World Cup Kit Rankings - Neds Blog

World Cup Kit Rankings – Neds Blog

One of the big off field highlights for every World Cup is the participating nations launching their new kits for the matches.

Despite many different things about this World Cup, like it taking place in November and in a place few would have ever expected a tournament like this to be held, new kits have been revealed and are on sale now.

As we do for many new seasons, we’ve gone through the 31 new “home” kits plus one holdover (more on that later) and picked out our favourites.

Neds’ kit department went all out this year with the Fashions on the Pitch event which was well attended by notable football icons (although one wasn’t allowed in).

Check out our kit rankings from worst to first below!

32: PORTUGAL

For some reason, Portugal decided to go with this weird half and half design using their traditional green and red combination.

It’s a real disservice to Cristiano Ronaldo in what is probably going to be his last World Cup going out looking like a low-budget Christmas tree.

𝗕𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗕𝗥𝗨𝗡𝗢. 🚀💫 Golaço de @B_Fernandes8 no triunfo do @ManUtd! 😈 #VesteABandeira

Bruno Fernandes’ Golazo in Manchester United’s triumph! 😈 #WearTheFlag pic.twitter.com/5mZh7Icowg

— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) October 20, 2022

31: MOROCCO

Another green and red abomination, we have seen plenty of good with this colour pairing but this is not one for that list.

Puma’s efforts this World Cup are pretty poor overall and this might be the worst of the bunch.

New World Cup kit for Morocco 🇲🇦🔥 pic.twitter.com/nTGCNOxwWI

— Captain Morocco🇲🇦 (@AtlasIion) May 31, 2022

30: GERMANY

Normally you could pencil the Germans in for a Semi Final appearance and a top five spot in the kit rankings but this is not one of their best efforts.

Get rid of the massive black stripe and all is fixed, but when the mistake is so prominent, you have to mark it down.

Could shoot. Could cross 🤔

Pick your free-kick taker 🕵️‍♂️❓ pic.twitter.com/xgClw3iD2C

— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) September 27, 2022

29: ENGLAND

Can we change “it’s coming home” to “send it home… please!”

The blue gradient on the shoulders looks like the printer at Nike ran out of ink and once again, overcomplicates what should be a classically simplistic design.

Take note of their resplendent red away kit, roll that out in white and they’d be at or very near the top.

The #ThreeLions will face Ukraine at @wembleystadium in our first home #EURO2024 qualifying fixture in March 👊

Tickets will go on sale to England Supporters Travel Club members tomorrow:

— England (@England) November 2, 2022

28: CANADA

If this jersey looks familiar, it’s because Canada is rolling with the one they qualified in because of a slightly different contract with Nike.

They’ll get a new one in 2023 and to be fair, it’s not a horrific jersey, just very bland that kind of looks like the international teams on the FIFA video game they don’t have the licence for.

How We Got Here: Game 12/20 🇨🇦🏆

🇨🇦 4-1 🇵🇦
13 October 2021
BMO Field, Toronto

It was the largest attendance ever for a Men’s National Team match in Toronto and the fourth largest ever in Canada for a Men’s National Team match with 26,622 fans in attendance.#WeCAN #CANMNT pic.twitter.com/JRP48RYv3C

— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) November 14, 2022

27: GHANA

Just like Canada, we’ve got a bit of a basic kit here and there’s not a lot to love or hate about it.

Another mark against Puma here.

Old-school 🇬🇭 vibes.

The 2022 @ghanafaofficial Home kit, available on https://t.co/6Q5vmemNDD. pic.twitter.com/i57SyzEBCq

— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) May 31, 2022

26: COSTA RICA

Mark it down, at least once during a Costa Rica match you are going to wonder why every player is wearing a blue armband.

The shirt is mostly fine but those sleeves need some work.

🇨🇷 Costa Rica, New Balance reveal the nation’s home and away kits for the upcoming 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar ⚽

Full story, pics here: https://t.co/42rHR3mRNU pic.twitter.com/fMubKOitcI

— Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) September 15, 2022

25: SENEGAL

It’s pretty much the Ghana kit with a different national emblem and a chevron on the front.

Good enough for a few extra points but not too many.

L’équipementier de l’équipe nationale du Sénégal de football | Home and away kit | #football #senegal #puma #dakar #Qatar2022 #worldvup #coupedumonde pic.twitter.com/qE88RZQATJ

— Football Senegal (@FootballSenegal) August 30, 2022

24: UNITED STATES

The Nike kits this year have been hit and miss and the colour combination of the USA makes this one a real miss.

You can get a bit creative with the USA and their red, white and blue colours but this feels like a white kit they felt obligated to throw some red and blue on for good measure.

Ready for the big stage. 🇺🇸#USMNT x @nikefootball

— U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team (@USMNT) September 15, 2022

23: POLAND

Ranking Poland in the 20’s might seem a bit harsh as this has the makings of a solid kit, but there’s just better ones out there.

Lewandowski and co.’s primary and alternate World Cup strips….pick 1!

More Poland kits here: https://t.co/xcLMUt7Jv1 pic.twitter.com/lMkkbURml1

— Football Shirts (@FootballShirts) September 21, 2022

22: ECUADOR

A solid if unspectacular Ecuador entry into the kit library from Marathon, the yellow pops and they’ll certainly stand out on the pitch.

La energía de todo un país está plasmada en la nueva Piel que nuestros guerreros tricolores utilizarán para hacer historia en el Mundial Qatar 2022. Con orgullo FEF y Marathon Sports presentan la colección para Qatar 2022 🟡🔵🔴 #LaEnergíaDeTodoUnPaís #LaPielDeTuPaís @LaTri pic.twitter.com/YlboHog6En

— Marathon Sports (@marathonsports_) August 26, 2022

21: IRAN

Similar to the Polish kit, Iran has gone for a clean, white kit with some minor details to break it up.

You hope after their numerous matches with Qatar, they’ll know how to avoid this white one turning see through.

📸 World Cup photoshoot. pic.twitter.com/JLfXXdiVaA

— Persian Soccer (@prznsoccer) November 16, 2022

20: SERBIA

Red with gold trim, clean and simple and one of Puma’s better efforts in 2022.

🅰️ | Андрија Живковић је забележио асистенцију у тријумфу @PAOK_FC над @FCIonikosNikea (0:3). 👏🏻🇷🇸🦅 pic.twitter.com/elJvDOANOH

— Fudbalski savez Srbije | FA of Serbia (@FSSrbije) November 13, 2022

19: CROATIA

Croatia have kind of stuck with their iconic checkerboard design for their 2022 home kit.

There’s a few bare patches there which really should be filled in and if they were, they’d be much higher up on the rankings.

🇭🇷🔥

✅ Majer with an assist as @staderennais win
✅ Pašalić with an assist as @Atalanta_BC win
⚽️ Musa scores second league goal for @SLBenfica
⚽️ Palaversa scores for @estac_officiel against PSG #Croatia #Family pic.twitter.com/Ae3UeZfRXM

— HNS (@HNS_CFF) October 30, 2022

18: CAMEROON

Opinions on this kit vary depending on the day of the week and today is one of those ones where you think it is good different and bad different all in one go.

The lion head design sets it apart from plenty of other kits and the colours will standout too.

🇨🇲Cameroon have unveiled their @FIFAWorldCup kits done by One All Sports.

Hit or miss? pic.twitter.com/1oNTusOIw8

— Andrew Randa (@RandaAndrew) November 5, 2022

17: SOUTH KOREA

On its own the jersey is an impressive effort from South Korea, proving that you can make some positive changes to a familiar design.

The colour pops a bit more, the shoulders offer a bit of detail but when paired with the shorts of the same style, it becomes a bit much.

Don’t be surprised if there’s a few construction workers looking to pick these up on the cheap for some spare high-vis wear in a year or so.

더 뜨겁게, the Reds🔥 pic.twitter.com/DMOFzIGfZI

— theKFA (@theKFA) September 28, 2022

16: QATAR

The hosts have gone for a relatively timeless design for their inaugural World Cup campaign (getting awarded hosting rights is much easier than going through Asian qualifying).

It is somewhat fitting the official colour of this is “desert maroon” considering, but the best part of it all is the centralised logos.

Only one week left to see #AlAnnabi at the World Cup 🇶🇦🤩#AllForAlAnnabi#ForTheLoveOfQatar pic.twitter.com/yTKMuNgmQZ

— Qatar Football Association (@QFA_EN) November 13, 2022

15: DENMARK

Context plays a huge role in these rankings, because if Denmark released this one without an explanation, most would have assumed there was some sort of mistake.

It is an intentionally bland kit to make a statement about the issues surrounding the tournament and for that you have to give the Danes plenty of credit.

Not to mention the subtle details on the shirt are quite nice as well.

This shirt carries with it a message.

We don’t wish to be visible during a tournament that has cost thousands of people their lives.

We support the Danish national team all the way, but that isn’t the same as supporting Qatar as a host nation. pic.twitter.com/7bgMgK7WzS

— hummel (@hummel1923) September 28, 2022

14: URUGUAY

Puma’s second best effort is Uruguay’s home shirt with the only nitpick coming from the one random button at the top.

Plus it also kind of looks like Luis Suarez might have taken a bite out of the collar.

La Celeste. 🇺🇾

Presentamos el nuevo Home Kit de @Uruguay x @pumafootball #ElEquipoQueNosUne @LuisSuarez9 pic.twitter.com/tM5tFmuAl3

— PUMA Uruguay (@PUMA_Uy) May 30, 2022

13: FRANCE

We had to group France and Brazil together, because they have followed the same Nike design and there’s not a lot to separate them.

France’s classic navy look with gold accents will look very nice on the pitch but, not quite as nice as Brazil.

🎂 @jkeey4 turns 2️⃣4️⃣ years old, just a week before the World Cup!

𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆 𝗯𝗶𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝗲𝘀 🥳

#FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/5bmsuGpVtu

— French Team ⭐⭐ (@FrenchTeam) November 12, 2022

12: BRAZIL

Same as the two above, Brazil just gets football kits, although the one random button makes another appearance which does make it lose some points.

But don’t be surprised if we’re seeing this kit in seven matches as the Brazilians are expected to make a deep run.

🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷

Com gols de Richarlison (2x) e Marquinhos, #SeleçãoBrasileira vence Gana no penúltimo teste antes da @fifaworldcup_pt

Gostou torcedor? Diz aí!

⏳🏆

📸: Lucas Figueiredo/CBF pic.twitter.com/d5lHADZIjq

— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) September 23, 2022

11: SAUDI ARABIA

This one is helped out by its subtle details breaking up the plain white look.

Something just appears to be missing from the sleeves though.

🟢 Matchday 🟢

🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia 🆚 Venezuela 🇻🇪
📺⎪@ShahidVOD ➖@ssc_sports
⏱⎪ 8 : 00 pm
🏟️⎪ Estadio Nueva Condomina
🏆 | Friendly Match pic.twitter.com/BpAzkyTlK3

— Saudi National Team (@SaudiNT_EN) June 9, 2022

10: SWITZERLAND

Smooth like Swiss chocolate, the red with white trim looks good and will stand out amongst the number of red kits at this tournament.

Let’s just hope we never had to see their horrific away shirt.

Bringing back a classic, reimagined for a new era 🇨🇭

The 2022 @nati_sfv_asf Home kit, available on https://t.co/6Q5vmemNDD. pic.twitter.com/PPNgNgJLwe

— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) May 31, 2022

9: TUNISIA

It’s the detail that does it for us here, red with the print graphic across the entire shirt, you have to love it.

Big marks for Kappa here.

𝙐𝙣 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙨é 𝙝é𝙧𝙤𝙞𝙦𝙪𝙚 𝙥𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙪𝙣 𝙛𝙪𝙩𝙪𝙧 𝙜𝙡𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙪𝙭 🇹🇳 🔥​

​Découvrez les nouvelles tenues des Aigles de Carthage pour la Coupe du Monde 2022 ! ​

➡️Shoppez toute la collection @FTF_OFFICIELLE
: https://t.co/zNL5gLK5nS #Kappasport #KEEPperforming pic.twitter.com/415Kbs8JLS

— Kappa 🇫🇷 (@KappaFrance) September 29, 2022

8: AUSTRALIA

Some say that there’s only so much you can do with green and gold, but Nike have gone out on a bit of a limb with the Aussie kit and we say they’re on to something.

It’s a different style to previous cup efforts with a subtle nod to the infamous “spew kit” of the early 1990’s and we can’t wait to see it on the pitch.

When you’ve got the Socceroos spirit, you never know how far you can go.

𝙊𝙪𝙧 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙮 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙙𝙤𝙣𝙚.

Inspired by the fearless determination and fighting spirit of our national team, introducing the 2022 Australian Men’s National Team Kits.#Socceroos #GiveIt100

— Socceroos (@Socceroos) September 15, 2022

7: NETHERLANDS

The Dutch kit for the Euros was solid and they’ve gone for something a bit bold in Qatar but it works.

Nobody will miss that bright orange design and it is one of the better ones at the tournament.

Perhaps the only nitpick to apply to it, is that with that pattern, a velvet version would also probably sell quite well and not require a whole lot of chance.

🔶 𝐍𝐨𝐰 𝐥𝐨𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠… @FIFAWorldCup 💯#NothingLikeOranje pic.twitter.com/m9ZX9T6sxn

— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) November 8, 2022

6: ARGENTINA

Like any band that has been around for more than a decade, just play the hits and Argentina has met their brief here.

They’ve conquered South America, now can they conquer the world?

🏆 #Amistoso

⚽ @Argentina 🇦🇷 1 (Julián Álvarez) 🆚 #Jamaica 🇯🇲 0

⏱ 15′ ST pic.twitter.com/yQKcVGyuja

— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) September 28, 2022

5: SPAIN

Clean, simple and elegant, it just works for Spain and the amazing thing is, their away kit is even better!

Spain drop their home and away kits for the 2022 World Cup. 🇪🇸 #Spain #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/DOX4wVQOKn

— Sportskeeda Football (@skworldfootball) August 29, 2022

4: WALES

Wales are off to the World Cup for a good time, if not a long time and making their first appearance in almost 40 years, they’re coming in with a bang.

Adidas have nailed their brief and the lightning bolt design is one of the best we will see.

🔥🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿😍 pic.twitter.com/ZdetC2rHe1

— Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) September 3, 2022

3: BELGIUM

Playing into the Red Devils nickname, the Belgian kit is top notch and while some may dislike the flame graphic on the sleeve… they’re wrong.

It is excellent, now if only the players on the pitch can live up to the hype…

This fit is 🔥🔥🔥

Introducing the new @BelRedDevils World Cup Home Kit. pic.twitter.com/j3phXq7Mki

— adidas Football (@adidasfootball) September 20, 2022

2: MEXICO

The zig-zag design by Adidas produces another winner with Mexico bringing us a notable improvement on their 2018 effort.

#ConvocadosMX | GERAAAA. ⚽️🔵⚪️

🇲🇽 @Arteaga_Gera puts @KRCGenkofficial ahead in the second half over KV Mechelen. #MéxicoDeMiVida | #FMFporNuestroFútbol pic.twitter.com/XcLAEwCH0I

— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) October 28, 2022

It would have been first on the list if not for…

1: JAPAN

You can always count on Japan to deliver the goods for a major tournament and despite missing out on hosting rights for this one, they are at least winning the kit vote.

This origami inspired shirt will hold them in solid stead in any runway show.

Japan’s new origami-themed kits – to be worn by the Samurai Blue at @FIFAWorldCup and Nadeshiko Japan at next year’s @FIFAWWC – have just been announced by @adidasJP.

The Adidas shop is offering the home kit in a women’s silhouette but no design difference b/w broso and woso. pic.twitter.com/h9lYZazAlK

— Dan Orlowitz (@aishiterutokyo) August 29, 2022

Author: Bobby Gonzales