What's the problem with white?

What's the problem with white?

More & more teams are recognising that women & girls don't want to play in white shorts.

Irish women's teams announcing a move to dark shorts this week included Gaelic Football team Kerry, who play in the Lidl Ladies National Football League & the Ireland women’s rugby team who will wear navy shorts from next season.

At Wednesday's launch of the 2023 Lidl Ladies National Football Leagues, Kerry star Síofra O'Shea unveiled the Kingdom ladies football team's new black shorts, a switch away from the traditional white worn with Kerry's regular green and gold jersey.

Kerry are the latest women's team to sideline white, after a host of similar changes across several sports over the past year to alleviate player concerns about wearing white shorts while on their period.

Last week, Irish Rugby announced that Ireland women’s rugby teams will wear navy shorts from next season, although delays around supply means they may continue to wear white in this year's Six Nations. 

The IRFU’s head of women’s performance and pathways, Gillian McDarby, said: “I suppose the fear for women when they’re performing is if it’s that time of the month for them and is that actually going to impact their performance if they’re wearing white shorts? And it has happened.”

Foxrock-Cabinteely were among the first Irish clubs to make the change, while English soccer teams such as Manchester City, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion Women made similar moves away from white in the last year. 

During last summer’s Euros, England players including Beth Mead and Georgia Stanway raised concerns about wearing the Lionesses' traditional white shorts and the FA are in negotiations with Nike and Fifa over a change ahead of this year's World Cup.

“We recognise the importance and want our players to feel our continued support on this matter. Their feedback will be taken into consideration for future designs.

“We have appealed to international tournament organisers to keep this subject in consideration and allow for greater flexibility on kit colour combinations.”

So what about you? Are you strictly a dark coloured bottoms kind of person, or fly by the seat of your pants in any colour?

Jem x