The Irish FA has agreed a four-year contract extension with adidas which will see the leading global sportswear manufacturer continue to supply kit and training gear to Northern Ireland teams until at least 2020.
Since adidas returned as the Irish FA’s kit supplier in 2012 the partnership has gone from strength to strength culminating in Northern Ireland’s participation at EURO 2016, the country’s first major tournament since 1986.
The home shirt released ahead of the tournament is the best selling in the country’s history - and all Northern Ireland kit and training gear is achieving record sales.
Oonagh O’Reilly, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Irish FA, said: “adidas is the number one football brand in the world, and an iconic sportswear brand known globally for its top class design and unrivalled quality, so therefore I am delighted that our partnership will continue for a further four years.
“Every Northern Ireland team, from the senior international side down to our junior Club NI representative sides, will benefit from the expertise that adidas brings and young supporters who dream of one day pulling on an international top will be inspired by being able to own Northern Ireland replica gear made by adidas.”
Gavin Thomson, adidas Managing Director for North Europe, said: “adidas are proud to announce the contract extension signed today with the Irish Football Association which continues a strong relationship and looks to build upon the success of the team at the recent UEFA European Championships.
“The deal marks the continuation of a long standing relationship between adidas and the IFA which was first in place at the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups. The contract will see adidas continue to work with all levels of the Irish FA system, from the first team all the way through to development and affiliate grassroots programmes.”