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Why Serie A have banned green kits from 2022/23, and the implications for Sassuolo

By Ben Green

Published: 16:57, 19 July 2021

In a move to improve the quality of television viewing, Serie A have banned clubs from using green kits for the 2022/23 season and beyond.

The decision follows a concern from television broadcasters that green-coloured kits can often clash with the grass on the pitch, making the viewing experience less than optimal.

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Clubs are still allowed to use green in their kits for future designs, but not as the dominant colour, with the new rule also affecting shorts and socks. It should also be noted that Lega Serie A’s new specifications will not impact goalkeepers, just the jerseys of outfield players.

The rule change mainly applies to away and third kits, with Lazio wearing a completely neon green away kit last season, while Atalanta donned a ‘Christmas’ inspired green kit to see out 2019 in December two years ago. 

Perhaps one of the most famous examples of an all-green kit in the Italian top flight is Juventus’ verdant third shirt for the 2014/15 season, in which Massimiliano Allegri’s men won the Scudetto and reached the Champions League final.

That squad included the likes of Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Arturo Vidal, Carlos Tevez, Kingsley Coman, Giorgio Chiellini, Patrice Evra and Andrea Barzagli, while the kit was notably worn in the group-stage match against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.

There have been some concerns that Sassuolo — who boast Euro 2020 heroes Manuel Locatelli and Domenico Berardi — would be affected by the decision, with the brilliantly nicknamed Watermelon Peel playing predominantly in a black and green kit, but Calcio and Finanza have confirmed they will be exempt from the rule.

Recently-promoted Venezia, aptly nicknamed The Orange-Black-Greens, have returned to the top flight after a 19-year absence, and they too will be exempt from making drastic changes to their kit in order to meet the new standards for the season after next.