England in talks with Nike over change to white shorts due to period issues


The women of England have sent their comments to Nike regarding the inability to wear white shorts when some players are on their period.

England began their European Women’s Championship campaign on Wednesday night wearing an all-white strip to beat Austria 1-0 in front of a record crowd at Old Trafford.

Beth Mead scored the winning goal for Sarina Wiegman’s side and after the match the Arsenal striker said the team asked Nike to change England’s white shorts to the coming.

“It’s something we gave to Nike,” the 27-year-old Mead said. “I think hopefully they will change that.

“It’s very nice to have an all-white kit but sometimes it’s not practical when it’s the time of the month.

“We discussed it as a team and we shared it with Nike.”

Athleticism has contacted the Football Association and Nike for comment.

Mead’s words were echoed by teammate Georgia Stanway who admitted the question was a “tough question” because fans “associate England with white”.

She added: “I think next year there will potentially be (there will be) a color change.

“It’s difficult because once you’re on the grass, nothing else matters.”

However, the women of England haven’t always played in an all-white kit.

During the 2013 European Championship in Sweden, they played in navy blue shorts, as they did during their qualifying campaigns for the 2015 World Cup in Canada and the 2019 World Cup in France.

There has been a resurgence of conversation about the white kit in women’s sport in recent months, with some tennis players recently discussing the ‘mental stress’ of the Wimbledon dress code and Test cricketers talking about anxiety over bleeding in their whites while playing.

And Athleticism was told in November 2020 that white shorts were “simply not for female football players” by Scotland and Leicester City defender Sophie Howard.

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