Similar to the manner in which the Major League Soccer launches a special one-off kit for its annual All Star match, Football Federation Australia (FFA) has unveiled its first ever All Stars kit for a July 20th friendly with Manchester United. J-League side Yokohama Marinos have also released a special edition shirt for their meeting with the English Premier League champions on July 23rd.
According to the FFA: Fan favourites Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Thomas Broich and Brett Emerton were named as the inaugural trio of Foxtel A-League All Stars following the compilation of the votes from fans, players, the All Stars expert panel and head coach Ange Postecoglou.
“This is a chance to showcase the Hyundai A-League to the world, taking on one of the biggest clubs in world football,” FFA CEO David Gallop said.
“With the creation of an annual event that celebrates the most popular players and coaches in the Hyundai A-League it is fantastic to be able to announce Thomas, Nikolai and Emmo as well as unveiling the inaugural All Stars jersey.
“Hyundai A-League fans voted in resounding numbers and as the team begins to take shape under Ange Postecoglou’s leadership there is a great anticipation for the match on 20 July.”
The final Foxtel A-League All Stars squad will be announced on 13 July as the team goes into camp to prepare to take on world football powerhouse Manchester United.
The Foxtel A-League All Stars jersey, made of 100 per cent recycled lightweight fabric, was unveiled today at Carriageworks in Sydney.
“The All Stars represents the A-League’s best football talent and Nike is proud to support them by designing the inaugural jersey,” Nike Pacific General Manager Paul Faulkner said.
“This jersey signifies a milestone in Australian football when the stars of the A-League will play against one of the world’s most successful clubs, Manchester United, and we are excited to be part of this sporting event.”
“To have a brand like Nike involved in the creation of this jersey is another fantastic element in the evolution of the All Stars,” Gallop said.
“As we continue to say, this is not just a one-off match, it’s the creation of an annual event that celebrates the most popular players and coaches in the Hyundai A-League.”
The All Stars will debut against Manchester United at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, on 20 July with the match to be broadcast live and exclusive on the Seven Network nationally.