The top 10 2022 World Cup kits ranked

The top 10 World Cup 2022 kits RANKED: Brazil go ‘dynamic’ in their pursuit of glory, Belgium fan the flames with a unique design and England turn to retro inspiration for next month’s tournament in Qatar

  • The Qatar World Cup begins in just over three weeks with 32 teams involved
  • All teams bar Canada have brand new kits for the highly-criticised tournament
  • There will be several neat designs on show, with varied styles and uses of colour
  • Sportsmail ranks the 10 best kits that will be on show at this year’s tournament
  • Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates 
  • Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates

The World Cup and shiny new football kits. The two normally go hand in hand.

With Qatar 2022 now just over three weeks away, the final preparations for teams will be taking place ahead of the big kick off on November 20.

While there is plenty of on-field preparation, there are also several off-field bits that need to be taken care of. Marketing, travelling, ticket sales, and of course the kits.

The World Cup is the pinnacle of international football, and if a team is going to do well, they want to look good doing it.

It’s only right that Sportsmail has rated the top 10 kits at this year’s World Cup, from the funny, to the funky, to the fabulous. 

England will travel to Qatar with a brand new red away strip inspired by a retro design

10. Denmark – Home

Every single team bar Canada will be donning a new set of kits for the Qatar World Cup. Several different manufacturers, including Nike, Adidas, Puma, New Balance, and a few smaller companies will be on show in Qatar.

In at No 10 for us is Denmark’s home kit.

The shirt is nice and simple. Red, a little bit of a pattern, faded out. And the faded out is important.

Hummel, the kit manufacturer, released the following statement, which addresses the political issues around the tournament: ‘This shirt carries with it a message. We don’t wish to be visible during a tournament that has cost thousands of people their lives. We support the Danish national team all the way, but that isn’t the same as supporting Qatar as a host nation.’

Can’t argue with that.

Denmark’s faded out design in simple but effective, and carries out an important message

Kit manufacturers Hummel designed the kit with a stand against host nation Qatar in mind

9. Holland – Home

Holland are synonymous with orange that that will never change. And there’s only so much you can do with orange.

This is different, but it’s nice. The shade is a lot brighter, and gives off a shining effect. It’s ‘laser orange’, apparently.

Nike designed the strip using inspiration from the fur of a lion. It does almost look as if the material is different to that normally used for a football kit, but it isn’t.

According to Nike, the design also represents the fluidity of the total football tactical system evolved from Holland.

Louis van Gaal’s side have been off the pace for far too long. This kit could give them the inspiration to go back to their roots and make their fans proud in Qatar. 

Holland’s home kit is a little different to usual but keeps the traditional orange colour

Nike designed the kit with inspiration from the historical tactical playing style of the nation

8. Belgium – Home

Probably a controversial choice, but it’s quite cool, right?

It’s red, it’s black, and that’s Belgium. Adidas have seemingly had a bit of fun with this one however, and decided to include some flames on the sleeves.

Almost certainly a play on the nickname of Red Devils, the colours of the fire complement the Belgian badge, and will match up nicely if the side are on fire in the tournament and go onto do well.

If they flop, it’ll be forgotten – and probably changed – quickly. 

The flames on the sleeves of Belgium’s home kit are likely to spilt opinion among fans

7. Ecuador – Away

For a long time, there’s been doubt of whether Ecuador would even be allowed to compete in the World Cup due to controversy over the eligibility of Byron Castillo.

But unless there’s an extremely late and dramatic turn of events, they’ll be playing, and they’ll look good doing it.

From the yellow of their home kit to the blue of their away strip, it’s pretty much one extreme to another but Marathon deserve a pat on the back for their efforts here.

It seems like background patterns are the answers right now with a few kits donning the style, and this is another success, with the lighter blue geometric pattern here.

The lighter-blue pattern on Ecuador’s away kit stands out in a decent effort from Marathon

6. Croatia – Home

Similar to Holland, there’s only so much you can do with a white shirt and red squares.

But this is smart. Nike have really eased off on the checkers, with previous Croatia home kits covered in them, almost half and half red and white, and this is much more subtle.

The shorts are clean and the socks are quiet. There was a risk it would look messy, but it doesn’t and earns a big thumbs up. 

Croatia’s home kit features a different style of checkers to several previous efforts

The red is much more subtle that usual, but the pattern, though potentially risky, looks smart

5. Brazil – Home

Is there a more iconic international kit colour than Brazil’s yellow?

Well, this is probably a bit less iconic, because the yellow, officially branded ‘dynamic yellow’, is a bit more tame and dim than the usual offerings.

But that doesn’t make the kit any worse. There’s a small collar, the blue and green are there and there’s a slight leopard print pattern in the background of the shirt.

Traditionalists may not like it, but on design alone, it’s a big yes. 

Brazil’s home kit features a subtle pattern and is slightly dimmer than their usual showings

The kit however still looks smart, and prominently features the colours of the Brazil flag 

4. France – Away

The defending champions will have to rock up in style and while their blue home kit is nothing to be scoffed at, the white away strip takes your breath away.

Many fans are suckers for white kits, and this is no different. But looking closer, there are several dimmed images including scenes of the French Revolution in 1789, the Arc de Triomphe… and windmills.

It looks similar to a one-off France jersey designed by Adidas earlier this year, but that was done after Nike finished working on this one. It’s unique enough to collect the plaudits it deserves. 

France’s new away strip is neat but the images in the background add significance to the look

The simple blue and white combo mixes well in a good showing for the champions from Nike

3. England – Away

England’s home kit may be a disaster, but the away certainly isn’t.

A complete contrast to the home strip, this is a retro classic that rolls back the years for England fans who would almost certainly rather their side wear this throughout their stay in Qatar.

An interesting combination of blue and red, which for some reason seems to be becoming more and more popular lately, but it works. And we all love a collar.

If England do well and make some memories in this strip, it could become iconic. 

England’s red away kit gives a retro feel, with the strip much nicer than the home design

2. Mexico – Away

Almost Adidas’ best offering of the tournament, Mexico’s away kit is an absolute beauty.

The background isn’t too bright, and it mixes really simply but nicely with the red, which covers the shirt in a pattern in such a unique style.

The two-colour scheme on the shirt is smart, and more points for the adaptation of the crest. The only thing that could possibly cost it is the green shorts, but the strength of the shirt carries it.

Their home kit is great too, but that wouldn’t be fair. The away just misses out on the number on status, but would have been a worthy winner. 

The patterns on Mexico’s away shirt are a huge hit and the kit will be a fan favourite

The prominence of the red is strong and solid, but the green shorts may cause controversy

1. Japan – Home

Oh yes. Japan’s home kit takes home the bacon.

More red and blue here, but it works, and the blue is the winning factor.

Many have tried and failed with lines on a football shirt, but Adidas have smashed it here, designed in an origami layout. 

The white and blue crossover is fresh, and the red adds to it with the colour also in the badge.

Japan may not get far at the World Cup – they’re in a tough group including both Spain and Germany – but they’ll win a few hearts (and shirt sales) purely based off their appearance.

Adidas hit the nail on the head with Japan’s home kit, with the colours matching perfectly

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