The United States and Canada are just two of the nations that Nike have unveiled new home and away jerseys ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup this coming summer.
The North American pair will be among the favourites to go far in the tournament, with the USWNT back-to-back reigning champions with a new generation of talented players, and the CanWNT the current Olympic champions from 2021.
For the United States, the abstract expressionism art movement that began in New York in the 1940s is the basis of inspiration for the new threads.
The white primary jersey features a drip-paint effect, serving to highlight the energy of the women’s national team. The blue secondary shirt, meanwhile, has a bespoke stars and stripes graphic print.
The Canada home jersey focuses on a bold evolution of the iconic geometric maple leaf design. Black accents and detail are brought into the design, with black shorts to be used rather than red shorts. The change kit is a much simpler design using the red and white of the national flag.
Any one of a number of countries could lift the Women’s World Cup trophy in 2023.
The United States will always be among the favourites owing to their history at the tournament, both recent and historic, and have produced a new generation of outstanding talent as many veterans of the 2015 and 2019 campaign retire or step away.
England, as reigning champions of Europe after last summer’s Euro 2022, now have the belief that they can win major tournaments after previously falling at semi-final hurdles. There will also be eyes on the likes of France, Germany and Sweden from Europe.
Canada have never reached the final of a World Cup but showed their international merit in 2021 with a gold medal at the Olympics. This could also be the last chance on the global stage for legendary top scorer Christine Sinclair, who will turn 40 in June.
Australia should also not be underestimated, especially on home soil. The Matildas are yet to really make their mark on the World Cup stage but have a number of world class players ready to go.