As we head closer and closer to the 2019/20 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 which home kits (and a few away kits) have 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.
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.
Fans can be very pleased with an effort the club describe as ‘offering a modern twist on the Cherries’ classic striped style’.
Brighton & Hove Albion
👕 Get your hands on Albion's new home kit at the Club Superstore from 9am tomorrow morning…
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) May 29, 2019
According to Brighton’s official website, Nike’s effort for their 2019/20 hit is a “distorted take on Albion’s traditional blue and white stripes.”
The shirt features a gold Nike swish and, all in all, is a very classy garment.
The Seagulls’ away kit is black and features a white tonal crest, while the club have saved their fans a bit of money by using their 2018/19 away kit as their third strip next season.
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) July 1, 2019
Burnley’s new home kit is sleek, very easy on the eye and the rounded off collar gives it something of a retro feel, harking back to the 1960s.
Another brilliant effort from Umbro, who have really upped their game.
When the new Chelsea kit was, Nike said their theme for the 2019/20 edition was 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.”
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 2018/19 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.
🔵 | How the Archibald Leitch steelwork synonymous with Goodison Park became immortalised in fabric.
— Everton (@Everton) July 4, 2019
Umbro kept Everton fans waiting for an age but they finally dropped their new home kit for the 2019/20 season in early July.
The traditionally royal blue kit features a pattern on the chest inspired by the iconic Archibald Leitch truss design which runs across the Bullens Road stand at Goodison Park. The shorts and socks retain Everton’s traditional colours of blue and white.
And, thankfully, Umbro seem to have gone for a more unique style across their range of kits this season, meaning each club’s strip will have its own design.
The 2016 Premier League champions’ new design includes 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 the colour, follows the same design as the home version.
Manufacturer: New Balance
Liverpool 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, and takes the form of throwback look with tributes to legendary Reds boss Bob Paisley adorned throughout. For how long New Balance be making Liverpool kits is unclear amid persisting Nike rumours
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.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 1, 2019
Making their Manchester City debut, Puma have certainly torn up the rulebook when it comes to making kits.
The Citizens’ home kit features their traditional sky blue base, with purple strips running down the arms, while the away kit is inspired by the “legendary nightclub, Hacienda.”
It’s a little out there, but the fans seem to like it…
that Away shirt is 🙌🏽
— MARCUS GOMES (@MarcusGomesFIFA) July 1, 2019
The away kit is fire🔥🔥
— James Brown (@JamesBr52988642) July 1, 2019
According to sportswear sleuths Footy Headlines, Sports Direct screwed the pooch and uploaded images of next season’s home kit prematurely, so when United finally did announce it, there were no real surprises.
The kit itself was a bit of a bombshell, paying homage to their 1999 treble winners and featuring a radical new club crest, rendered in gold upon a black background. White shorts and blacks socks complete the 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.
⚫️⚪️ Our new 2019/20 home kit.
Inspired by the heroes of 1969.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 19, 2019
Inspired by their 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup-winning team, Newcastle United have announced a really nice, simplistic design featuring fewer strips than usual.
Unfortunately, the kit was released amid the storm of Rafa Benitez leaving St James’ Park and, later, Ayoze Perez being sold to Leicester City, with Magpies’ fans fuming with the timing of the reveal.
💯 Official: Tottenham Hotspur 19-20 Home Kit Leaked: https://t.co/Ss9wJeCxbC
— Footy Headlines (@Footy_Headlines) July 3, 2019
After their gradient design last season, which featured all the way into the Champions League final, Puma have gone for a much more simplistic look for Spurs’ 2019/20 home kit.
Simplistic doesn’t mean bland, though, and this one is still a nice kit to look at.
Manufacturer: Under Armour
Southampton will be looking to improve on their struggles of last season going into 2019/20. 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.
West Ham United
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) June 13, 2019
West Ham’s new home kit is inspired by the club’s 1980 FA Cup-winning strip and is certainly a far cry to what they’ve recently worn.
The away strip, meanwhile, is a very sleek, white design, with claret features on the collar and sleeves. The away kit wins out between these two, in our opinion at least, but Hammers fans will undoubtedly love seeing Pablo Fornals in both.