Ireland Announce Castore Kit Deal - 2023 Kits to Be Released Next Week
Federation Football of Ireland (FAI) have officially announced that they signed a multi-year deal with Castore to be the national team’s kit manufacturer replacing Umbro. The first Ireland Castore kits will be launched in exactly 7 days, 20 March 2023.
Ireland Officially Sign Multi-year Deal With Castore
Just as we previously reported, after ending their partnership with JACC Sports, who have been their kits provider for 28 years, due to payment issues, Ireland were immediately linked with Castore. That news was finally confirmed following FAI’s official announcement on social media, confirming their multi-year agreement until 2028 with the England-based manufacturer.
Aside from confirming the new kit deal, FAI also revealed that their new jersey with Castore will be released on March 20, a couple of days before their international friendly clash against Latvia. Fans can already pre-order the new jersey. Although many fans are not entirely happy with Ireland’s new kit manufacturer, the supporter will certainly be eager to find out what kind of jersey the manufacturer will present.
FAI confirmation regarding their deal with Castore arrived within just two days after the Boys in Green unveiled their new logos, one for the Federation and another one for the national team. Ireland’s new crest will certainly be one of the main highlights on their first official jersey under the new manufacturer.
Ireland National Football Team 2023 Logo
The new Ireland National team 2023 logo most importantly brings back the shamrock, with a "bold Irish green" at the heart of the logo.
Before their new agreement with Castore, Ireland were in a collaboration with JACC which supply Stephen Kenny's side with Umbro and New Balance kits since 1994.
Ireland's last shirts from Umbro.
Castore Confirmed Deal With Ireland Will Last Until 2028
Explaining the decision to partner with Castore, FAI CEO, Jonathan Hill stated to the media (via the Independent.ie), “Importantly, this is a significant commercial deal for the Association which helps us in our core strategic objective of creating a more stable financial base for the business and for the game as a whole.”
“We are extraordinarily proud that Castore will have the honor of producing the iconic Ireland jersey until 2028
Meanwhile, Castore Founder Tom Beahon confirmed their partnership until 2028 while adding, “We are extraordinarily proud that Castore will have the honor of producing the iconic Ireland jersey until 2028 and we fully understand the responsibility we have to carry on that tradition and history.”
Old supplier O'Neills "tricked people", suggesting they would become Ireland's new kit maker
Taking advantage of Ireland being without a kit supplier, their old kit maker O’Neills released a special one-off kit inspired by their past collaborations in the 1970s and 80s. Many people thought it would hint at a new deal with the FAI, especially as the teaser suggested it. But it was not an official cooperation but just a clever marketing hint for the retro jersey.
Castore Ireland Kit Sponsor Deal - Key Facts
- Duration: 5 Year (2023-2028)
- Start Date: 2023
- Previous Shirt Partner: Umbro (the last 3 years)
- Ireland have been in partnership with JACC who provided Umbro and New Balance kits
- Goal of Castore: Carrying the responsibility of producing the iconic Ireland jersey until 2028
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