As we head into the final weeks of the 2018/19 campaign football club commercial departments are working overtime to try and prepare for next season.
The big item on every fan’s wish list is usually the new kit their side will be wearing in 2019/20.
Kit manufacturers will already have the shirts designed and ready to go, and it will be down to the clubs to draw up their press releases, organise photo shoots showing off the new garb and throw open the doors to the merchandise store.
But there’s no need to wait that long for a sneak peek of what they’ve come up with. With so much anticipation surrounding new kits at this time of year, it is no surprise some of the shirts are already out in the public domain – either by design or due to leaks.
Read on for a round-up of what’s been confirmed by clubs, along with some of the more credible ‘leaks’.
It’s back to the future for Arsenal who have signed a five-year partnership with German manufacturer Adidas worth £300m after five seasons donning the kit of their rivals Puma.
Arsenal's new 2019/20 home and away kits. 😍
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— football.london (@Football_LDN) May 22, 2019
The first designs sport a neat throwback. Arsenal’s home shirt features a v-neck collar whilst the away shirt has taken inspiration from their infamous ‘bruised banana’ shirt of the early 90s.
The new Chelsea kit was confirmed on Thursday and Nike say their theme for the 2019/20 edition is Stamford Bridge, the west London club’s home ground for nearly 115 years.
How have they gone about expressing this theme? Well, it seems, by giving stadium blueprints the Kandinsky treatment to create a pattern liable to stir painful memories of Megabus trips in match-goers.
Chelsea’s new home kit literally looks like a bus seat🤢 pic.twitter.com/bOM1pEP6iC
— Allez AFC (@allezarsenal) April 28, 2019
Or, in their own words: “The Bridge is the focal point of the design process and Nike’s team captured images from inside the stadium which would eventually merge and become the overall aesthetic.
“Inside the shirt, a Lion borrowed from the club crest is featured with the ‘PRIDE OF LONDON’ written around it, symbolizing the Blues mantra and what they represent.”
Manufacturer: New Balance
Liverpool, whether champions or not, will be decked out in style next season thanks to a cool retro home kit design.
Said design was dreamed up by Boston-based sportswear company New Balance – though for how long they’ll be making them is unclear amid persisting Nike rumours – takes the form throwback look with tributes to legendary Reds boss Bob Paisley adorned throughout.
It is the 100-year anniversary of the birth of the most successful manager in terms of honours across Liverpool’s history; Paisley won 13 major trophies during his time in charge at Anfield, including three European Cups.
The white pinstripes hark back to the 1982/83 season, in which Liverpool won the double and the controversial collar from last season has been replaced by a more traditional neckline.
— TheKitman.co.uk (@TheKitmanUK) April 18, 2019
The 2016 Premier League champions have seen images of their new Adidas kit ‘leaked’ on the internet.
If accurate, the new design will include a more prevalent sponsor logo with a bolder, brighter font. Elsewhere, the new pink third kit is bound to raise some eyebrows.
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The home-kit design appears simple but crisp, with three stripes upon the shoulder and a standard neckline while the away kit is black with a V-neck. The pink third strip has dark navy stripes on the shoulder and, beyond from the colour, follows the same design as the home version.
According to sportswear sleuths Footy Headlines, Sports Direct screwed the pooch and uploaded images of next season’s home kit prematurely.
The so-called leak drops a bit of a bombshell in terms of the radical new club crest design upon United’s 2019/20 home shirt (which pays homage to their 1999 treble winners), rendered in gold upon a black background. White shorts and blacks socks complete the supposed strip.
— Rocky_cade (@cade_rocky) May 16, 2019
Elsewhere, Manchester United will be back in black for the first time in three seasons with a new-look third kit. The design is simple and the pink trim that appeared on the 2015 version has been replaced by something closer to orange.
Chevrolet have their logo in the centre and the Adidas crest and United badge appear orange just above. This one is not flashy but that could be one of its strengths.
Manufacturer: Under Armour
Southampton will be hoping next season will not be a struggle. One thing for certain is they’ll be playing in their iconic red and white stripes. However, this latest vintage has not gone down too well.
Introducing #SaintsFC’s new kits for 2019/20! 😍
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) May 17, 2019
At least the revelation video, a satirical take on Fyre Festival, was greeted with some enthusiasm. Then again it probably was a harbinger of things to come.
Another entry courtesy of Footy Headlines, who claim to have had it confirmed that the Watford home kit pictured above will be worn by the FA Cup finalists next season.
The new look sees Adidas producing a half and half black and yellow design with black shorts and yellow socks. The traditional Watford red appears in the logo and the striped trim on both the shirt sleeves and the side of the shorts.
The socks also have three red hoops at the top making this pleasing for both the traditionalist and those wanting a new look ahead of 2019/20.
Looking good, lads.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 12, 2019
Palace revealed their new kit ahead of a thrilling 5-3 victory over Bournemouth on the final day of the season.
The shirt has retained the famous red and blue stripes that every Palace fan loves, while new features include a white collar, trim and faded pin-stripe.
White replaces yellow as the third colour on the kit – following a 10-year hiatus – and completes a very tidy design.
Sleek and smooth, with a far nicer collar than the clumsy one featured on the 2018/19 edition, Bournemouth’s 2019/20 home kit is a great effort from Umbro.
Our main concern, as ever with Umbro, is whether or not this just turns out to be a stock design across the board for the other clubs they manufacture for but, for now, Cherries fans can be very pleased with an effort the club describe as ‘offering a modern twist on the Cherries’ classic striped style’.