SYDNEY FC today officially unveiled its adidas playing strips for the new season with a new look black and slate away strip while the home strip returns to a lighter shade of blue.
Sydney FC will play at home in the traditional sky blue shirts, with a continuation of the navy blue pin stripes, tweaked slightly to feature a sunken navy blue neckline. The home strip also features navy blue shorts and sky blue socks.
The popular black away jersey has been retained for the 2013/14 season although the front of the strip features horizontal shale panelling, complimented by shale shorts and black socks with a sky blue trim.
Sydney FC fans with a sense of history will be pleased to see orange return to the playing strip with Sydney FC goalkeepers taking the field at Allianz Stadium wearing a vivid red and orange strip. The goalkeepers will also have sky blue and yellow alternate strips to use throughout the 2013/14 season.
"adidas's global design team worked closely with Sydney FC management and players to select the design, colours, necklines and materials” said Meaghan Jeffrey, Head of Sports Marketing for Pacific.
"This collaborative process has led to a range of kit which optimises player performance but also emphasises the iconic features that strongly represent the club,.
“The new Home kit features a contemporary vertical pin stripe sublimation and contrast yoke neckline, utilising the traditional and iconic sky blue colours.
"Continuing the striping theme, the Away kit utilises a new colour approach with Sydney FC wearing black tonal horizontal stripes with key colour pops of sky blue throughout the kit.
"Both jerseys feature CLIMACOOL® technology which provides heat and moisture management through optimum ventilation.”
Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata added: “We’re happy with the strips the Sydney FC team will wear into battle throughout the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League season.
“The sense of history is retained with the sky blue home strip, last season’s black away strip has been slightly altered while there is a return to the foundation colour orange as part of the primary goalkeeper strip.
"We think we have been able to work with adidas to design strips that reflect the traditions of Sydney FC and the need to offer fans a shirt they want to wear with pride.”
The strip, which will be available for sale on Thursday, was unveiled as Sydney FC returned to training today for the final phase of pre season following the successful training camp in Italy.
Socceroo midfielder Richard Garcia trained with his Sydney FC team mates for the first time after joining fellow recruits Nick Carle, Pedj Bojic, Matt Jurman, Marc Warren and Corey Gameiro at the Sky Blues for the 2013/14 season.
Garcia and Gameiro were joined by Sydney FC goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic in showing off the new Sydney FC strip.
Coach Frank Farina re-assembled his troops at the club’s Macquarie University training base to put the squad through the final six weeks of pre season that will see the Sky Blues play four more matches before the season opener against Newcastle Jets on Friday October 11 at Allianz Stadium.
The Sydney FC 2013/14 A-League player numbers are:
1. Ivan Necevski
2. Sebastian Ryall
3. Marc Warren
4. Pascal Bosschaart
5. Matt Jurman
7. Brett Emerton
8. Pedj Bojic
9. Corey Gameiro
10. Alessandro Del Piero
11. Richard Garcia
12. Blake Powell
13. Tiago Calvano
14. Mitch Mallia
15. Terry McFlynn
16. Joel Chianese
17. Terry Antonis
18. Peter Triantis
19. Nick Carle
20. Vedran Janjetovic
21. Yairo Yau
22. Ali Abbas
23. Rhyan Grant
24. Hagi Gligor
25. Daniel Petkovski
26. Josh MacDonald