Thursday, February 19, 2015

FIFA Women's World Cup Team to Wear Plastic

With the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup slated for this summer, Nike on Monday introduced new away uniforms for the U.S. National Team.
The U.S. Women's National Team will be the first to wear the uniform during the Algarve Cup from March 4 to 11 in Portugal. The jersey features two white stars above the team badge to represent the two World Cups they've won, in 1991 - the first Women's World Cup - and another in 1999.
"The new kit was designed to showcase the USA's tremendous sense of national pride as well as their distinct sense of style, while also capturing the nation's eternal optimism for achieving greatness," Martin Lotti, Nike Soccer creative director, says in a news release.
The U.S. Men's National Team will wear the kit for the first time March 25 in a friendly against Switzerland.
The uniforms are made of polyester derived from recycled plastic water bottles.
The shorts are 100 percent recycled polyester, the shirts are 96 percent polyester, while the socks are 78 percent. By using recycled polyester Nike says the energy consumed in the production process is reduced up to 30 percent. Also, each kit is made using an average of 18 recycled plastic water bottles, a process that has diverted more than 2 billion bottles from landfill since the company began the process in 2010. 
The USA jerseys are available exclusively in the Nike Soccer App beginning Monday and will be in Nike stores and at starting Wednesday.
--Allan Brettman

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