The 2015-16 Braclays Premier League season starts August 8. We ranked the kits for every soccer team in the premiership.
The 2015-16 Barclays Premier League season kicks off on Saturday. Highlight matches include defending champion Chelsea opening their season against Swansea City, and Manchester United facing Tottenham.
It will also be the first time that fans get to see their team’s new kits in meaningful games. Unlike American sports, where teams rarely change their uniforms (and when they do the tweaks are usually minor), in the Premier League teams unveil new unis each season. It’s a clever bit of marketing, to be sure, getting fans to buy something new each season, but it’s also a chance to show off new looks and honor the past. So it was only right that we rank the home kits for all 20 Premier League team this season.
20. NORWICH CITY
The color-blocking on the Canaries’ kits looks like it belongs on a rugby jersey more than a soccer one. It doesn’t help that the background on the sponsor logo is yellow, which when it overlaps the green portion of the jersey, throws the proportions out of whack.
In certain instances, gradient stripes on a jersey can work. But in Watford’s case the gradient goes the wrong way. The effect of progressing from thinner to thicker stripes is that even the skinniest players look fat in this kit.
The Magpies have the benefit of a solid color palette, but their 2015-16 kit has too many stripes going in too many different directions. If Newcastle had stuck with black-and-white stripes and blue trim, they’d rank higher. But the diagonal blue stripes on top of the black ones drag it down.
For whatever reason three of the four Premier League teams that start with “S"—Southampton, Sunderland, and Stoke City—all have kits with thick red and white stripes. Southampton’s is the least exciting of the bunch.
The Black Cats added—wait for it—black details on the collar, sleeves, and hem to help their kits stand out from the other red-and-white stripers.
15. STOKE CITY
This is the first year that New Balance has made Stoke City’s uniforms and they put forth the best red-and-white striped kit in the Premiership. The white triangular notch in the collar is a nice touch, as is the way that the stripe thickness is maintained through the sleeves.
14. WEST BROMWICH
There isn’t much too hate on about these jerseys, but there also isn’t much to get psyched about. Aside from the cool checkerboard trim at the waist, West Brom’s jerseys for this season are just meh.
Normally Umbro makes some of the best jerseys in the Premiership but the home kits for Everton miss the mark. What’s up with that collar? Is it a V-neck or a crewneck? These are questions you should never have to ask yourself when looking at a soccer jersey. Fortunately, Everton’s away uniforms, with their white and gray palette, more than make up for it.
This is Bournemouth’s first ever season in the top league. At first the all-black shoulders on the kits bugged me because they seemed too similar to an American football jersey. But the more I looked at it, the more it grew on me. And the red-and-black stripes have an intimidating feel.
11. CRYSTAL PALACE
Yes, Crystal Palace’s jerseys bear a more than passing resemblance to FC Barcelona’s. But Barca has consistently worn some of the sharpest uniforms in soccer so it’s hard to argue with another team biting its style.
The sash is a bold move, but that’s what Under Armour is all about. Tottenham is the only team that UA outfits and they weren’t going to pull any punches. The gradient on the stripes is nice, but it would have been better if the sash carried over the shoulders as well.
9. LEICESTER CITY
Leicester City is returning to the Premier League in 2015-16 and the team is doing it in style. Their new kits are an example of how less is more. The bold blue is nicely accented by a hint of white in the collar and the gold of the Puma logo.
8. MANCHESTER UNITED
Following a 13-year run with Nike, Adidas has returned to making the Red Devils uniforms. For 2015-16, Adidas drew inspiration from the kits it made for Man U. back in the 80s with the three-stripes on the shoulders and a V-neck collar. It’s a retro look, for sure, but it works.
This season marks the first time that New Balance will produce Liverpool’s kits. (They’d previously been made by New Balance subsidiary Warrior Football, which was absorbed into the larger brand.) The jerseys are certainly conservative, but there are some unique details that account for the high ranking. There is a tonal red checkerboard pattern on the top of the jersey that fades into a stripe as you move down the shirt. And the fabrication of the collar gives the illusion of a polo-style collar even though it is a traditional crewneck.
6. ASTON VILLA
Maroon and sky blue make for a great jersey combo (more on that later). The Villans unis for this season are inspired by those that the team wore in the 70s. The disco-era vibe comes through, which is a good thing, in the V-neck and fold-over collar.
The Henley is one of the most flattering shirts a guy can wear, so why not incorporate it into a soccer jersey? Chelsea’s jerseys also feature a subtle, tonal blue pinstripe that you can only see up close but really ties the design together. This is the first year that Yokohama Tires will be sponsoring the kits (the company replaces Samsung), and their logo merges nicely with the club’s.
4. SWANSEA CITY
You see a lot of reds and blues in soccer jerseys, but it’s not often that you see copper. Swansea went with the hue this season in a nod to the area’s history as the center of the copper industry. By deploying the color selectively (on the shoulders, inside sleeves, and collar), the Swans have a jersey that really works.
You either love or hate the popped collar on the Gunners’ 2015-16 kit. I’m a fan. I think it reflects a swagger that you want your team to possess heading into the season. The gold piping around the collar and running down the sleeves also represent the trophy hopes dancing in Arsenal’s heads.
2. MANCHESTER CITY
This jersey is a class act all the way. The sky blue color really pops and pairs great with the white collar to give the top more of a polo shirt vibe. It looks sharp either buttoned or unbuttoned.
1. WEST HAM UNITED
This is West Ham’s final season playing in Boleyn Ground, the stadium they’ve called home since 1904. To mark the occasion, the team’s home jersey is inspired by the ones West Ham wore during that year. The claret and sky blue colors are in perfect proportion and pair well with the gold crest and Umbro logo. West Ham’s hopes of winning the Premier League are pretty slim, but at least they’ll look good.