Review of Canada’s 2014 Home Kit From Umbro
Last week, Canada’s national team released their latest home kit, which coincided with the Canada’s Women’s National Team friendly against Germany at BC Place in Vancouver.
The jersey, made by British sportswear supplier Umbro, will be worn by all Canadian national soccer teams this year.
Declaring itself as “Canada’s national teams’ new dress code,” the kit is available on the Canada Soccer online store and at better soccer speciality and sporting goods stores across Canada.
Continuing their focus on performance, Canada Soccer have made this jersey from 100% spun polyester for comfort and moisture management. According to the press release, the jersey has “displaced side seams and an under arm panel for added comfort and performance,” with the feature of laser-cut eyelets, designed for extra ‘breathability’.
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The jersey has a horizontal sublimated color pattern that provide subtle contrast and interesting visual detail.
The shirt is completely red, save for the Canada Soccer Association’s logo, Umbro’s iconic double-diamond, and the trim on the edge of the collar, all of which are white.
Typifying a proud national spirit, the jersey includes a number of unique design features for Canada’s national teams. A back neck Canadian flag has been added, as has a maple leaf in the aforementioned laser-cut eyelets.
For this kit, Umbro designed an all-new serif-type font for the players’ names, which are in white. The numbers on the back and front of the jersey are simple and bold, giving an understated yet confident feel to the strip.
The shorts and socks are red, with white trim and details.
All in all, this is an attractive and wearable kit, without being dazzling. Critics may complain that it’s too simplistic, and the design might be slightly out-dated. But while Umbro have faded from the front-line of kit design in recent years, they’ve done a serviceable job with this new Canadian offering.
While designed for maximum on-pitch performance, this jersey is likely to be as popular with fans as it is with players.