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Nike and the National Women’s Soccer League unveiled a league-wide kit refresh on Tuesday for all 14 teams, bringing bespoke designs to each primary jersey following a new design process meant to create bolder, more unique kits.

It is the first time in NWSL history that every kit — 28 total — has been changed over for a new season, and the first time in Nike’s history that a women’s soccer league has been given a league-wide reset.

Among the bold designs are San Diego Wave FC’s orange, pink and turquoise top — meant to reflect the city’s gorgeous sunsets over the Pacific Ocean — and the Orlando Pride’s “citrus kit,” defined by large oranges, a major industry in central Florida.

All 14 primary jerseys are custom-designed to tell stories about their local communities. There is Racing Louisville FC’s lavender-and-white argyle, inspired by the shirts jockeys where ahead of the 150th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby in May. The Chicago Red Stars have returned to their roots with a “lake-hued” blue jersey that features nine varying stripe patterns converging at the crest. The design symbolizes the city’s neighborhoods coming together according to Nike.

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The new, more customized designs are part of a league-wide reset in the process with Nike, which The Equalizer first reported last year. The NWSL relaxed a previous rule requiring teams to have a white alternate kit, instead following the FIFA requirements of one “dark” kit and one “light” kit. White jerseys are almost entirely gone from the 2024 collection, and white shorts have been eliminated completely “with an overwhelming majority of NWSL players providing feedback that white shorts are a distraction on the pitch when facing potential leakage from their periods.”

Now, team kit combinations are bursting with colors. San Diego complements the sunset-inspired primary jersey with an unmistakable magenta secondary kit. The Wave’s foes to the north, Angel City FC, will wear a light pink (“Sol Rosa”) secondary kit to accompany a black kit that features the wings from the club crest subtly overlayed on the jersey. The Washington Spirit, currently in the middle of a drawn-out rebrand, will wear a highlighter yellow secondary kit that further clues in what the team’s new identity will look like.

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The secondary kits all look fairly similar league-wide, which will remind fans of the early days of the NWSL that were defined by template jerseys. Nike and the NWSL say the gradient themes “speak to the strength of the collective… as a reminder that soft and fierce can happily co-exist.” The secondary kits will only be in use for one year.

Next year, all secondary kits will be replaced with bespoke designs like this year’s primary kits. That will reset the cycle and establish two-year rotations that are on par with global soccer standards. Primary kits and secondary kits will each be rotated in offset, two-year cycles, meaning each team will get at least one new kit each year. (The current primary kits will be used in 2024 and 2025; the secondary kits that launch next year will be used in 2025 and 2026). There could be some exceptions due to circumstances like the Washington Spirit’s impending rebrand.

Two years is about how long is now required for the design process, which starts with an intake form from club representatives and evolves into a collaborative discussion and mock designs from Nike’s team to bring to life each team’s idea. Teams are already deep into the design stage for 2026 kits. Multiple sources confirm that teams will have the option for third kits in 2026.


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North Carolina Courage’s Brianna Pinto embracing new role in 2024 – Equalizer Soccer

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Gotham FC's Delanie Sheehan battles for a ball with North Carolina Courage's Brianna Pinto


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CARY, N.C. — When the North Carolina Courage lined up for their opening match of the 2024 National Women’s Soccer League season, an interesting name filled the central striker’s role at kickoff: Brianna Pinto.

The 23-year-old had previously been a midfielder while a member of the Courage, albeit a versatile player who had been used in both defensive and attacking roles. But with North Carolina’s leading scorer from 2023 Kerolin sidelined with a torn ACL for the time being, as well as head coach Sean Nahas having a surplus of midfielders and a track history of playing players in various roles on the field, Pinto got the call as the No. 9, a move that paid immediate dividends.

Pinto drew a penalty to open the scoring in the season opener, a 5-1 romp over the Houston Dash, and notched her second start of the season back at WakeMed Soccer Park on March 30, with her first goal of 2024 in a gritty 1-0 win over Gotham FC.

“I think just being in a new role is obviously a learning moment. But I love playing the No. 9 just because I’m close to goal and there’s nothing more special than getting to score,” Pinto told reporters in the postgame press conference after the win over Gotham.

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Star in the making – Equalizer Soccer

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Emeri Adames stands with her arms folded and a massive smile on her face. She is posing in front of gold drapery in the Reign's dark blue home kit with gold accents.


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SEATTLE — As calendars turned to December, Emeri Adames was graduating high school and preparing for life playing college soccer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The Dallas, Texas, native was not planning on going pro. She had committed to a Tarheels program that is consistently one of the best in the nation as one of the nation’s top recruits.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Seattle Reign came calling. Discussions began in late December and an invite to preseason soon followed. Adames still wasn’t set on going pro but, time training with the Reign changed everything.

“It was definitely a really hard decision. I have so much respect for UNC coaches, and I have such a good connection with them still, I talked to them. But it was just mainly this team,” Adames told The Equalizer.

It has been Adames’ goal ever since she was young to go pro but she didn’t think it would happen so soon.

“It wasn’t like I was just trying to go pro just to go pro,” Adames said. “I found my place and I found a great team that would support me and the staff that really wanted me to grow as a player and I saw their visions for me. And so I talked to my family and we had a lot of conversations and that’s what led me to this decision.”

The Reign were just as excited to sign Adames as she was to join the team. Speaking after Adames’ NWSL debut, in the regular season opener, head coach Laura Harvey admitted that “honestly, within two days [of preseason] I was like ‘we need to sign this kid, she is special.’”

Harvey was almost gleeful talking about Adames, forewarning media “You wait, this kid’s unbelievable.”

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What to keep and what to change from the SheBelieves Cup – Equalizer Soccer

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On Tuesday night, the United States won its seventh SheBelieves Cup in nine years. This victory was secured in thrilling fashion – a full-time draw led to penalty kicks and featured goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher not only saving shots but also burying one of her own. But, as the post-match excitement died down, fans and followers immediately honed in on the predictable follow-up question to an international tournament: what could this mean for the Olympics? 

In short, a lot! This tournament saw some predictably solid play from Olympic roster shoo-ins like Lindsay Horan, whose abilities to consistently generate plays, draw fouls, and score goals looked as reliable as ever. Mallory Swanson returned from injury to the international stage for the first time in a year and has never looked faster or more eager for a goal. And joining her up front were Jaedyn Shaw and Sophia Smith, who more than earned their keep with goals throughout the tournament. 

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