FA to work with Nike after concerns over Lionesses’ white shorts

The Football Association said it would work in consultation with kit maker Nike regarding the color of England’s shorts due to players’ concerns about wearing white while on their period.

England pair Beth Mead and Georgia Stanway popped the question after Wednesday night’s Euro 2022 opener victory over Austria.

Arsenal striker Mead, who scored England’s winner against Group A rivals Austria at Old Trafford, said white was ‘not practical when it’s time to play’. month”.

Beth Mead scored the winner for England in Wednesday’s opener against Austria (Martin Rickett/PA)

An FA spokesperson said: “We recognize the importance and want our players to feel our full support on this. Any feedback made by them will be taken into consideration for future designs.

“We will continue to work in close consultation with our Nike partners, while following the advice of tournament organizers where possible in terms of color choices.”

The FA have confirmed England will wear all white against Norway on Monday.

Mead told the Daily Telegraph that England players had discussed the issue of wearing white shorts while on their period.

She said: “It’s something we passed on to Nike. Hopefully they will change that (the color).

“It’s very nice to have an all-white kit, but sometimes it’s not practical when it’s the time of the month.

“We are handling this as best we can. We discussed it as a team and we shared it with Nike.

Midfielder Stanway, named player of the game against Austria, said the color issue was not an easy problem to solve “because we associate England with white”.

Stanway added: “The home kit is amazing, it looks really nice. I think it’s something we can talk about as a full team, as a girl group.

“I think next year there will potentially be a color change. I think it’s difficult because once you’re on the grass, nothing else matters.

“I think we have a good doctor who likes to take care of us. As soon as the adrenaline kicks in, you could be naked and no one cares.

A Nike spokesperson said: “We hear and fully understand the concerns of our athletes that wearing light colored clothing while on their period can be a real barrier to sport.

“We are deeply engaged with our athletes in the process of designing solutions to meet their needs, while consulting with clubs, federations and sports associations that set uniform standards and colors.”

The PA news agency has contacted UEFA for comment.

Darryl A. Chapin