The Best Football Kits From the 2021/22 Season

During the 2021/22 season, teams from across world will step out in kits inspired by everything from grass snakes and lightning bolts to historic architecture and past triumphs. As always, each kit is designed to tell a story about the club, its team and its hopes for the upcoming season.

With most leagues kicking off in just a few days, brands such as Nike, adidas and PUMA have already revealed kits for the upcoming season. Across all the designs, new details and approaches have taken center stage, whether it’s the optical illusion of Chelsea’s home kit, Manchester United’s modern art-inspired away jersey or the three different patterns of FC Barcelona’s red and blue home shirt.

On the eve of the 2021/22 season, we’ve pulled together 10 of the best kits that will be worn this year.

Paris Saint-Germain (A) – Nike

PSG fans are on an all-time high with the recent acquisition of Lionel Messi. Despite shedding the club’s iconic hechter stripe on the home kit, the away jersey returns to a familiar look, featuring the Swoosh instead of the Jumpman logo, along with a white base accented by a split pink-and-black colorway that is featured in the center stripe and the corresponding sleeve cuffs.

The inspiration for the design comes from the architecture of Paris, along with the slang term “Paname” that is used in the suburbs throughout the city. The kit also continues Nike’s promise towards sustainability by creating the kit using 100 percent recycled polyester.

Liverpool (A) – Nike

When designing Liverpool’s upcoming away kit, Nike looked to a cult classic from the club’s archive. The resulting design — which sports a “Stone White” base alongside hits of dark green and crimson red — is a nod to the jersey worn throughout the 1996/97 season, which is now widely regarded as one of Liverpool’s best ever kits.

The symbolism goes deeper than that, though. The color chosen as the base is inspired by the “Three Graces,” a trio of historic buildings that stand proudly on Liverpool’s waterfront and make up part of its famed skyline.

Olympique Lyon (A) – adidas

Olympique Lyon’s 2021/22 away jersey by adidas is, in our humble opinion, simply outstanding. Reverting away from the stealthy black away strip of 2020/21, the French side has instead opted for an all-over sleeker look in the form of a subtle red camo which dorns the entire jersey. Accompanied by navy piping and cuffs, as well as matching adidas stripes down the shoulders, the shirt is completed with contrasting white sponsors in the form of Emirates and adidas and a neat two-toned collar atop the iconic club crest.

Venezia (H) – Kappa

Venezia F.C.’s home jersey for the 2021/22 campaign is arguably this season’s standout kit. Teaming up with Italian sportswear aficionados Kappa and New York-based creative studio Fly Nowhere, the trio have drawn on traditional Venetian details and iconography to showcase a strip worthy of Serie A.

Marking Venezia F.C’s first top flight campaign in almost two decades — a rise that’s seen them go from Serie D to Serie A in just five years — the home shirt shows a printed trompe l’oeil Venetian wall texture on its black base, accompanied by pops of gold, inspired by the historical significance of the color in Venetian art.

A V-shape is formed at the heart of the jersey with the gold stars of the legendary Basilica di San Marco, as orange and green come together further up alongside accented collar and sleeves.

Mamelodi Sundowns (H) – PUMA

This unique football jersey pays homage to the natural greatness that is found across the African continent. Looking at the individual elements on the design, they depict the rivers, deserts and mountain ranges found all the way from the North right through to the South. Supporters can expect to wear a trendy jersey that stands out amongst the crowd and is a proud statement of African excellence.


The launch of this unique shirt marks the 5th year anniversary of Mamelodi Sundowns’ CAF Champions League victory; it represents the clubs ambitions to become the best football club on the continent and share our African artistry with the world

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