Ranked: A-League Mens kits for the 2021/22 season

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The old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” doesn’t exist here; we’re about to do some serious judging.

Seasons come and go, and with a new season comes a new criticism and appreciation for clubs unveiling new kits. After two rounds of A-League Men’s football we’ve had enough time to evaluate how they stack up against each other in action.

12 – Melbourne Victory

Mate, this kit just ain’t it. While Victory may sit top of the table, they place opposite when it comes to kit review. The most detail coming from the yellow collar and on the sleeves which I can appreciate. They adapt the traditional and unmissable ‘V’ but we’ve definitely seen better from these guys.

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11 – Macarthur FC

They say new goods, I say not so good. Just like the field at Campbelltown Stadium; it’s not the best. The matching white shirt, shorts and socks pushes it way over the line of acceptable but I will admit the gold detailing is pretty decent. Home kit definitely beats away but I can’t get past the ‘poor man’s Juventus’ vibe.

10 – Wellington Phoenix

The Nix have climbed up through the ranks from last season but that’s courtesy to their away kit. The design of their home kit is simple, neat and not awful to look at. But the away kit… It could be the lack of yellow or the design itself but this is one of the finer things we’ve seen come out of Wellington.

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9 – Central Coast Mariners 

They’ve certainly moved past the palm tree phase (let’s not forget) but in all seriousness, this kit is pretty decent for Mariners. The boxed, checked design compliments the simplicity yet elegance of this kit to tie it together. Although the away kit takes the cake if we’re comparing the two against each other.

 

8 – Brisbane Roar

Unfortunately, not a whole lot going on here for Roar, though it’s somehow an improvement from last season. The tapered off quarter stripe design along the front is really all that’s making noise. It actually pops on the away kit which is more appealing than their home kit, but then again, there’s only so much you can do with orange.

 

7 – Newcastle Jets

This kit is gold, literally. Giving us a throwback to the 2009 Jets kit but adding the pattern design along with the navy coloured detailing on the collar and sleeve. Perhaps veering away from their traditional colours and adapting a white could have freshened it up a bit though.

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6 – Perth Glory

For a club that’s celebrating their 25-years milestone, I don’t think this is the kit the fans were expecting. The striped 1996 detailing carries glory mid-table in the ranks and as for the away kit – you either love it or hate it; there’s no in between. Some say highlighter, others say chef’s kiss, but kudos to them for making the bold move of employing such a unique kit.

 

5 – Adelaide United

Adelaide have adapted their traditional red for their home kit in yet another season (which doesn’t come as a surprise) but what does is their away kit. Even if this season’s home kit is a let down compared to the last, the away kit includes design inspired by South Australia’s wine region and it looks absolutely superb.

4 – Sydney FC

Sydney seem to have redefined the meaning of sky blue as they rep this beautiful coloured sky blue for their 21/22 home kit. The away kit however embraces a crisp ombre white to blue with emphasis on their design coming through the bottom of the shirt. Sydney FC don’t miss.

3 – Western United

This may also be a controversial placing but to be fair, Western United have come through this season. They’ve adapted a less harsh green to rock a striped black and green kit with the detailed fading at the end of the shirt. Their away kit is up there, for sure one of the better kits to come from United. From the detailing under the sleeve, to the collar and the stripes in the centre they’ve really upped their game this season. This is another team whose away kit outshines the home kit.

2 – Melbourne City

Nothing but class from City as they adapt the new A-Leagues logo with gold detailing. White sleeves accompany the all over baby blue and their away kit really shows off the gold embellishments on a grey base. City’s third kit welcomes back the stripes this time embracing red detailing and two words to sum that up: 1. would 2. cop.

1 – Western Sydney Wanderers

Here we have it; the best A-Leagues kit for the 21/22 season. Wanderers understood the assignment. I’m not sure if it’s the red that’s doing it or the reinstated vintage look but this season’s kits are sensational. I’m talking home, away, third and keepers kit – pure perfection.

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Ash Ramos
Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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