The FA announced today (Sept 3rd 2012) that Nike will supply kits for the England team from Spring 2013. This brings an end to England’s long association with Umbro and will no doubt be controversial among England’s more traditional fans that liked the association with Umbro and, on the whole, liked the kits Umbro produced over the years. Here is how the new deal was announced on the official FA website – www.theFA.com.
FA announce new Nike deal
An exciting new kit supply partnership with Nike has been unveiled
The Football Association has announced an exciting new partnership with Nike that will see them create kits for every England team. The world’s leading sportswear firm will design and make the clothing for our men and women’s sides at every level. England’s first kits to bear the Nike Swoosh will be launched in Spring next year, as The FA marks its 150th anniversary and the agreement runs until 31 July 2018. The deal represents a substantial investment, which will be reinvested by The FA back into the game across all levels, from the Senior team to grassroots. The partnership includes the following elements:
Supplying kit and match-balls to all of Club England’s 24 football teams at every level, including the men’s national teams, women’s, Futsal, disability and amateur.
Sponsorship and support of St. George’s Park, the home of the National Football Centre in Burton-upon-Trent, which in addition to hosting the England Senior team will train and develop a generation of coaches, referees and medical staff every year.
Supporting partner of Wembley Stadium, the home of English football.
Supporting partner for The FA Cup, supplying match balls for every round of the world’s most famous cup competition.
Supply of product to County FAs.
FA General Secretary Alex Horne said: “I am delighted that The FA has secured this new wide-ranging and comprehensive partnership with Nike. “It is an extremely exciting time for both parties with the opening of St. George’s Park this year and The FA’s 150th anniversary in 2013. “I would also like to place on record our gratitude to Umbro and their significant contribution to the game, The FA and England teams, over a 60-year period.” Nike Brand President Charlie Denson added: “The pride and passion of England fans is renowned throughout the football world and we are delighted to partner with The FA. “We look forward to supporting England teams at every level with innovative product technology and playing our part to help develop the future of English football through our support of St. George’s Park.”