11 thoughts on “What Constitutes a Kit Clash? Revisited

  1. Not really following the sleeve clash. A handball is a handball, seems to me that cases where it’s unclear who committed it are super rare.

    1. But if we can make the officials’ decisions as easy as possible, why not change? Also, sleeve clashes play a major part in offside calls

    2. Rob Styles had an issue with sleeves when West Ham played at Villa Park in April 2009, he made Villa switch to their white third shirts, which left Villa in white,white sky blue versus West Ham in sky blue,sky blue,white

      1. Indeed this is one of the worst overall clashes I’ve ever seen, very similar to Man City vs West Ham in the League Cup in 13-14.

        In this instance, I believe a sleeve clash would be better than the overall clash that prevailed. Villa even had claret change shorts and socks that year that I’m sure they would’ve preferred to wear rather than their change kit.

        An even better solution would’ve been for West Ham to wear their white third kit, which they carried over from the previous season, with sky blue shorts and white socks.

  2. You know what annoys me? The word “clash.”

    In sports, a “clash” means the colors match.

    In all other contexts, a “clash” means the colors don’t match.


    1. I have always had this thought in my mind aswell, girls often say “those colours in your outift clash” and I’ll be thinking “they’re totally contrasting!”

      Obviously clash is primarily a negative word so I think that is the reason why

    1. I mentioned that particular Man City game in an early comment, before that I was of the belief that it each component didn’t clash with their opposition’s respective component then there would be no clash but that game changed my opinion as it was impossible to watch.

      The kit clashes of South and Central America are so common it’s ridiculous. I think it’s because they tend to keep the same colour palette for each of their kits, for example Santos usually have a white kit, a black kit and a white and black striped kit. This means for games against white and black striped teams they have no suitable options.

      I’ve also noticed that there are quite a few obvious clashes in La Liga, as Barcelona have worn their all blue kit against countless royal blue and blue/white striped teams this season and last.

      1. Totally agreed about some of the ridiculous kit clashes in South and Central America.

        Brazil especially, and Santos are one of the worst offenders, with having an all-white home kit, and a black and white striped away kit, where more often than not, there is a higher percentage of white on the striped kit than black. They have had third kits introduced particularly in recent times, but only seemed to wear them when there was no clash, but when such a need would have arisen for using a third kit, they wore either the home or away. Suddenly you realise the third kit isn’t actually functional, but merely a marketing ploy.

        Necaxa from the example above were quite notorious for causing kit clashes in Mexico, in that normally they wore a red and white striped home kit, though white was more prevalent, especially on the back where there would be a huge white patch to house the number (typically in green) and a few sponsor logos. Now, you would think if they had a higher percentage of white on the home shirt, that the away shirt would be more contrasting for starters.

        And what did Necaxa typically wear for a change shirt in the 90’s and 2000’s? White, often with flashes (literally!) of red. Whilst it was somewhat functional for matches against teams in red, they’d end up wearing the home kit against teams wearing white, causing a pretty bad clash. But there’s worse – whenever they played Guadalajara (also in red and white stripes), they’d wear the away kit.

        Passable if it was just plain white perhaps, but quite often the change kit had a fair bit of red in it too, making it useless. This example from 1998 spells it out.


        But that isn’t even the worst case of it. In 2003, Necaxa had their home kit in the usual red and white stripes, though from the back it looked almost plain white, with the huge patch for the shirt number and sponsor logos, and white sleeves.


        So what did they do for the away strip? Err, this……


        And again, no third kit. So when they went to play at Guadalajara, whose striped shirts looked like this (note the lack of sponsor logos spoiling the shirt that season!)…


        Necaxa turned up in the away kit, with white shorts and socks. The result? One of the worst kit clashes ever seen. I’m surprised the referee allowed it to go ahead, and anywhere else in the world no doubt a referee would have made one of the teams wear different shirts for differentiation. However it seemed to be noted because not long after that, Necaxa started using black or grey as a change strip.

  3. I need to get a Twitter account, but here goes.

    During the last couple of seasons I’ve noticed that goalkeepers ever so often often wears a kit that can be quite similar to the opposition’s kit.

    Watching Derby and Leeds at The moment and Scott Carson is wearing a purple kit and Leeds are in their navy away kit.

    A couple of seasons ago Hugo Lloris wore a light blue kit, rather than the bright orange alternative for that season, against Chelsea. And there has been several more situations with various clubs

    It makes the goalkeeper a little hard to pick out in a crowded box at first glance, and I wonder if that’s the point.

    1. I’ve noticed this too, Simon, especially in the Football League. Surprising that it has been allowed to become so rampant

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