In 2004, Nike became the official kit supplier of the Westfield Matildas. Since then, the designs and patterns of their kits have been synonymous with many famous matches and moments in Westfield Matildas history.
With the release of the latest kits on September 17th, we look back on all of Nike’s designs and evolution over the past 15 years.
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2004 – 2005 Away
A shift from Australia’s traditional gold home for the 2004 Olympic Games, Nike created a predominantly white jersey with green streaks. The new design proved successful as the Matildas reached the Olympic quarter-final stage for the first time at Athens.
2005 – 2006 Home
Adopting the iconic kit which Socceroos fans remember for their penalty shoot-out win against Uruguay in 2005. The jersey was memorable for the Westfield Matildas as well, with the shirt worn throughout their first ever Asian Cup campaign on home soil. Classic gold with a green hoop around the numbers.
2005 – 2006 Away
Roles reversed from the home kit, with green jersey and gold hoops around player numbers. Worn for 2006 Asian Cup but remembered mostly for our clash against Japan in November 2006, where a new rivalry in women’s football was born.
2006 – 2008 Home
Created primarily for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China, the gold Nike kit stands out with a long V-neck and green streaks along the outside of the jersey. The jersey is a classic with the Westfield Matildas winning theif first FIFA Women's World Cup match in this kit.
2006 – 2008 Away
Continuing with the trend of the 2004 Nike kit, the inspiration behind the 2007 World Cup away kit showcasing navy blue jersey and white streaks involve Australia’s flag of blue base and white stars. It was the jersey worn as the Westfield Matildas battled Brazil in one of the games of the tournament.
2010 – 2011 Home
A simple design for one of the Westfield Matildas’ most defining moments. The gold shirt with green side streaks and green shorts featured in Australia’s first AFC Asian Cup triumph in 2010. The loose fit provided an advantage in humid conditions experienced throughout the tournament.
2011 – 2012 Home
The Westfield Matildas adopted a tri-coloured design for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. The classic colours feature with a gold torso with green upper half, divided by a white stripe. One moment synonymous with the design is of national team legend Sarah Walsh, who played her final international in the kit against the USA in 2012.
2011 – 2012 Away
Similar design for the 2011 World Cup away kit with a classy tri-colour design, however the choice of alternate colours is interesting. Previously away kits displayed the nation’s flag in it’s colours, but the decision was made to change toward a darker blue design with a stripe of gold.
2012 – 2014 Home
Defending their Asian crown in 2014, Nike released a sash design for the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Vietnam, whether it was the intention or not, it symbolised the girl’s continental championship four years prior. The design features the traditional gold jersey and green stripe over the Australian badge.
2013 – 2014 Away
Same template from the home edition, Nike implemented the same sash design except placed the stripe in gold, perhaps representing the gold ribbon won by the Westfield Matildas in China four years earlier. The base of the kit is of navy blue to commemorate the iconic base of the Australian flag.
2015 – 2016 Home
The Socceroos and Westfield Matildas’ wore the same kits for their FIFA World Cup campaigns. In a nod to the 1974 men's Australian team, the collar was back! The gold base and green collared shirt proved far more successful for the girls, as they progressed from a tough group involving the USA and Sweden.
2015 – 2016 Away
It was in this famous alternate kit where the Westfield Matildas made history. The trend of navy blue and adjusted gold colouring for the collars continued. In this jersey however, on a wet afternoon in Moncton, Kyah Simon fired home a late goal against powerhouse outfit and rivals Brazil to achieve the nation’s first ever knockout match win at a FIFA World Cup.
2017 – 2018 Home
It was this kit in which a large number of Westfield Matildas fans would have started their obsession. The gold shirt has been given a few adjustments with a diagonal striped pattern showing innovation on an iconic design.
This time period providing priceless moments including our first ever victory against the USA, culminating in the eventual Tournament of Nations win in 2017. For many it was the sold-out friendlies against Brazil in Penrith and Newcastle that caught their eye of our women’s national team. Overall, it is a jersey many attributes with the Westfield Matildas grow into a global force.
2017 – 2018 Away
An all navy-blue design was produced by Nike with the same faint diagonal pattern underneath, with gold numbering. Remembered predominantly at the 2017 Tournament of Nations after a clash with Brazil meant the Westfield Matildas played out a 6-1 victory in their alternate strip.
2018 – 2019 Home
As the Westfield Matildas developed into a powerhouse outfit, the designs of their kit became bolder. Nike continued the traditional gold base and green shorts. However, similar to the Socceroos kit, the implementation of webbed patterns on the shoulders and sleeves allowed the Australians to properly stand out amongst their Nike counterparts.
2018 – 2020 Away
After a decade of alternate kits in navy-blue, Nike decided to double down on the traditional green and gold. The away jersey seen throughout both the Men’s and Women’s FIFA World Cup campaigns saw a dark green base with Fluro green numbering and diagonally placed stripe along the torso.
2019 – 2020 Home
This is the jersey you have undoubtedly been waiting for. Prior to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, Nike presented all the teams whose jerseys they had produced together in London for the first look at their new World Cup kits.
The Australian jersey stood out amongst their competitors, with the world divided but what everyone agreed on however, was that the jersey was extremely bold. It was fitting of a side which identity stems from that very point.
The paintbrush design encapsulates the traditional green and gold in a mesh of patterns and it became a hit with the men's version of the jersey selling out. The Australians caught many people’s attention, with the jersey playing a large role.
What's your favourite Nike Westfield Matildas kit?