adidas Delivers Women-Specific Innovations in Preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

MANILA, Philippines—In a new announcement, adidas presents its biggest ever women football’s kit bag—working with athletes to deliver a series of women’s specific innovations, a catalogue of firsts, along with a roster of ten federations at the upcoming Women’s World Cup 2023.  

From sport bra engineering to in-kit period support, the lifestyle setter has partnered with experts in the field to deliver best in class product solutions and services to support its players through every jump, tackle, pass and strike this summer. 

With the knowledge that breasts can bounce up to 11,000 times during a football match1 reinforcing how adequate breast support is imperative to helping avoid distraction, discomfort and potential damage. With this, to better support and equip adidas federation players ahead of the tournament, each team will be offered bespoke 1-1 fittings led by adidas’ Expert Fitter collective.

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The correct support and fit are uncovered by analyzing individual shape and physical sporting demands; ensuring comfort remains central. Combined with this, and in collaboration with The Bra Professor, Joanna Wakefield Scurr from the University of Portsmouth, players will be offered a sport bra solution including some of adidas’ most technical bras, yet.

Meanwhile, adidas’ period support performance short will be available in on-pitch federation kit base layers. Created to give those who menstruate an extra layer of protection against leaks whilst playing, when worn with a tampon or pad, the shorts feature adidas’ signature FlowShield Technology. 

Knowing 75% of female athletes have experienced or are afraid of experiencing leaks during competition2 and in response to direct concerns from players themselves – shorts to complement federation kits in White, Black and Arctic Night will join adidas’ existing Stay in Play collection, which has been leading the way in period apparel support in sport since 2021. 

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Speaking about the brand’s ambition, Claudia Scholl, Senior Product Manager at adidas, highlights, Football can be very physically demanding. Breasts can move up to 19cm in high impact movements3. Players can make 100 sprints in a game where they reach in excess of 20KM/h4

Scholl adds, “So correctly fitting product is essential. That’s why we are ensuring our teams get access to 1:1 fittings, technical sports bras and discreet period support; each rigorously tested in our innovation labs alongside athletes. This is an essential part of removing barriers to the sport uniquely faced by women – and just one of the ways we want to create pathways to sport at every level.”

The kit bag is special not only for the innovations within, but for the scale of its support – offering over 1,500% more women specific apparel, hardware and footwear to women’s teams than in 2019, taking athletes from training day through to when the world is watching.

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This follows the first ever nature-inspired women’s only away kits launched earlier in the year, and the Oceaunz Offical Match Ball. The latter, which comes complete with connected ball technology, also pays into the future of the game via a 1% contribution of global sales from the Oceaunz football towards Common Goal’s ‘Global Goal 5 Accelerator’; a collective project to increase female participation, representation and leadership in the grassroots game.

adidas will have ten federations in total competing at this year’s tournament, including Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Jamaica, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Spain and Sweden.  

This announcement is the latest as part of adidas’ biggest ever commitment to the women’s game in the run up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023TM.

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This quickly follows CHAMPION THE GIRLS, where a sizable number of seats were given to young girls and their role models at the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final 2023 in Eindhoven to kick start a lifelong connection to the game – and comes as adidas commitment to the grassroots women’s game reaches more markets and territories than ever before.   

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275% of female athlete’s had experienced or were afraid of experiencing leaks during competition  (Johnston-Robledo and Chrisler (2013)

3Bridgeman, C., White, J., Hedger, W., Galbraith, H. and Scurr, J. (2010). Three-dimensional kinematics of the breast during a two-step star jump. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 26, 465-472 

4Sport Scientist (2010), Physiology of football: profile of the game.