Umbro Ireland is to return as the official kit supplier to the Republic of Ireland national football teams replacing New Balance who have provided the kit since 2017.
The kit will be worn for the first time by the Senior Men’s team against England at Wembley and by the Senior Women’s team in their Euro 2022 Qualification decider against Germany next month.
The kit will be supplied through the Umbro’s Irish licensee JACC Sports Distributors, led by Johnathan Courtenay.
As part of the new deal, Umbro Ireland has introduced a bespoke Women’s range for the first time. It will supply the national teams – men’s and women’s – from senior through to all underage levels with kit, training apparel and equipment.
Ireland will join a host of global sporting teams wearing Umbro kits, including Burnley, Brentford, Bournemouth, West Ham United, Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk FC, Schalk 04 in Germany and Santos in Brazil.
Even though it did not carry the double diamond logo, the kit that England wore to win the World Cup in 1966, voted the most iconic of all time in a poll last year, was also manufactured by Umbro.
“We are delighted to bring the world-famous Umbro double diamond logo back to the Irish national team shirts,” said Courtenay.
“Umbro and the FAI have such a storied history in both the 1960s and then again between 1994 and 2017. Ireland boast some of the most passionate and loyal supporters in the world and we look forward to creating new product that the players and fans alike will be proud to wear.”
“We are also excited to be introducing bespoke women’s kits for the first time and we wish Vera Pauw’s team all the best in their upcoming European Championship fixture against Germany. All of the new kit for both men and women can be purchased from faishop.com and Intersport Elverys from November 5th.”
“It’s a great step forward that we have our own women’s fit and women’s range for the Ireland teams,” said Ireland and Peamount United star Áine O’Gorman.
“It’s a different look to the men’s kit and hopefully we can do the business in it.”
“I really like this kit,” added Shane Duffy. “It’s a little throwback to the past and I can’t wait to get it on. The new away kit is inspired by the 30th anniversary of Italia ’90 and the aim now is to make our own moments and create memories for us.”
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