FA announce deal with Nike to kit out England as American giants replace Umbro
10:47 GMT, 3 September 2012
American sportswear giant Nike will be the new official kit provider for the England football team.
As revealed by Sportsmail, Nike will launch a new England strip as next spring as the Football Association marks its 150th anniversary.
The new kit will be released just a year after the current version went on sale, which in turn replaced one used for just eight games.
Change strip: How the England kit may look with the Nike swoosh
WHAT THE DEAL INCLUDES
Supplying kit and match-balls to all of Club England’s 24 football teams at every level, including the men’s national teams, women’s, Futsal, disability and amateurSponsorship and support of St. George’s Park, the home of the National Football Centre in Burton-upon-Trent, which in addition to hosting the England Senior team will train and develop a generation of coaches, referees and medical staff every yearSupporting partner of Wembley Stadium, the home of English footballSupporting partner for The FA Cup, supplying match balls for every round of the world’s most famous cup competitionSupply of product to County FAs
Fans will be reluctant to splash out on yet another replica which commands a price tag of around 50.
The strip could make its debut in the Auld Enemy clash with Scotland at Wembley on August 14.
The contract runs until 31 July 2018 and replaces the deal with Umbro, who Nike bought in 2007 but decided to sell this summer.
And rather than stick with the Manchester-based brand who have supplied England's kit for most of the last 60 years, the FA opted to transfer their allegiance to the parent company before the sale went through.
The FA refused to confirm the value of the deal but it is understood to be at least the same value as the contract signed with Umbro.
It also includes sponsorship rights at the new National Football Centre and Wembley and the supply of match balls for the FA Cup.
FA general secretary Alex Horne said: 'I am delighted that the FA has secured this new wide-ranging and comprehensive partnership with Nike.
'It is an extremely exciting time for both parties with the opening of St George's Park this year and The FA's 150th anniversary in 2013.
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'I would also like to place on record
our gratitude to Umbro and their significant contribution to the game,
the FA and England teams, over a 60-year period.'
Nike Brand president Charlie Denson
added: 'The pride and passion of England fans is renowned throughout the
football world and we are delighted to partner with the FA.
'We look forward to supporting England
teams at every level with innovative product technology and playing our
part to help develop the future of English football through our support
of St George's Park.'