The Bay Football Club has unveiled their inaugural home jersey from Nike, less than two months ahead of their National Women’s Soccer League debut.
The San Jose-based expansion club revealed the predominantly white jersey adorned with a wave pattern in various shades of gray on the front. The sponsor’s logo, Sutter Health, is printed in black on the chest, as is the league-wide Ally logo on the left sleeve. The Bay FC crest, a black letter B incorporating the architecture of the Golden Gate Bridge into a dark blue circle, is located on the left chest.
No explanation was provided for the wave pattern in Monday’s announcement, but Bay FC revealed a series of logos in June 2023 incorporating „fog gray“ into their color palette. The „poppy red“ used as an accent color in the logos does not appear in the photos of the jerseys released on Monday.
„These jerseys not only represent the excitement of Bay FC coming to life, but also the significance of who wears them—our trailblazing and talented players,“ said Brady Stewart, CEO of Bay FC, in a press release. „We are thrilled to provide the Bay Area with the opportunity to wear a jersey with professional female athletes‘ names on the back, complementing the incredible athletes who already call the Bay Area home.“
A navy blue Bay FC inaugural season patch in the form of a shield is located near the hem on the right side of the jersey, „a timeless and traditional shape in sports, honoring the love of the game as well as the legends who have come before,“ according to the press release.
„The addition of stars in the patch typically represents a club’s championships, but they have been added to honor Bay FC’s founding champions—Brandi Chastain, Aly Wagner, Danielle Slaton, and Leslie Osborne. All elements of the patch reflect the importance of women’s sports in the Bay Area, the fan support, and the first players representing the Bay.“
While the NWSL has not yet announced a detailed schedule for the 2024 season, it will commence the weekend of March 16, with each of the 14 teams playing 26 regular season games. The league will take a break from July 15 to August 18 for the Olympic Summer Games but will also organize a tournament for players not representing their country in Paris during that time.
The NWSL playoffs will be expanded to eight teams this season. The quarterfinals will take place on November 9 and 10, with the semifinals on November 16 and 17. The NWSL Championship is scheduled for November 23.