England will play in BLUE in Sunday's Women's World Cup final

England will play in BLUE in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final after Spain were handed first-choice on kits… and it’s all down to a clash with Lionesses’ period-protected dark blue shorts!

  • England changed their home shorts to dark blue after concerns from the players
  • Spain’s home shorts are also dark blue, meaning there would be a kit clash
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England will wear their blue away kit for the World Cup final on Sunday, it has been confirmed.

The Lionesses has been drawn as ‘Team B’, and will thus wear the blue strip they beat Australia in to reach the final on Wednesday.

Sarina Wiegman’s side will however wear white socks, with Spain in their home kit, which has dark blue shorts, meaning England’s home kit, which has dark blue shorts too, would clash.

The change of strip is therefore needed, though England will have few issues about wearing their away strip as they try to make history in Sydney.

If they are successful, the Lionesses will become just the third women’s side to hold both the European Championships and World Cup at the same time.

England will again wear their blue away kit for their World Cup final game against Spain on Sunday

Spain had first choice in kits, with the blue shorts of both sides clashing if they were to both wear their home strips

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In theory, if England had kept their traditional white shorts in their home kit, they would potentially have been able to wear their home kit in the final.

The only clash in the kits is in the shorts, which, for England, are now dark blue after players said they were concerned about blood leaking onto them if playing during their periods.

The change to navy blue shorts will be permanent, with the Lionesses set to wear the colour for the foreseeable future after members of their European Championship winning squad raised concerns last year.

Spain’s home kit also has dark blue shorts, meaning England will have to chance strip to differentiate colours

England had worn yellow shorts until recently after players raised concerns about playing on their periods

It’s a move that mirrors changes made in other sports, such as tennis and rugby, to introduce non-white clothing so women are more at ease when playing during their period.

There is also now an addition of a ‘leak protection’ liner – something that has been designed to help ease worries for players during performance while on their period.

The game on Sunday promises to be a close one, with two of the best sides in women’s football going head-to-head in Sydney.

England will become just the second side to have had their women’s and men’s teams win the World Cup if they are successful. 

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