The French Ligue 1 is the first of the major European high-level football leagues to start, as AS Monaco face FC Nantes on Friday, August 6. Let’s take a closer look at some of the kits teams will wear when they enter the field…
(Includes all kits released at noon MT on Friday August 6)
Angers SCO unveiled a new club crest in May and quickly followed with home and away kits before releasing a third kit in July. The third kit has a subtle fleur-de-lis pattern from the crest connected by fine lines.
As of Friday August 6, Bordeaux had only released their 2021-22 home kits – just in time for their upcoming first game on Sunday August 8 against Clermont. (This message will be updated when the Away Kit is released.) The club had adopted a new crest in June 2020 which proved unpopular with fans, and when the new owners bought the club in 2021, they pledged to restoration of the old ridge. However, the most recent badge was to be used on the 2021-22 kits due to production delays and constraints.
The nickname of Stade Brestois is “the Pirates”, hence the two crossed swords under the club crest on the black away jersey.
Clermont Foot 63 is in Ligue 1 for the first time in 2021-2022, and it will do so in kits made by Patrick, a Belgian sportswear company. Home and Away Kits feature a tonal representation of the former King of Gaul Vercingetorix, who was born near the present-day city of Clermont.
RC Lens typically wears red and yellow vertical stripes at home, so this year’s stripes and belt are a departure. The third kit is a tribute to the Artois region in France.
The home kit for defending Ligue 1 champions Lille features a halftone gradient pattern made up of pentagons – the same shape as the club crest.
Lorient’s third kit pays homage to the city’s commercial port, and the tone-on-tone pattern on the front of the blue shirt represents the cranes found in that port.
FC Metz have unveiled a new club crest during the summer, a stylized Cross of Lorraine. It appears without the wordmark on all three jerseys for 2021-22.
The AS Monaco away kit is inspired by Formula 1 racing cars. EToro takes over as jersey sponsor for national matches, while Fedcom remains sponsor for European matches.
Montpellier HSC celebrates 10 years of its only Ligue 1 championship with a “CHAMPtenNS wordmark “under its badge on all three kits for 2021-22.
FC Nantes narrowly avoided relegation from Ligue 1 last season and hope to do better this year with bright yellow home jerseys with a green halftone pattern on the front. The club darkened green for accents on their 2021-22 away kit and complimented it with metallic gold.
OGC Nice also has a fourth kit for 2021-22, which is bright red with black accents and logos.
The Olympique Lyonnais home shirt for 2021-22 features a vertical red and blue stripe for the first time since the 2016-17 season. The stripe includes a tone-on-tone pattern with the lion on the OL crest.
The Olympique de Marseille home shirt for 2021-22 is inspired by the 1989-90 Marseille team, who won a second consecutive Ligue 1 championship and reached the semi-finals of the European Cup.
The Paris Saint-Germain 2021-22 home kit is the first PSG home kit to feature Nike’s Jordan brand logo on the chest. It also does not understand red and white vertical stripe front run – a design element the club has worn in some iteration since the 1970s and is closely associated with the former club president and fashion designer Daniel Hechter.
The three Stade de Reims kits for 2021-22 feature a small French flag at the base of the collar.
The black side panels that pass under each arm of the Stade Rennais 2021-22 home kit feature a tone-on-tone pattern inspired by the flag of Brittany, where the city of Rennes is located.
The dark green side inserts with narrow white horizontal stripes on the Saint-Etienne home kit are inspired by kits the club wore in the 1980s.
RC Strasbourg unveiled their 2021-22 home and away kits in an unconventional way, each wearing half in a pre-season friendly against German team SC Freiburg (who wore their red house kit).
ESTAC Troyes returns to Ligue 1 for the first time since 2018. Their outfits are made by Le Coq Sportif, and look like those produced by the same company for Saint-Etienne.