As always, all 32 teams that’ll feature have released new kits that’ll be on show at the World Cup.
Some are very nice while others are.... less so.
Here’s a ranking of all 32 World Cup 2022 home kits; find our ranking of the away kits by clicking here.Open in new window
Once again, Japan have absolutely nailed their kit. The Samurai Blue are often adorning distinctive attire, and are instantly recognisable when wearing these shirts. The away strip isn’t quite as nice, so hopefully Hajime Moriyasu’s team will be running out in these strips more often than not.
A close second in this contest are Mexico who are, thankfully, back in green, white and red, after wearing a weird black-pink shirt during qualification, apparently a throwback to their pre-1950s uniform. Few World Cup kits are more iconic and easily recognisable than Mexico’s and the green fade on their shirts make these an all-time classic.
Hummel only provide the kits for one team competing at this World Cup (Lithuania and Bahamas failed to qualify) and they’re using this platform to make a statement. The manufacturer have ‘toned down’ their own branding as well as the DBU’s logo as as they “don’t wish to be visible during a tournament that has cost thousands of people their lives”. This, if nothing else, creates a talking point, and acts as a constant reminder of this tournament’s backdrop. On top of this, the kit is still very nice, and Kasper Hjulmand’s team are likely to play some good stuff while wearing it.
4) Korea Republic
Classic design for Korea Republic. The bright red is very striking, and is very synonymous with this team. In truth, Nike’s kits at this tournament are not all great, but their South Korean efforts, both home and away, get top marks.
If Argentina are going to win their first World Cup since 1986, they’re going to look good doing it. This is obviously the classic sky blue and white stripes and, in fairness, it’s difficult to design a bad Argentina home jersey. But, the blue is very striking and, coupled with the Copa América champions scudetto, this effort from Adidas is extremely eye-catching.
After mixing around with the format, France are back wearing blue shirts, white shorts and red socks. As they should! This time, the blue of les Bleus’ shirts is significantly darker than usual, featuring very little design, but this strip fits the description of simple but effective.
Spain too will be donning a classic kit, reminiscent of those seen at Euro ‘96 as well as World Cup 1982 played on home soil. They’ve stuck with the dark blue shorts and socks, while the shirt is very classic, an improvement on recent editions that were not so good.
Puma’s kits for this tournament have been widely ridiculed and, in some cases, rightly so; see the away kits! But, credit where credit’s due, Morocco’s home jersey is very nice. The green trim looks good, with the vertical stripes encapsulating the FMRF’s eye-catching badge, and is a far better looking shirt than some of their recent attempts.
The best thing that can be said about Senegal’s home shirt is that is screams Senegal. The colours of their badge and national flag all feature in a Manchester United 2009/10-style V across the crest. The flag design too on the cuff and sleeves turns a plain white T-shirt into a decent shirt.
Qatar are nicknamed the Maroons and this kit is indeed maroon. There’s not much going on here from Nike, but the triangles on the cuffs, taken from the national flag, turns this shirt from ‘try harder next time’ to ‘pretty nice, good job’. Centred badges also always earn extra marks.
Uruguay were world champions in both 1930 and 1950, and this kit has a very back-in-the-day vibe about it. The white collar, featuring a little button, has a very 1930s feel too it, while Puma’s logo gets bonus points for being in gold. In short, this shirt looks similar to that worn by the team that won the World Cup 72 years ago, with Diego Alonso hoping his side will be equally as successful.
Wales’ only previous World Cup appearance came at the 1958 World Cup, and Adidas have not let the side down with this design. It’s a very simple but bold red shirt, with predominantly white trim, but a hint of green, which screams classic Wales. The FAW also redesigned the badge just three years ago, with all of this coming together to create a strip that isn’t bad at all.
This shirt may have taken 15 seconds to design, but is still pretty good. Ghana are the Black Stars and their flag is red, yellow and green. Seemingly, using just these two pieces of information, Puma have created essentially a white t-shirt featuring a gigantic black star and a colourful cuff. Ghana’s home kits are rarely outlandish, with this certainly fitting into this genre.
Nike have certainly tried something different with this Portugal kit, and what they’ve come up with is....... interesting. The diagonal half and half design is certainly something, with the green, supposedly, fading into the shorts. It’s better to try something than be boring, but this shirt is unlikely to go down as a classic, for the right reasons anyway.
Straight off the bat, Serbia’s kit should be red shirts, blue shorts and white socks. That aside, this all-red effort, with a prominent god trim, is not bad at all, just isn’t very Serbia, and could be the kit of about 100 different national teams.
Germany appearing to be attempting to answer the question, what did Ajax shirts look like in black and white? This single thick black stripe down the middle of the shirt, despite being a new design, gets marks for looking instantaneously like a Germany kit. However, there’s still something discombobulating about this design, meaning it’s unlikely to be remembered fondly, unless Germany win the whole tournament of course.
Cameroon, more than most, are famous for trying new things when it comes to kits. In 2002, they released a sleeveless, basketball jersey-style, shirt, that was latter banned by FIFA. Two years later, at the Africa Cup of Nations, they brought out a one-piece kit, where the shirt and shorts were sown together, that was once again decreed to be against IFAB regulations. This time, boldly, they’ve gone for shirt, shorts and socks as different pieces of attire. This is actually a ver nice Cameroon kit, and the fact One All Sports haven’t messed around with it means it is graded a B.
Ecuador are back at the World Cup, with a new badge and a snazzy shirt on which it’ll be displayed. Supplied by Marathon, a smaller Ecuadorian brand, they’ve gone for a very bright yellow, with navy blue shorts and socks. Right there, they lose marks for ditching the red socks that make up the classic Tricolour design.
Australia probably have one of the weakest squads at the World Cup, and they’ll also be wearing one of the blandest kits. This one seemingly took Nike not very long at all to design, with a golden/yellow shirt featuring some faint green trim. This isn’t a bad design per se, but that might be because there isn’t much design to speak of.
20) Saudi Arabia
If this shirt looks recognisable to you, well that’s probably because it’s the Newcastle United third kit. Saudi Arabia’s away kit scores highly, but this home shirt is pretty bland, most notable for the faint black symbols all across the body.
Kappa, in fairness to them, usually make outstanding kits. Think Napoli right now, Venezia shirts or Roma during the peak Francesco Totti years. However, this Tunisia home kit is extremely bland and doesn’t really deserve comment.
Nike have been Brazil’s kit suppliers since 1997 and, controversially, this has to be one of the worst they’ve ever come up with. Brazil shirts should be bright and vibrant, but this one isn’t either of these, with the attempt at a shiny effect just not coming together at all.
23) Costa Rica
New Balance will only be represented by one nation at this World Cup, so you’d have thought they’d put in a little more effort. The red and blue on this Costa Rica kit are both bright, but it looks like everyone is wearing captain’s armbands. Not a great jersey, but certainly not the worst.
Croatia’s kits are, without doubt, one of the most easily recognisable, but Nike have somehow managed to mess up this shirt. The red and white motif design comes from the Croatian checkerboard, known as šahovnica, which has been on their coat of arms for over 600 years. However, the football team’s latest shirt looks like a game of Tetris, with massive gaps and only the classic design properly featuring on the sleeves. D- for this effort Nike!
In many ways, this effort from Puma perfectly encapsulates Swiss stereotypes. Uncontroversial and unnoteworthy. The white pin-strip lines across the shoulders are defiantly something, but this certainly isn’t a shirt for the ages.
In the little précis at the top of this article, it was mentioned that all national teams have new kits for the World Cup. Well, in Canada’s case, that isn’t actually true! The Canucks worked extremely hard to be at this World Cup, playing 20 matches, thereby qualifying for the first time since Mexico ‘86. Nike, seemingly, did not see this coming, as they have not released a new kit for this tournament, Jonathan David, not happy with this, placed his hand over Nike’s logo when scoring in a friendly against Qatar in September, So, regardless of whether this shirt is nice or not, Nike did not complete the assignment in time, so get an F.
Why are Poland’s sleeves grey? Enough said, this shirt is bad.
What? Really? Is this supposed to be the kit of a team with aspirations of winning the World Cup, or a Guy Fieri shirt? The fact grown adults at Adidas sat down in a big conference room and decided to go ahead with flames on the sleeves is simply mind boggling.
I once thought it was impossible to make a bad Netherlands kit, but apparently not. With Euro 2008 as the gold standard, or in this case orange standard, this must be one of these worst Holland kits of all time. The bright orange shirts are iconic, so it’s such a shame Nike have completely ignored that and created a golden, velvet-looking shirt that doesn’t say Netherlands at all.
30) IR Iran
Iran’s shirts are made by Merooj and, while it’s always great to see less-established brands, this company need to hire some designers. Under Carlos Queiroz, Iran are not going to be played attractive football, so this shirt is fitting in that sense!
31) United States
The United States are back at the World Cup and a nation is excited. It’s just a shame that Nike came up with a template, plain white t-shirt to celebrate. The USA shirts worn in 2018-19 were 10/10, whereas this is just bland. If plain rice was a football shirt, it would be this.
Last, and very much least, what? Simply what? The sleeves on this England shirt look like some sort of toothpaste logo, and are not good at all! England have had some very drab shirts in recent times, but none are as bad as this one. This kit just screams exiting in the group stages without a victory doesn’t it?