LUCAS NEILL...models the new look gear
THE NEW Socceroos home kit launched today with Australia set to wear it for the first time in their blockbuster World Cup qualifier with rivals Japan on June 12 in Brisbane.
Nike describes the new kit as reflective of an innovative and modern design that enhances breathability, movement and overall performance.
Like the new blue away kit – which was launched in late February against Saudi Arabia in the World Cup qualifier at AAMI Park - the fabric of the kit’s shorts is made with 100% recycled polyester, whilst the fabric of the jersey is made of 96% recycled polyester, with each kit using an average of 13 recycled plastic bottles, say Nike.
Embedded with Nike Dri-FIT technology, the kits help to regulate players’ temperatures on the pitch to keep them dry and cool.
Laser-cut ventilation on the jersey also promotes localised cooling to ensure maximum performance.
These new home kits are Nike’s lightest ever global football kits, say the company, and are almost 23% lighter than the version four years ago.
Fans can purchase the new Socceroos National Home Team kits at Rebel Sport, football specialty stores, selected Nike stores, online at nikestore.com.au and from the Football Federation Australia Official Merchandise online store atshop.footballaustralia.com.au from April 19.
FourFourTwo Australia is set to speak with Socceroo stars later today to glean their thoughts on a kit that will hopefully take the green and gold to a third consecutive World Cup appearance.