New Zealand’s football national teams have unveiled a new look thanks to the country’s new partnership with Puma, although to be honest it doesn’t differ much from their old appearance.
New Zealand Football and Puma released new jerseys for the country’s national teams on Wednesday, January 31. These will be worn by national teams of all skill levels, including the All Whites (men’s national team), the Ferns (women’s national teams), men’s and women’s youth teams, men’s and women’s futsal teams, and eFootball.
According to NZ Football, the black jerseys feature a „silver and gray camo background with black fern accents.“ The country’s iconic white fern badge remains on the left chest, with white Puma logos appearing on the left chest and sleeves. The front half of the V-neck collar is black, while the back half is gray.
The white kit, on the other hand, has a subtle blue-green wave pattern throughout. The white fern appears again on the left chest, bordered in black. The front half of the V-neck collar is also blue-green, a color that „represents the natural beauty of the country.“
The black jersey will be paired with black shorts, while the white jersey includes both white and blue-green shorts.
The new Puma jerseys bear a striking resemblance to the previous Nike-manufactured jerseys worn by New Zealand at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Nike’s black jerseys also featured a tonal pattern, and the white jerseys also had blue-green accents.
New Zealand Football and Puma announced their partnership in December 2023, making them the twelfth national team to be equipped by Puma in New Zealand. „This is an exciting new partnership that will elevate our national teams and New Zealand football to the next level,“ said Andrew Pragnell, CEO of NZ Football, in a press release at the time. „PUMA’s commitment to excellence aligns with our goal as a football association to continually raise the bar for football in New Zealand. Football is the country’s most participated sport, and this partnership will give it the support it deserves to continue its amazing growth.“
Both new Puma jerseys will make their debut at the upcoming Oceania Football Conference Women’s Olympic Qualifier in Samoa. The Ferns will begin their tournament on Wednesday, February 7, with a match against Tonga.