Ranked: A-League away kits for the 2020/21 season

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You asked, we delivered. Backing up from our recent 2020/21 home kit rankings, we now present to you the away shirt edition.

Read on as two dark horses emerge from the shadows to battle it out for top spot.

12. Adelaide United

It’s not you Adelaide, it’s me. I really don’t like yellow, and there is just way too much of it here for me. If they were wearing matching caps, I’d happily follow their instructions to swim between the flags down Glenelg way.

 

11. Brisbane Roar

There is a really nice diamond pattern on this shirt that should have it further up the list. The problem? You can barely see it! In saying that, this is still quite a nice shirt, and the fact that it ranks so low goes to show the quality of A-League away kits this season.

 

10. Newcastle Jets

Let me clarify, I do not have a vendetta against Inspirations Paint – their support for the Jets through this difficult period is to be applauded. But the green and pink of their logo does not marry up with the gold and blue of this Jets kit. I actually rate the pinstripes, although it is hard to judge as we have not seen this shirt in action yet.

 

9. Sydney FC

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Serves the purpose of an away kit, but that’s about it. Missing that special something to make it a bit more eye-catching.

 

8. Perth Glory

I’m sorry to put you so low, Perth Glory. Your support of our home kit ranking was incredible, and I hope this doesn’t change things between us. This is still a solid away shirt though, and the purple-and-gold collar is a beautiful touch.

 

7. Central Coast Mariners

Umbro have done a top job on the Mariners kits this season, and this one is an absolute beaut. A striking blue design, which cruelly misses out on the top six of this list.

 

6. Western Sydney Wanderers

The Wanderers have an excellent apparel range this season, headlined by their “crisp” away kit. The button-up collar and touches of red and black make for a very fashionable design.

 

5. Macarthur FC

Newcomers Macarthur might just have the best colour scheme in the A-League. The charcoal and gold on this away kit look gorgeous together, and the integration of the Wisdom Homes sponsor is seamless. May have ranked higher if it didn’t immediately bring back memories of cowbells shrieking in my ear.

 

4. Melbourne Victory

Remember when Melbourne Victory had a fluorescent green away kit? Thank god they left that behind. After some questionable away shirts in the past, the Victory have really hit the nail on the head with this one. Looks sharp and modern, but stays true to the club’s identity. And featuring the streets of Melbourne on the jersey itself? Schmick.

 

3. Melbourne City

This shirt divides opinion but I, for one, love it. Previously, City have had an awkward time trying to establish their new identity while paying respect to their Melbourne Heart past. Here, they have found the perfect middle ground. With a bold, fading red and black pattern, it’s a nice nod to the past with an eye for the future.

 

2. Western United

Western United’s inaugural away kit was a swing and miss, but this one is a home run. Predominantly white with bright green panels, it is simple but oh so effective, and would make a great home kit if you ask me. It pains me not to have it at number one, but take solace in the fact it misses out only to the most worthy of winners.

 

1. Wellington Phoenix

Yes. A thousand times yes. It was love at first sight from the moment I laid my eyes on this glorious Wellington Phoenix away kit. The teal and navy blue colour scheme is both stunning and wholesome, inspired by Maōri culture and a team bonding session. In fact, the Nix are the only club to stray away from their traditional colours for their away kit this season, and the move has proven a masterstroke.

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Jye Campbell
Journalism student at Western Sydney. Love my football (#lazoumance) and rugby league (#pantherpride). Advocate for FIFA Career Modes. Covering Western Sydney Wanderers in both A-League and W-League for the 2020/21 season.

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