Ireland Sign New Balance Kit Deal

The Ireland national football team will end the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a new kit supplier, it has been officially announced today. Umbro had been Ireland's kit supplier for 23 years.

John Delaney, FAI CEO, said: "The FAI is delighted to announce this relationship for our international teams. The Republic of Ireland jersey is recognizable all around the world and is synonymous with the passion that our players and our supporters are renowned for."

Ireland to Play With New Balance Kits From September 2017

New Balance is expected to present Ireland's kits in late August 2017.

New Balance will take over the Umbro contract from August 2017. New Balance will supply the national team from senior through to underage level with kit, training apparel and equipment. Ireland will wear New Balance kits for the first time against Georgia on September 2.

Richard Wright, General Manager of New Balance Football, said: "This truly is a fantastic collaboration for the brand with such strongly supported national team. Ireland boast some of the most passionate supporters in the world and we look forward to creating kits for them to be proud of, hoping to be a part of the success on the pitch."

Umbro's Ireland sponsorship was the third-longest of any European country, only surpassed by Germany's deal with Adidas and the partnership between the Netherlands and Nike.

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