Canada 2022 World Cup Soccer Jersey: Why Les Rouges Will Wear Old Kits In Qatar Due To Nike’s Unorthodox Deal

Canada fans, who are preparing for their country’s first World Cup since 1986, were hoping their team would have a new look for the big tournament when it starts in Qatar.

They were disappointed.

Sadly, Nike crushed that hope with an announcement that left many Les Rouges fans unsatisfied with their national team and the kit maker.

Canada will continue to wear the same kits as last year, without wearing a new look – as most other countries do – especially for football’s biggest competition.

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Canada World Cup 2022 Kit

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Nike released all of their World Cup kits at once on September 15, and in their official release there was a disappointing paragraph for fans in Canada that left them reeling.

Canada’s 2022 uniform will be the same as the team used last year as Canada Soccer is in a different cycle of uniform development. The kits are highlighted by Canada’s traditional red and white color scheme and are accented by the Canadian football crest, with the maple leaf, the country’s most recognizable symbol.

– Nike statement on Canada’s World Cup kit.

Canada’s uniforms are clean enough, but they don’t exactly inspire enthusiasm for the team’s first World Cup appearance in 36 years. For starters, they are a single color with just numbers on the front and a Canada Soccer logo on top.

Why doesn’t Canada have a new World Cup kit?

It was unclear in Nike’s statement exactly why Canada would not be getting a new kit for the World Cup, other than the mention that Canada Soccer is in “a different cycle of kit development”.

Canada Soccer is used to receiving criticism about agreements signed in recent years. The national federation received criticism from players for its collective bargaining agreement, which led to a player strike in autumn 2021.

And the players have already expressed themselves on the topic of shirts.

“I’m not a fan of that, to be honest,” Canadian defender Sam Adekugbe told The Athletic. “I feel like every team should get a new kit for the World Cup because it’s a symbolic event. I don’t hate it, but I wish I had bought a new kit, just because it’s something to appreciate.”

Still, if Canada can go all the way and put on a serious run in the knockout stages to support their excellent qualifying campaign, maybe what they’re wearing won’t matter so much after all.

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