Ranked! Every football kit at the 2022 World Cup

10. Belgium away

Eden Hazard of Belgium Looks on during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 4 match between Netherlands and Belgium at Stadium Feijenoord on September 25, 2022 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Belgium away shirt for the 2022 World Cup (Image credit: Michael Bulder/NESImages/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Who knew a white football shirt could be this beautiful? 

Inspired by fireworks, Belgium's away top this year is pure white with technicolour flourishes all over. The badge and the swoosh are multicoloured, as are the panels down the sides, while the three stripes on the shoulders are a cool blue. It's an absolute masterpiece, like nothing we've seen from them in recent times and more than makes up for the flame-sleeved home top. 

9. England away

Bukayo Saka of England looks on at full-time after the UEFA Nations League League A Group 3 match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on September 26, 2022 in London, England.

The England away shirt for the 2022 World Cup (Image credit: Michael Regan - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Red went on a bit of a hiatus for England's men's team at least, following a 2018 World Cup where the Three Lions wore it for a successful penalty shootout among other moments. 

The royal blue of Euro 2020 was a bit marmite and actually didn't get a run-out during the tournament – so this new away colour has been welcomed like an old friend. It certainly feels familiar too, drawing influence from the 1990 away top with its thick collar and 1996 with its light blue. The detailing on this one is exquisite, from the '3 Lions' motif on the back of the collar to the pattern on the collar itself, while the colour scheme feels genuinely new for a change strip. Another classic? It is for us. 

8. Japan away

Japan 2022 World Cup away kit

The Japan away shirt for the 2022 World Cup (Image credit: Adidas)

Japan have had some of the most beautiful home shirts we can remember but the away colours have always been a plain white to balance out those lush first-choice threads. 

Well, this one introduces a pattern as grand as some of those home shirts. Adidas have concocted an origami-like graphic for both the home and away jerseys in 2022, with the away shirt blending these shapes. It looks like you're viewing the top through 3D glasses and it's immensely cool without being too over-the-top. Superb work. 

7. Wales away

Kieffer Moore #13 of Wales celebrate scoring a goal with team mate Ethan Ampadu #15 and Brennan Johnson during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 4 match between Belgium and Wales at King Baudouin Stadium on September 22, 2022 in Brussels, Belgium.

The Wales away shirt for the 2022 World Cup (Image credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Inspired by classic Welsh shirts of yesteryear, this is the first top on our countdown that averaged a score of 8/10 from our panel: high praise indeed.

After the Australia-like away of Euro 2020, this one is steeped in the valleys of Cymru, combining white with green and red for something that feels fresh and new while nodding towards the past. That zigzag pattern down the sides on the collar is a particularly nice addition, too. Bravo, Adidas. 

6. Denmark away

Denmark shirt

The Denmark away shirt for the 2022 World Cup (Image credit: Hummel)

There has never been a World Cup shirt quite like this. 

Hummel are protesting the human rights record of Qatar with all three of their shirts at the 2022 World Cup, stripping them of logos and embellishments in favour for blankness to make a point. We love a whiteout shirt at FFT either way but this one is particularly cool, lifting the patterning from 1992's Euro tops to celebrate 30 years since that win. This is so much more than a plain white t-shirt.

5. Mexico home

Hirving Lozano #22 of Mexico celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the friendly match between Mexico and Peru at Rose Bowl on September 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California.

The Mexico home shirt for the 2022 World Cup (Image credit: Omar Vega/Getty Images)

Mexico's green home shirt has had a holiday. The last two that El Tri have donned have been black with stunning Aztec-inspired patterns across the base.

This one is a return to familiarity and one of the nicest shirts that Mexico have ever worn. An eagle-style pattern adorns the top half of the shirt, reflecting the fantastic new badge, while red is chosen as the secondary colour to give this one an extra touch of grandeur. Mexico are always one to look out for in the shirt stakes but they've raised the bar again, here. 

4. Denmark third

Christian Eriksen of Denmark looks dejected following defeat during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 1 match between Croatia and Denmark at Stadion Maksimir on September 22, 2022 in Zagreb, Croatia.

The Denmark third shirt for the 2022 World Cup (Image credit: Goran Stanzl/Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images)

“While we support the Danish national team all the way, this shouldn’t be confused with support for a tournament that has cost thousands of people their lives,” Hummel announced when they released all three of Denmark's World Cup shirts.

That's why there are three, for a start. Along with the traditional red home jersey and white away, there's a third option. According to the manufacturer, it's black to mourn the migrant workers who died building stadiums for the tournament. 

It's both a poignant piece of kit and something beautifully made in design.

3. Germany home

Ilkay Gundogan celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the UEFA Nations League League A Group 3 match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on September 26, 2022 in London, England.

The Germany home shirt for the 2022 World Cup (Image credit: James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Ajax don't do Germany shirts – but if they did, they would probably look like this.

Adidas have delivered yet again for Deutschland, introducing a single, black central column to the German home shirt and embellishing everything in gold. It looks monarchal: it's stripped back and though it's hard to do something different with plain, boring, white shirts, Adi have revolutionised a classic look once more. 

The Germans just know how to do everything efficiently. Apparently, that extends to releasing the most incredibly consistent football shirts on the planet. 

2. Denmark home

Mikkel Damsgaard and Andreas Skov Olsen of Denmark celebrate after scoring their second goal during the UEFA Nations League match between Denmark and France at Parken on September 25, 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Denmark home shirt for the 2022 World Cup (Image credit: Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Naturally, our esteemed kit-pickers voted the home shirt Denmark's nicest of the lot.

The red-out effort to complete the set means that all three of the Danes' jerseys rank in our top six – and that's all of Hummel's shirts, too. The subtlety is stunning, the message admirable and to tie everything together with the nation's most successful shirt ever, 30 years after it was first worn, is a lovely touch. 

There's no beating it. Well, almost. 

1. Japan home

Daichi Kamada of Japan during the International Friendly Match between Japan and United States at the Dusseldorf Arena on September 23, 2022 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

(Image credit: ANP via Getty Images)

FourFourTwo first got a glimpse of Adidas's World Cup shirts over the summer. The Japan home strip was one that immediately stood out for its flecks and patterns, looking just as exciting as the famed 'Great Wave' shirt that it replaced. 

Months have passed and if anything, this glorious shirt is growing in stature. Whether those patterned shapes are supposed to represent cranes or the movement of Daichi Kamada is irrelevant: the jersey almost shimmers and flutters when you see it move. 

20 years after the World Cup arrived on Japanese shores, the Blue Samarai may just have stolen the show once more – only this time for their dress sense. It's a true work of art that our six scorers marked at over 9/10 on average. Superb work on this one, Adidas. 

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo. 

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