games) – Home Kit x3, Away Kit, 3rd Kit
    • Benfica (10 Games) – Home Kit x2, Away Kit x2, 3rd Kit
  • Three Teams in 4 Kit variations
    • Zenit St.Petersberg (6 Games) – Home Kit, Away x3
    • Lille OSC (8 Games) – Home Kit, Away Kit, 3rd Kit x2
    • Chelsea (10 Games) – Home Kit x2, Away Kit, 3rd Kit
  • 14 Teams in 3 Kit Variations
    • 4 Teams in Home, Away, 3rd Kits (Manchester City, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Red Bull Salzburg)
  • 11 Teams in 2 Kit Variations
  • Most variations of Home Kit – 3
    • AC Milan
    • Atletico Madrid
    • Manchester United
  • Most variatons of Away Kit – 3:
    • Zenit St.Petersburg
  • Most variations of 3rd Kit – 3:
    • Lille OSC
  • 14 Teams did not wear any Kit Variations, just default Home, Away, 3rd, 4th or Cup Kits
    • Club Brugges
    • Manchester City
    • Paris St.Germain
    • Liverpool
    • Ajax
    • Inter Milan
    • Shakhtar Donesk
    • Sheriff Tiraspol
    • Barcelona (Cup Kit and 4th Kit)
    • Dynamo Kyev
    • Bayern Munich
    • Villarreal
    • Young Boys
    • Red Bull Salzburg
  • Most worn Home Kit – 11, Villarreal (out of 12 games)
  • Most worn Away Kit – 3, Young Boys (6 Games)
  • Most worn 3rd Kit – 4, Sporting Lisbon (8 Games) / Manchester City (12 games)
  • Most worn 4th Kit – 2, Barcelona

Knock Out Fixtures

Group Stage Fixtures can be found here

Kit Highlights:

Villareal wore their home kit in 11 of their 12 fixtures

Atletico Madrid wore three different home kit variations in the Champions League all against English opposition.

Borussia Dortmund were the only team in the competition not to wear a change kit, only wearing their home kit with two pairs of shorts, default black and alternative fluro yellow.

There we have it, the final kit report of the 2021 / 22 Season, congratulation to Real Madrid on their victory.

Let me know you favourite kits, kit highlights and kit match ups of the 2021 / 22 Champions League in the comments below or over at @Kit_Geek

Millwall x Hummel

As many you of you know I am Millwall supporter and have been over 30 years now, when it comes to posting and writing articles I always look to remain neutral and do not tend to focus on my own club, however for one post I need to make an exception and here’s why….

Today (Wednesday 20th April 2022), Millwall announced a new Kit Partnership with Hummel and honestly this makes me feel like I am 10 years old again…. in fact, the closest feeling to this is when Millwall first had their kits produced by ASICS, which at the time I found amazing that we had the same kit manufacturer as two of the biggest clubs at the time, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers (1994)

Looking at my years of supporting the club the Kits have been produced by likes of Spall, Errea, Bukta, Macron and even a brand owned by then club owner Theo Paphitis (Strikeforce), so the thought of my club having what I would view as a World Class Kit Manufacturer really makes this Millwall Supporting Kit Geek excited.

Over the past few seasons in Macron’s second spell with the club have really delivered some wonderful kits, very much taken their influence from kits from late 80s, early 90s and I thank them for this, so there are decent size “shoes” to fill but given some of kits designed and produced over the past few seasons for clubs in English Football I cannot wait to see what this iconic brand have in store for my club.

The deal is a long-term deal for the next five years, starting from 2022 / 23 season and will provide “Bespoke” kits for the club’s teams and coaching staff, as well as taking control of Club Shop and online retail, this is a huge step for the club.

The full statement can be found here

In the meantime, here is a Concept Kit design created by a “Friend of Kit Geek” @KonceptKitz just to give you an idea of what Millwall x Hummel kit could look like!

Let me know your thoughts, especially you Millwall fans out there!

Thank you for indulging me in this little love in… normal service will resume.

The Heat Press – Issue 14

Time for Issue Number 14 of The Heat Press – a brief roundup of news in the Kit World and Kit Community, to catch up on Issue 13 click here

The Headlines

  • Juventus – 4th Shirt
  • Wycombe Wanderers – Special Kit
  • Lincoln City – Fan Desinged Shirt
  • Red Star FC – Kit Design Competition

Juventus 4th Shirt

Juventus are the next Serie A team to release a 4th Kit for the 2021 / 22 Season. The shirt for “The Old Lady” is designed in collaboration with Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra, famous for street art and murals. This shirt provides an interesting use of colour and shapes to give a very unique look and was worn with white shorts and socks in their game against Bologna .

Wycombe Wanderers – Special Kit

Wycombe Wanderers took to the field in their League One game agaisnt Plymouth Argyle on Friday 15th April in a Special Kit, which was named “A Kit for Ukraine” and join a number of teams who worn Blue / Yellow combinations in the recent weeks. The Kit produced by Oneils is the same template as the club’s current home and 3rd kits in the colours of Ukraine and was available for auction to raise funds for charities linked to supporting those impacted by the current situation.

Full details can be found here

Lincoln City fan designed shirt

A club close to my heart, Lincoln City have released a limited addition Fan Designed shirt pays tribute to the area’s proud RAF history, the iconic cathedral and features the colours of the Lincolnshire flag and is part of the #MyCityMyShirt campaign.

The shirt will be available an in-store event from 2.30pm on Thursday 21st April, with a number of players attending the event.

Full details can be found here

Red Star FC Kit Design Competition

Another team that is opening up their Kit Design to fans is historic French team Red Star FC. In collobroation with Fiverr, the competition is to celebrate the club’s 125th Anniversary. Designs need to be submitted by 30th April 2022.

All details and how to enter can be found here

And Finally….

Whats happening in the Kit Community.

I like to end each issue with some of the “going ons” within the Kit Community.

The latest Football Kit Podcast is now out, which sees Les, Denis and I discuss Goalkeeper Kits. Following our usual format of something we like (It’s a Keeper) and something we do not like (Not in Glove)… check out the Pod here or check out my site for links to the Podcast.

No spoilers but here are some hints at topics I discuss…

Our Friends at Football Shirts for Charity are kicking off another wonderful initiative where you can Run, walk, swim or cycle 5k… with a football shirt, nominate your team and score points for the league table. The league runs from April 8 to June 26.

All details can be found here

It’s that time of year again where the duo behind The Shirt Union start pulling together where the best deals to get this season shirts, make sure you follow them for more updates to get that deal before the end of the season.

Another thing to keep an eye out on is what @thekitfactor is doing this week, after designing concept kits for all 92 English League Clubs, there is now a knock out competition for the kits designed… the first round is now complete but make sure you check the remaining rounds and of course all the Home, Away and 3rd Kit Concepts they created over the last few months.

And finally, please check out Matt Riley on Twitter, Matt has a book coming out later this year that looks kits and their impact on football…

“Kits tell us more about our club, ourselves and the beautiful game’s custodians than we often realise. From the colours, crests, designs and prices we can learn so much about what makes the game – and us – tick. Kit and Caboodle searches out the stories that our shirts tell us about the teams we support and the society we live in”

More details about the book and how to pre-order can be found here

Let me know your thoughts and comments and if there is any content that you would like me to share in future issues, please message me and let me know the details or use the comments field below or contact me over on @Kit_Geek on Twitter

The Heat Press – Issue 13

Time for Issue Number 13 of The Heat Press – a brief roundup of news in the Kit World and Kit Community, to catch up on Issue 12 click here

The Headlines

  • AC Milan 4th Kit
  • Fiorentina Kit Design Competition
  • Maradona’s “Hand of God” shirt
  • Plymouth Argyle – Ginsters

AC Milan 4th Kit

AC Milan have released their 4th Kit for the 2021 / 22 Season, this kit is part of a larger collaboration with Italian fashion brand “NEMEN”, the Kit was designed by Leonardo Fasolo, Founder and Creative Director of NEMEN and lifelong AC Milan fan.

The kit has been given mixed reviews from fans and those in the Kit Community however this gives a unique look to the Rossonere and is getting people talking about kits, which in kit design is something I can get behind. The kit has been worn by both Women’s and Men’s team this weekend in likely its only appearences on the field.

Fiorentina Kit Design Competition

Staying in Italy, Fiorentina and Kappa are given people the chance to design the 4th Kit for next season, there are some guidelines that must be adhered to in the designs:

  • Primary colors cannot be purple or green.
  • You can also use more than 3 colours as long as one is dominant.
  • You can propose a circled, striped, banded or checked design… but there must always be a dominant color.
  • You cannot replicate the Fiorentina logo or its elements (for example you cannot use the lily, the V of Viola, the name “ACF Fiorentina”).
  • You cannot modify or move the Fiorentina logo, the Kappa logo or the Mediacom logo.
  • You cannot change the shape of the shirt (collar, sleeves … the structure must remain as it is).

So for you Kit Concept Designers out there your designs need to be submitted by 17th April 2022, full details can be found here

Maradona’s “Hand of God” shirt

It has been reported in The Guardian that the shirt worn by Diego Maradona in the 1986 World Cup Quarter Final against England, famously worn scoring two of the most memorible goals in World Cup History is being put up for sale.

The shirt was in the ownership of Steve Hodge (Pictured below) who swapped shirts with Argentinian Legend after the game and has been on display at the National Football Museum of the recent years will go sale at Sotherby’s Auctioneers and estimate to sell for £4m.

Full details on the story can be found here

Plymouth Argyle – Ginsters

One of the most famous sponsorship partnerships in English Football is coming to an end. Plymouth Argyle and local savoury snack maker Ginsters have been in partnership since 2002, so at the end of this season their 20 year association will be coming to an end with League One club sporting a new sponsor for the 2022/23 season… will Pymouth shirts ever look the same again!

And Finally….

Whats happening in the Kit Community.

I like to end each issue with some of the “going ons” within the Kit Community.

Firstly our Friends at Football Shirts for Charity have released some new Charity shirts for 2022, following up from their wonderful shirts from 2021, they are producing three shirts each with a different colour details and you can include a name and number for no additional charge.

I have ordered mine, to go with my white shirt of theirs last season… its the blue one this year for me and cannot wait to add it to my collection.

Check out their site and place your order here

As you will know I am a lover of “Kit Logs”, maintaining a record of the kits worn by teams through out a competion or season, there have been a couple of examples that I have seen in the last week that I want to call out and share here…

PABLO has created this fantastic illistration of Spainish Segunda División B Hércules CF kits worn this season.

Paint Kits produced this amazing graphic looking at the teams from South America in the CONMEBOL 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, with what teams wore what kit through out the qualification process… as a Kit Geek, I love it!

There has been a few updates to my site over the past week, I have now included a section where I will keep the Kit Grids from the 2021 / 22 season in one place, the Premier League has been added with EFL Leagues to be added over the coming days (example below, Premier League up to 5th April 2022).

The page can be found at the top of my site,

I have also now included a “Friends of Kit Geek” section as well, where you can find other Football Kit Related pages that may interest you, if you want to see your site here please let me know and I will add it the list.

Let me know your thoughts and comments and if there is any content that you would like me to share in future issues, please message me and let me know the details or use the comments field below or contact me over on @Kit_Geek on Twitter

FA Cup – Quarter Finals, Kit Review

The FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world, first kicked off 150 years ago in November 1871 has now completed the 5th Round of the 2021/22 season.

Details from Round 5 can be found here – FA Cup – Fifth Round, Kit Review

The Quarter Finals of the competition was held on 19th March and 20th March, with all games televised. The round consisted of 8 teams, 6 Premier League Teams and 2 Championship Teams.

No replays from now on in the competition, so all ties were concluded in these games by Extra Time / Penalities if needed.

Quarter Final Kit Log

Manufacturers

Only four manufacturers left in the competition at this round, it was the first time this season that Puma did not supply the most kits, that honour fell to Hummel with three teams out of the eight left and Macron the only supplier to provide just one team with their kit.

Kit Highlights

As there was only four games, let take each match…

Middlesbrough v Chelsea

Middlebrough in their kit for 3rd time (4 games), Chelsea have worn their home kit in all games so far.

Crystal Palace v Everton

Crystal Palace another team that have been in their home kit for 3 games, the only time not in their home colours they used their 3rd Kit, which has yet to be used in the Premier League in their 3rd Round tie at Local Rivals Millwall. Everton were in a change kit for the first time in the competition this season.

Southampton v Manchester City

Southampton have worn 3 kits in their 4 games, including a special one off white shirt in Round 4, this was their 2nd appearance in their home kit. Manchester City have used their Home, Away and 3rd kits before this game, so taking to the field in their 3rd kit was also the 2nd appearance of the kit.

Nottingham Forest v Liverpool

Nottingham Forest who have played all their games at City Ground, so have worn their home kit in all their 4 games. Liverpool where in their first away game, so took to the field in a change kit for the first time in the competition this season.

Let me know your favourite kits from the FA Cup Quarter Finals at either the comments section below or over at Twitter – @Kit_Geek

The Heat Press – Issue 12

Time for Issue Number 12 of The Heat Press – a brief roundup of news in the Kit World and Kit Community, to catch up on Issue 11 click here

The Headlines

  • Real Madrid – 120th Anniversary Kit
  • Canada Premier League Kit Launch
  • Denmark
  • Colchester United – Special Kit
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle – 2022/23 Kit Launch

Real Madrid – 120th Anniversary Kit

Real Madrid have released a special kit to celebrate their 120th Anniversary, the kit which was designed in collaboration with Yohji Yamamoto under the Y-3 Brand. The all black kit is one for collectors with the price of the shirt alone being £160 / €180 and if you wanted to pick the whole kit up it will cost over £300.

The kit was worn last weekend in “El-Clásico” against rivals FC Barcelona, who themselves wore their “Senyera” kit which is in it’s 4th calendar year of use, this gave us one of the world’s classic derby matches a very unique look…

Canada Premier League

The was a large kit launch across the Atlantic last week with the launch of the Primary Kits for the Canadian Premier League. All kits are produced by Macron and they have delivered some great looks for the eight teams in the competition…

My favourite looks are…

FC Valour

And York United

The “Secondary” kits are launched over the next week, ready for the League to kick off in the first week of April, so we will take a look at those kits in the coming weeks but interested to see what they produce in follow up to the “Primary” kits.

Denmark – Special Edition Kit

Hummel have teamed up with fashion brand “BLS Hafina” to produce a special kit for the Denmark’s national team, this kit is to pay tribute to a new generation and will be worn on 29th March 2022 in their friendly against Serbia.

Check out Hummel‘s tweet about the kit below….

Colchester United – Special Kit

On Monday 21st March, Colchester United took to the field in their League Two game against Forest Green Rovers in a special kit to show their solidarity with the people of Ukraine. The team wearing the yellow and blue kit, as will has ticket proceeds and other fund raising raised over £65,000 for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, via the British Red Cross.

Full details can be found here

Inverness Caledonian Thistle – Kit Launch

One of the first kit launches of the 2022 / 23 season has now happened, with Inverness Caledonian Thistle have launched their home kit for next season, which the club are stating…

“Inspired by the fans who follow the Caley Jags both at home and on our travels, our “Inverness is Wonderful” song” with the words “Inverness is Wonderful” wovern into the shirt.

More details can be found here but the team are currently in the playoff positions in the Scottish Championship so will be hoping this kit is one we see in the Scottish Premier League next season.

And Finally….

Whats happening in the Kit Community.

I like to end each issue with some of the “going ons” within the Kit Community.

The Spark Academy have now taken their wonderful “Kit Breakdown” across to YouTube where they are looking at the authenic and replica versions of the Manchester United 2021 / 22 home shirt.

Watch the video here

Our friends over at the Kit Mag have recent tweeted about contributing in future issues of their magazine, if you are interested take a look at their site and just follow the instructions laid out here – I think I might even try and submit something myself….

@ArsenalShirt shared an interesting tweet this week, where the club were offering fans who hold “fan tokens” the chance to vote for what kit the team should wear in their game against Southampton on 16th April… interesting to see and is this the future??? (I would go 3rd kit, the more we see that the better in my eyes)!

Let me know your thoughts and comments and if there is any content that you would like me to share in future issues, please message me and let me know the details or use the comments field below or contact me over on @Kit_Geek on Twitter

The Heat Press – Issue 11

After a little break its now time for Issue Number 11 of The Heat Press – a brief roundup of news in the Kit World and Kit Community, to catch up on Issue 10 click here

The Headlines

  • Teams supporting Ukraine
  • Borussia Dortmund – Kit Design Competition
  • Italy confirmed to Adidas
  • Bury AFC Kit Vote
  • Las Vegas Lights x Meyba

Teams supporting Ukraine

There have seen several examples of English Football teams using their kits to show solidatory with Ukraine over the past few weeks.

Ipswich Town v Lincoln City – Ipswich Town in all blue and Lincon City in their 3rd kit to create a Blue / Yellow look for the match

Brighton and Hove Albion wore their 3rd Kit (last season’s away) at home against Liverpool in Premier League, the shirts were auctioned off after the game to raise money for supporting charities.

Sunderland wore their away kit at home against Crewe Alexandra

I would expect we continue to see similar shows of support over the coming weeks.

Borussia Dortmund – Kit Design Competition

As discussed in Issue 4 of The Heat Press, Borussia Dortmund introduced a competition to design their home kit for 2023/24 season. This has now got the stage of the final designs, our friends at Kit Mag pulled together this wonderfull graphic to show the finalists in the competition.

Voting ends this week on 18th March, where you can vote for your top 3 kits – https://kit.bvb.de/en

For me its the Top Middle, and the bottom two as shown in the graphic!

Italy to Adidas

Following the rumours that have been circulating since the start of the year, it was confirmed that the Italian National team will have their kits supplied by Adidas from January 2023.

It will not be the first time that The Azzuri have kits supplied by Adidas having provided playing and training kit between 1974 and 1978, however this did not carry the classic “Three Stripe” branding and as all kit lovers, we are keen to see if they adopt the three colours of the flag in their stripes as seen with the Italian Rugby team in 2014.

Bury AFC – Kit Vote

Bury AFC, the fan owned Phoenix club are offering their fans the opportunity to vote on the clubs kit for the next season, with Hope+Glory providing the kits for the club, some interesting designs on offer, I would go for option E, there are some Admiral vibes to this shirt that I like. The final kit will be used for the following two seasons.

Las Vegas Lights – 2022 Shirts

Las Vegas Lights a team well known in the Kit Community, who play in the USL Championship in United States have released their Home and Away Kits for the 2022 Season. The kits are produced by Classic Spanish manufactuerer Meyba (think Gary Lineker at Barcelona) and take inspriation from the City in their design, the Home based on the famous “Las Vegas Strip” and Away based on the region around the city, each design using colour well to highlight these elements.

On a personal note, I am off to Vegas later this year, so hoping to take a game whilst I am there.

And Finally….

Whats happening in the Kit Community.

I like to end each issue with some of the “going ons” within the Kit Community.

Episode 8 of The Football Kit Podcast is now out, in this episode Les, Denis and I discuss Change Kits, we look we each take a postive and negative view of change kits.

A snap shot of our discussion can seen below…

You can find the podcast here or at your Podcast App of choice

With the annoucement of Italy soon to be wearing Adidas Kits has seen many concept kit designs from the Community, I wanted to call out @hendocfc who produced this wonderful take on what the shirt would look like.

I particularly like the collar and after seeing it was inspired by another passion of mine Formula 1, with the current Alfa Romeo rear wing.

Let me know your thoughts and comments and if there is any content that you would like me to share in future issues, please message me and let me know the details or use the comments field below or contact me over on @Kit_Geek on Twitter

The Heat Press – Issue 10

Time for Issue Number 10 of The Heat Press – a brief roundup of news in the Kit World and Kit Community, to catch up on Issue 9 click here

The Headlines

  • Boreham Wood FA Cup Kit
  • Cheslea World Club Champions
  • Luton Town Sponsorship
  • Schalke 04 Sponorship change

Boreham Wood FA Cup Kit

Boreham Wood the final Non League Team left in the 2021/22 FA Cup are facing Premier League side Everton in The Fifth Round of the competition on Thursday 3rd March. Due to a clash between Boreham Wood’s Home Kit (all white) and Away Kit (Sky Blue) with Everton’s Blue / White Home kit and new 3rd Kit has been comissioned for the game. In a gesture to their opponents Everton offered to cover the costs of the new kit to support the club.

The kit may look familar, this is same template used by Manchester City and Crystal Palace Goalkeepers. Full details of the story can be found on Boreham Wood’s website here

Cheslea World Club Champions

After winning the World Club Championship, Chelsea took to the field in the Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Saturday 19th February sporting the “World Club Champions” badge, this is likely to be the only time we will see this badge in the Premier League based on the current Premier League rules, however it will be used in European Competitions.

My personal opinion here is that is a real shame, I believe we should be proud to have The World Champions in the Premier League and they should be allowed to wear the badge until the next competition.

Luton Town – New Sponsor

Luton Town took to the field on 19th February with a new front of shirt sponsor for their home kit. Utilita replace JB Developments for the remander of the season.

Full details can be found on Luton Town’s website here

Schalke 04 Sponsorship amendment

FC Schalke 04 have made the decision to remove their current sponsor given the global situation and the links their current sponsor has with the Russian State. They will replace the sponsor with simple wording of “SCHALKE 04” (mocked up example below from our friends at @KITmagazine_

German Newspaper BILD also replaced the sponsor with another logo in their recent publication.

And Finally….

Whats happening in the Kit Community.

I like to end each issue with some of the “going ons” within the Kit Community.

The always wonderful @KitblissNZ has followed up his 100 Greatest Football Shirt Templates countdown with a podcast to accompany the first few enteries, well worth checking out Kitbliss Podcast

It will be worth keeping an eye on what Phil Delves is up to in the coming weeks, Phil recently used this tweet to not only deliver a power message but to give a sneak peek of upcoming project, definitely watch this space here

Masters Football is returning this summer, so I put a poll out about kits, would you prefer to see teams using their current kits or sport something that was more “Retro Inspired”… the results were very much one sided and not surprising, I wonder what we will see??

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The Heat Press – Issue 9

Time for Issue Number 9 of The Heat Press – a brief roundup of news in the Kit World and Kit Community, to catch up on Issue 8 click here

The Headlines

  • Torres’ Barcelona Shirt
  • PSG x Jordan?
  • Huddersfield Town – Colourblindness Support
  • MLS Kit Launches

Torres’ Barcelona Shirt

In the Europa League tie between FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli on Thursday 17th February 2022, there was a rare kit detail that kicked up enough fuss that it was even trending on Twitter. Ferran Torres making his first appearence in Europe for the Club took to the field in a long sleeved shirt that had no club crest or Nike logo on the shirt…

According to @fcbarcelonacollection.com this was due to an manufacting error…

Many of you wrote to me yesterday about Ferran Torres’ shirt & why there is no crest of Barça and the swoosh of Nike on it.
I share hypothetical reasons why did happen. Now I can confirm it again with more information.
As I wrote last night & the radio cope confirm it.

The shirt at the time of production was in the phase of applying the crest and the Nike swoosh, unfortunately the glue that the shirt had applied, was not apply correctly on the fabric and the both elements peeled off easily & were not noticed

The shirt did not pass full quality control at the Nike factory. Someone who is responsible for control has allowed human error to happen. Easily done?

Nike sends sports equipment to the club two times during the season + add orders. The kitman and staff missed the error. They realized it on the pitch after HT. The player himself did not even notice that error.

F. Torres changed shirts at half-time. Many players do this because of the sweaty from first half and other reasons. Ferran had two long-sleeved shirts match prepared and one short sleeve. Two long-sleeved shirts for each half of the game. Short sleeve shirt was exchanged

Apparently the Club and technical staff didn’t feel good about this failure and the they going to take action to avoid the same things in the future

The full thread can be found here – @fcbarcelonacollection.com

PSG x Jordan

The release of the 2021/22 4th Kit for PSG this month may be the last of its kind as part of the Nike Air Jordan Brand. It is reported that the deal with Jordan has ended and this kit will be the last of its kind seen, however the details are vague and this could be just opening the door to other teams seeing something similar.

However, given the success of the tie up I am sure we will something something similar in future seasons and likely with more than just PSG sporting the brand.

The Kit was used for the first time in the League game against Rennes and is the same design (template?) as the current home kit and heavily influenced by basketball uniform designs.

Huddersfield Town – Colourblindness Support

Communication is the key and this was proved by Huddersfield Town on 8th February when they let their fans (and of course all Kit Fans) that they would be in a “Kit Mash Up” for their game against Preston North End to support those fans with colour vison deficiency.

Their look for the night combined their away shirt with their home shorts and socks to give a descintive look and provide a contraist to their hosts.

MLS Kit Launches

With MLS kicking off it’s 2022 season at the end of February this week has seen many of the teams launch their new kits for the season. Historically MLS teams launch one new kit per season keeping either their home or away kits from the previous season. I will be doing a more in depth look at kits in the coming weeks but wanted to call out some of the new kits we have seen released this week

LA Galaxy – Home Kit

Philadelphia Union – Home Kit

New York Red Bulls – Away

As mentioned, I will be doing a more of deep dive into MLS Kits once all kits are launched, so keep an eye out for that in the coming weeks.

And Finally….

Whats happening in the Kit Community.

I like to end each issue with some of the “going ons” within the Kit Community.

Tom at @TheShirtUnion has been putting the shirt updates in the last week or so, these updates are fantastic in keeping an eye on current shirt deals for English teams.

Championship Kits can be found here – Championship

League One can found here – League One

A wonderful collection of Cambridge United shirts was shared by @jamesdking76 from 1991 to 1993

Is Football Kit Wordle a thing… well I have given it go, here is my attempt at one… any kits you can create in this theme??

Let me know your thoughts and comments and if there is any content that you would like me to share in future issues, please message me and let me know the details or use the comments field below or contact me over on @Kit_Geek on Twitter