Soccer uni­forms that catch the eye?

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS - BY MARISSA PAYNE marissa.payne@wash­ Ex­cerpted from wash­ing­ton­­lylead

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.

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