Once not a big deal, football kits are now more important than ever. Football is now fashion, and the latest released football kits for the 2022-23 season tell us how the big clubs and their suppliers are planning on breaking new ground.
Yes, it’s ultimately all about making money (as is the way with everything in football and society nowadays), but you have to admit that seeing your club turn out in a clean-looking shirt is better than watching them struggle away in something that makes your eyes water.
So we’ve gone through and gathered all the leaked and official kits we could find to bring you an idea of what your team will be looking like next campaign, rating them based on how good they look.
Because at the end of the day the league table isn’t decided on points, it’s decided on how good your kits look. Or at least it probably should be.
Adidas have been kind to Arsenal. The home kits have been clean and stylish and the away and third kits have often been fresh and exciting.
2019-20’s bruised banana 2.0 is a testament to that, but next season seems to be a lot more basic.
We’ll get to the home kit, but let’s first look at the stunning rumoured third kit. Light pink, with a faint background of the little symbols that once adorned the old Arsenal badge like snow. Ohhhh yes.
The home kit is out officially and… it’s fine? The collar is nice but Addidas have ‘templated’ a lot of their kits this year and so loads of teams have a similar one. The announcement video is once again fire, however.
A Premier League players bowls tournament, anyone?
The Arsenal x @adidasfootball 22/23 home kit ⚡️
Giving a little back to north London ❤️
£5 from every new home shirt you buy through Arsenal Direct goes to The Arsenal Foundation 🤝 pic.twitter.com/44FdWaF9a1
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) May 19, 2022
• Arsenal’s leaked 2022/23 home kit
• Arsenal’s leaked 2022/23 away kit
• Arsenal’s leaked 2022/23 third kit
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) March 30, 2022
A takeover has finally happened for Chelsea, but if it hadn’t Chelsea fans wouldn’t have been able to buy their new kit.
But to be honest, who would want to? All three aren’t exactly lookers. A weird cream-beige choice for the third, an incredibly uninspiring home, and… well the less said about the away the better.
The home kit will have a slight pattern on it, likely identical to Liverpool’s as part of Nike’s new ‘Vaporknit’ whatever that is.
The official images of the 2022/23 Chelsea home kit are now available online… 📸 pic.twitter.com/9QNXdP5qIe
— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) June 15, 2022
Liverpool made a big deal about abandoning New Balance a couple of years ago to sign with Nike.
So has it been worth it? Well, the newly announced home kit next looks as if someone went to Sports Direct and picked up 11 basic red tops. They do look clean, and the tribute to the Hillsborough 97 always adds a nice element, but they’re not exactly inspiring.
It was a bold move to be the first to announce their kits, and the away is similarly… interesting.
Aside from the fact it looks like a child has been given some pastel-coloured crayons and has gone free reign on your freshly painted living room wall, it’s got the potential to either look fairly slick or absolutely terrible depending on the short and sock combo.
Nike sensibly chose plain black for both.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 5, 2022
Liverpool’s new away kit is ░w░a░v░y░ 🔥 pic.twitter.com/PqybExEqNz
— PFF FC (@PFF_FC) July 17, 2022
United have been given the same treatment as Arsenal this year, with the collar returning.
And that’s the only reasonably nice thing about any of these kits. The yellow one is a goalkeepers kit that’s somehow had the arms cut off, and the home kit is standard in most aspects.
The white one is the pick of the bunch, but that looks like a white shirt from Primark was the inspiration behind it and the school blazer esque shield behind the badge is just weird.
They are just basic. Totally indicative of the position the club are in real life: uninspiring. If only they made this newly released retro shirt the kit. I mean, come on.
— utdreport (@utdreport) July 8, 2022
— utdreport (@utdreport) May 14, 2022
He’s a cool dude, isn’t he pic.twitter.com/P0dBcWqzjl
— Paterson (@adampaters0n) May 20, 2022
We don’t know how they’ve done it, but Nike have somehow made two kits so Spursy it shouldn’t make sense.
The home is the same as last season’s, just with some extra bits stitched on the end of the arms, and the away… well if the attempt is to make Harry Kane feel like he’s playing for England by putting the crest in the middle then mission failed.
But the third kit… we don’t hate it. In fact, with some black shorts, it could be a looker.
🚨 NEW: Tottenham’s new 2022-23 home and away kits have been leaked online. [Footy Headlines] pic.twitter.com/j39ETzoDJ4
— The Spurs Web (@thespursweb) October 7, 2021
Leaked Home and Third, Tottenham Hotspur kits for the 22/23 season.
What are your thoughts on these potential kits?👇🏼
— The Spurs Express (@TheSpursExpress) May 2, 2022
Not sure how many bucket-hat-wearing, ‘have-you-got-a-spare-cig?’ lads at festivals we’ll be seeing in this over the summer. Foden looks like the spitting image of one.
But that’s the thing. It does feel like it’s better as a football top to wear out rather than one for the pitch.
One thing’s for certain, the collar and sleeve trims are ‘mad fer it’. And the away kit may be even better…
Man City have released their new home kit for next season 👀 pic.twitter.com/sD3B77YKY3
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) May 19, 2022
Man City’s new away kit for this season 🔴⚫️ pic.twitter.com/mwhv8S0zf9
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) July 19, 2022
Look, it’s not fair. Barcelona got themselves into financial trouble and yet somehow they’ve been able to sign players left and right. Secondly, they’ve suddenly become good at football again.
No club should be allowed to exit a banter era this quickly, as Arsenal and United fans will tell you. So it’s a good thing their away and third kits next season are horrible, and we mean horrible.
The home one is… interesting. It’s not terrible, the weird block colour that goes across the arms and collar doesn’t help. At least they’ve got Puyol in for their kit launch. That’s nice.
Survey: How would you rate Barcelona’s new home kit? pic.twitter.com/YkQxiRdqPg
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) June 3, 2022
A closer look at Barcelona’s three leaked kits for the 2022/2023 season. pic.twitter.com/3h1Or3DuXi
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 11, 2022
Madrid kits are Madrid kits. One’s white, one’s a funky colour, and one’s black almost every single year without fail.
But this year was special; it looks like they’ve decided to abandon football, and instead turn to cricket.
It’s a game much more fitting of such a regal house, to be honest, and we look forward to seeing beer snakes in the seats of the home of Madridshire County Cricket Club during this summer’s season.
The away and third look decent as well, with the black having an outline paying homage to the refurbished stadium.
The Real Madrid home kit for next season… 😍 pic.twitter.com/OIc1pOi8dc
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) May 16, 2022
Real Madrid’s away kit for 2022-23 🟣 pic.twitter.com/EJCuNyNYSW
— GOAL (@goal) July 1, 2022
🚨👕 Real Madrid’s third kit for next season is inspired by the new Bernabeu. A grey/silver graphic pattern inspired by the outside of the new stadium will round off the modern look. Adidas will use a v-collar on the Real Madrid 2022-2023 third shirt. @Footy_Headlines pic.twitter.com/9LxetDQU1q
— Infinite Madrid (@InfiniteMadrid) May 2, 2022
Atletico have decided that shithousing their way to victories on the pitch by fouling, time-wasting and (at times) just outright cheating is no longer enough: they want to give every single opposition player a headache too.
So Nike have made their iconic red and white strips wavy. It gives us a headache just looking at it, never mind the idea of someone wearing it whilst two-footing you as Diego Simeone shouts like a mad man.
Atletico dropped their home and away kits for next season 📸 pic.twitter.com/HtICnYXtmA
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 14, 2022
Bayern is German football’s representation on the world’s stage, and their kits are always symbolic of their nation: simple and classy.
They’ve gone a little bit rogue this year with the horizontal white stripes, but it’s nothing there isn’t precedent for. The away shirt will supposedly be plain white with gold accents, another style worthy of being worn by the champions of Germany.
They’re tops that somehow scream: ‘My country has cheap trains that run on time.’
It’s been officially announced, and for some reason, the Bayern players refused to look directly at the camera. Do they even know that pictures are being taken of them?
🇩🇪 Bayern Munich’s new home kit has been unveiled. 🔴 pic.twitter.com/t4wkJNramX
— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) May 5, 2022
— Matchday (@matchdaytwts) July 17, 2022
We’re not sure about this one.
From the uneven stripes making way for the sponsor to the slight pattern on them and even the way the Puma badge is imposed on top, this kit is just simply not up to their usual standards.
Still, our Jude Bellingham looks as good as ever.
Borussia Dortmund’s new home kit ⚫️🟡
— GOAL (@goal) May 13, 2022
The Rossoneri’s kits for next season are now coming out, and the home shirt is simple and classic… until you get to the sleeves.
They just don’t fit with the kit at all, and then you start noticing other things. Why do the stripes just stop before they hit the top or bottom? And why are there only four of them?
They look like jail bars.
❗ OFFICIAL: #ACMilan‘s home kit for the 2022/23 season 🔴⚫
🤔 How would you rate it, on a scale of 1-10? pic.twitter.com/A85RGbrGDi
— SempreMilan 🏆 (@SempreMilanCom) July 4, 2022
Juventus’ home kits are never going to be a surprise. They will always be a variation on Notts County’s black and white stripes, the two clubs basically identical except for the fact that one plays in Turin rather than Nottingham.
The black stripes are made up of a bunch of triangles for the 2022-23 season, which gives the shirt a slightly different flavour but nothing that’s too outrageous. It’s one of those that the more you stare at, the better it gets.
That is until you realise the sponsorship has lightning bolts on it. At the very least they’ve got rid of the horrible ‘4xe’ logo that plagued their shirts this campaign.
Oh, and by the way check out this Juventus fourth kit, potentially the worse worn by anyone ever. Mamma mia.
Novo kit da Juventus para a nova temporada 🔵 pic.twitter.com/i3KEmzuIZe
— @Siillvanno Siillvva (@siillvanno) May 13, 2022
— Forza Juventus (@ForzaJuveEN) April 11, 2022
Over the last few seasons, Inter have built up a bit of a reputation as one of the clubs with consistently some of the best clobber in Europe. Their kits have often been designed together in a sort of ‘series’, all sharing similar themes and ideas.
It’s therefore a bit of shame they’ve bottled it for 2022-23. It’s pretty clear they’re trying to capture the same vibe as some of their kits of the past, but the horizontal stripe along the high chest and arms just makes it look weird.
And let’s not get started on the sponsor. Whatever sort of crypto-NFT bollocks ‘digitalbits’ is, it should be sent to hell for replacing Pirelli.
Official images of the #Inter 2022-23 home kit have been leaked.
What are your thoughts? ⤵️ ⚫️🔵
— Inter Xtra (@Inter_Xtra) July 2, 2022
Next, it’s the fashion brand that plays football part-time.
They obviously listened to the protests of PSG fans at the fact that the 2021-22 home kit got rid of the iconic Hetcher stripe that runs down the middle. But they decided to bring it back in a manner that will make them wish they never complained. Yuck.
We’ll give them a pass for the understated beauty of their away kit though.
PSG drop their 2022-23 home kit featuring new sleeve partner GOAT 📸 pic.twitter.com/WitemxSuDf
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 29, 2022
PSG drop their away kit for 2022-23 ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/3X668TYsyz
— GOAL (@goal) July 19, 2022
Lille’s new home kit has Cazoo on the sponsor, and don’t ask us how but the kit looks like a used car shop as well.
Lille release their new home kit 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/0Ia3NCCQ55
— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 4, 2022
Marseille is a real moshpit of a city but their football club will be turning out in two classy kits in 2022-23.
Shirt Alert: Puma have released Marseille’s new home and away kits
What do you think? pic.twitter.com/F9v4HHZp2X
— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) June 15, 2020
Lyon took the unusual step of releasing their fourth kit first.
The physical-looking pattern on the kit gives it an extra layer that we think takes it just over the requirements for a customary ‘nice’ when seeing it for the first time. It certainly follows that thin line between chaotic and acceptable however.
💙❤️ This new Lyon kit is lush. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/9tUXC2dVPy
— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) April 29, 2022
This away kit has the potential to be tidy, with the focus clearly to shift attention to the brilliant collar.
If there aren’t socks produced with that pattern, they’re missing a trick.
— TheKitsbaia (@thekitsbaia) July 5, 2022
The first real pictures of the Ajax ’22/’23 away kit have surfaced, and it looks exactly like the renders we shared earlier.
— All About Ajax (@AllAboutAjax) May 2, 2022
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