As manufacturers deal with supply chain issues, less than half of the Premier League teams have their home and away kits available ahead of the upcoming season. Of the 92 clubs, only 44 clubs currently have both their kits on sale. Crystal Palace and Leeds United are among clubs that have neither kit available. Factory shutdowns in Asia due to Covid have been blamed for the delays.
“We can manage our cash flow, but it will impact on some clubs’ cash flow, I’m sure, because July is a month when there’s not much cash coming into the business,” an English Football League chief executive said. “We’re in a position where that hasn’t caused any disasters for us. But for some clubs, I would imagine it’s pretty difficult. If you’re a parent or a grandparent who’s going to buy a kit for a young child’s birthday in July, which you would normally have done, you’ve not been able to do that, you’ve got to wait.”
“The season will be four weeks in and for the kids it kind of ruined the moment because it became our own tradition,” Sandy Domingos-Shipley said. “It makes no sense because that’s when you know that you’re gonna get lots of people to buy.”
“As a result of unprecedented challenges over the past year, we expect to see a delay to Leeds United’s 2022/23 match and training wear. We understand and apologize for any frustration felt by fans at this time,” Adidas said in a statement last month. “We’re working hard with Leeds United to find the best solution on delivering the product as soon we can. More information will be provided soon.”
“Leeds United can confirm that our 2022/23 kit will go on sale to supporters in August. The 2022/23 home kit will be revealed during the second week of July and the men’s first team will debut the exciting new kit in our friendly match with Brisbane Roar on July 14, 2022,” the Premier League club said in a statement.