2019 Fifa Women's World Cup kits ranked: the 10 best
We take a look at the fashion hits for this year's tournament in France
10th: South Africa away – Green, like yellow, is a tricky colour to make exciting and wearable on the pitch. Remember the old adage that you should never buy a green car? Well, the same could be said about shirts, except Nike have done a decent job here with these horizontal stripes. Looks a bit "fields seen from space on Google Maps" but is far better than plain green. Courtesy Nike
9th: China away – Background patterns have been all the rage for Nike over the past year, and they have come up with a special one for the 2019 Fifa Women's World Cup. The grey and orange feel quite, well, Dutch but the combination works nicely, and Dutch kits have always looked good. Courtesy Nike
8th: Australia home – Could come in for some criticism here but why shouldn’t a yellow kit have what looks like a tub of multi-coloured paint thrown over it? Nike have had a real go at this one rather than just leave it largely yellow, like Brazil kits of years gone by. Ten out of 10 for effort if not for artistic result. Getty Images
7th: Norway away - More Ralph Lauren or Gant than Nike. You might get away with this on board a yacht as long as you match it with a good pair of deck shoes. Courtesy Nike
6th: Brazil away - Nike have had a tough time trying to vary the Brazil kits over the years, but this one is an absolute treat. The blue is beautiful, the pattern majestic. Reminds me of a constellation, and if you look hard enough you can see the circular wedge holders from the Trivial Pursuit board game. Courtesy Nike
5th: Norway home - The red into blue feels like one of those endless evenings where the sun refuses to go down before day finally turns into night. Smart. Getty Image
4th: Netherlands away – This is like a work of art which, if you stare too long might make you dizzy, but with such a beautiful colour transition you could hang it on your wall at home and find visitors staring into it for eternity. Courtesy Nike
3rd: France away - Polkadots on a football shirt, I mean wow! Nike must make a men’s version of this kit. Even the socks have polkadots on them too. Smart, traditional, yet original. Courtesy Nike
2nd: Germany home - Adidas has really taken on board the appeal of their classic 1990s World Cup kit, which still looks great to this day. This more modern take keeps the theme alive and is a worthy runner-up. Getty Images
1st: Jamaica away – this is a love-it-or-hate-it effort from Umbro, and I’m falling firmly on the side of loving it. Umbro feels very much retro after its domination of the kit scene in the 1990s, and this is jazzy, fun and captures the spirit of a nation – perfect for a World Cup. You could wear it in your lounge, on the beach or even at a disco and really liven up the place. Courtesy Umbro
The men's version of the Jamaica away kit. Courtesy Umbro
Will there come a time when the inspiration for new football kit designs dries up and we are just left with plain kits?
If we are to face such a problem, there's certainly no sign of it yet. Just take a look at this year's 2019 Fifa Women's World Cup kits to see how the creativity is flowing at manufacturers such as Nike and Adidas.
And then there's old-school favourite Umbro, which has come up with a design that would grace any era.
They might not be to everyone's taste, but the important thing here is that they are mostly trying to keep the kits interesting rather than rolling out changes from previous years.
You can see our 10 favourites in the slideshow at the top of the page.
The World Cup is now under way in France, and runs through to July 7 with the final in Lyon.
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Updated: June 9, 2019 04:09 PM