Players don’t want to put on new jerseys – it shows their body shape too clearly

The players from Aston Villa’s women’s team are anxiously awaiting their first game of the season. The reason: your new jerseys.

Like football commentator Jacqui Oatley “Daily Mail UK” says, the players prefer not to show themselves in the skin-tight, quickly damp jerseys from the Castore brand.

Aston Villa men’s team complains of the same problem

Aston Villa’s male players had recently expressed concerns about the design and material of the jerseys. They claimed the heavy material increased their sweat production and affected their performance in the games.

These concerns are also shared by the players on the team coached by Carla Ward. Oatley told Daily Mail UK the women feared playing in the jerseys for obvious reasons.

“No woman I know wants to be sweating on live TV and have her workout outfit stuck to her everywhere,” she said.

Villa have four televised games lined up and this kit problem is putting a significant strain on their preparations.

Oatley: “Women tend to be self-critical”

The players want to concentrate fully on football. But now there’s a constant fear in the back of their minds about how they might look in the jerseys, says Oatley.

“Women tend to be self-critical. This simply shouldn’t happen. Personally, I think these women should have a different jersey to play with,” Oatley told Daily Mail UK.

Short-term solution unlikely

A solution to the problem seems unlikely, at least in the short term, as the jerseys may need to be redesigned.

So far the women’s team has only played one pre-season friendly match in their main kit, but have played the rest of their games in training kit. In one of these games against Villarreal, the training kit was used due to Spanish gambling legislation, as Villa’s shirt sponsor is BK8, an online betting site.

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