This afternoon AFC Cleveland unveiled its new home and away kits for the 2016 season. The kits, which are designed by Spanish sports clothing manufacturer Joma, were unveiled via video earlier today.
Founded in 1965 in Toledo, Spain, Joma Sport is the largest Spanish sports clothing brand and within the top 10 worldwide sports clothing brands. Joma is the official kit supplier for clubs in La Liga, the Barclays Premier League, Serie A, and many others. It is also the official outfitter of the Spanish, Mexican, and Portuguese National Teams at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The 2016 AFC Cleveland home kit is royal blue with sublimated horizontal pinstripes on the body and a white embroidered Joma logo. The polyester jersey is a semi-fitted cut for the players’ mobility and comfort, and it contains micro-mesh panels along the sides and back-neck area to transport moisture and perspiration away from the body and keep players cool. The home jersey is adorned by the club’s primary sponsor logo, NovaCare, and the commemorative 5-year anniversary crest, complete with a metallic-silver threading on the Roman numeral five on the ribbon.
Match-worn jerseys will also be set apart by the official NPSL league patch on the sleeve. The home shorts are royal blue with white trim and the 5-year crest, and the socks are white with blue trim to round out a blue/blue/white kit at home.
The away jersey is all-white with a black Joma logo. Like the home jersey, the away jersey is also semi-fitted with micro-mesh panels and embellished with the 5-year anniversary crest and NovaCare logo on the front. The away shorts and socks are both black with white trim, rounding out a bold white/black/black look for the Royals on the road.
“It’s important that we keep the home kit blue, and we wanted to introduce more blue into it with the shorts. In previous years we’ve settled for dark-navy as an accent color but we’re happy that Joma can provide us with kits that follow our color scheme of royal blue, white, and black,” said AFC Cleveland Creative Director Jeff Pejsa.
“The away kit will be sharp; we’re excited to bring something different to the pitch on the road rather than the standard all-white look,” he added.
In cases where colors clash, AFC Cleveland will wear the blue shorts and white socks in conjunction with the white jersey on the road – this will be the case in Portland, Maine for the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
In conjunction with the new kits, AFC Cleveland will also place player names on the jerseys for the first time in its history and offer customization options on both jerseys to fans, something currently not done by any other Midwest Region team.
Fans can see the team’s new home kit for the first time on Royals on Saturday, May 14 when the Royals take on Indy Eleven NPSL at home. Single-match tickets and season tickets are now on sale to the general public.