Canadian soccer fans are feeling a little left out today as Nike unveiled new home and away World Cup 2022 kits for 12 countries, including the United States and the Netherlands, but is leaving Team Canada with the ones it’s been wearing since 2021.
In a statement, Nike explained the reason for sticking with the same outfits: “Canada Soccer is on a different development cycle.”
According to a story in The Athletic, this didn’t sit well with a team slated to make its first World Cup appearance in 36 years. “I’m not a fan of it, to be honest. I just feel like every team should get a new kit for the World Cup because it’s a symbolic event,” said defender Sam Adekugbe.
Canadian soccer fans on Twitter aren’t feeling the news, either.
Canada is looking to make a splash in Qatar this November with the next World Cup set to take place in North America (including Vancouver and Toronto) in 2026. They play their first game Nov. 23 against Group F rival Belgium. Morocco and Croatia are the other teams in the tough grouping. The top two teams will advance to the round of 16.