Soccer uniforms that catch the eye?
If you ever have wondered why soccer goalkeepers’ uniforms are often brightly colored, the Wycombe Wanderers, a lower-league English team, are ready to tell it like it is.
“There’s been a lot of research into the science behind goalkeeper kits, which is why you see a lot of luminous colors and chevron patterns which enlarge the presence of the keeper in the goal,” Wanderers Coach Barry Richardson, who doubles as the team’s backup goalkeeper, said Thursday via the team’s website.
The Wanderers are going one step further, though, when it comes to their goalkeeper uniforms, or kits, next season.
Instead of using a random array of bright colors, the team specifically opted for a design based on a kaleidoscope.
“I had a kaleidoscope as a kid,” Richardson told the BBC shortly after the team unveiled the new uniforms this week. “I remember looking at it and it drew my eyes into the middle.”
He added: “With all of the sparkly colors, you could see them all on the peripheral, but your eyes are always drawn to the center.”
While some might think this is a cheap trick, starting goalkeeper Scott Brown is 100 percent on board.
“You’re always looking for that extra 1 percent, and hopefully this can help us in one way,” Brown told the BBC. “It’s definitely the best kit I’ve had.”
Fans apparently like it, too, according to the team, which called the response “phenomenal.”
While the Wanderers’ new goalkeeper uniforms may be the first to be based on a kaleidoscope, they’re not the first to feature crazy patterns.
Perhaps nothing will compare to retired Mexico star Jorge Campos’s old kits, though.
Composed of primary and fluorescent colors, Campos’s old uniforms had the opposite effect: To save their eyesight, opponents had to look away.