The NLL is presently the longest running professional lacrosse league with a history that runs very deep. Several teams like the Wings, Bandits, Knighthawks, and Rock have been playing for over 20 years, and their jerseys have told the stories of those franchises. With new teams, rebrands, and dramatic changes in athletic apparel occurring throughout the history of the NLL, it’s great to see some excellent jerseys duking it out this season and still showing the dominance of the NLL. But with 14 teams playing in the NLL, there’s bound to be some good and some bad options out there. So we decided to take a look at the entire lot of all NLL jerseys and rank them from worst to first. This is the byproduct of years of scouring through SidelineSwap, US Lacrosse magazine, and our local lacrosse store’s inventory to educate ourselves on prime lacrosse fashion. Please hold your applause until the end.
NLL Jerseys from the 2022 Season Ranked: Worst to First
Our list of NLL jerseys is arranged from the worst of the worst all the up to the best of the best. The goal was to have an honest evaluation, and that’s exactly what you’ll get below. There’s winners, losers, heartbreak, and happiness all rolled into one as we rank the box lacrosse jerseys that are competing in the 2022 NLL season.
Georgia Swarm Navy Home Jersey
The Swarm design department really phoned it in on the home jersey for their team. In a show of respect for their process, I will be putting the same amount of effort into the review of this jersey. The end.
San Diego Seals Gray Away Jersey
Going with gray was a bold choice for the Seals, and it almost paid off. There’s not a ton to dislike about this jersey, but no one is going to lose their minds over it. There’s definitely some points deducted for it being the opposite of their Home jersey, but many teams in the NLL do this. And while the “Seals” on the back of the jersey is a nice touch for the fans, it looks a little misplaced when the player’s have their name and number on the back as well.
Georgia Swarm White Away Jersey
Going with a navy stripe up the side was a bold move for the Swarm compared to their Home jersey. Still, the Swarm Home and Away jerseys really look like practice jerseys compared to the rest of the NLL. Having them as one of the few teams with a very visible sponsor and no flair on this jersey is also pretty depressing. Safe to say no one is raving about this jersey.
Philadelphia Wings Black Home Jersey
What is normally a great jersey that has a very recognizable motif has fallen on hard times right before our very eyes. The great Philadelphia Wings have decided to double-up on the sponsorship logo on their Home jersey with the back and the front. This is just a wild move. The only possible saving grace for this is some legal loophole that I’ll address later.
San Diego Seals Purple Home Jersey
Out of all of the purple jerseys put out by the NLL, the Seals is the roughest of all. Not only is this purple the most aggressive, the clash with gold is less Lakers and more losers. All in all, the Seals don’t have a strong showing in their jerseys. Overall, not truly impressed as the Seals are the first team out of the race for best jersey. The Swarm can’t really say they’re much better though, as they are only still in this race because they are the only NLL team with three active jerseys.
Calgary Roughnecks Black Home Jersey
The Roughnecks are the first team to have both of their jerseys hit the rankings back to back. The only difference between the Home and Away jerseys are that they flip their middle sections from white to black on the opposite. With the same sleeves on these jerseys, there’s a nice theme going between them, but they’re still a little plain for the league.
Calgary Roughnecks White Away Jersey
The Roughnecks have always had an interesting brand for their team with a name that actually displays true toughness. It’s almost gimmicky to pick some supposedly fierce animal when you compare it to people actively choosing to work an extremely dangerous and difficult profession. And the Roughnecks’ jerseys both display that toughness factor with the strong lines and sharp edges, but it could have had some details aside from the oil rig to add to the theme.
Rochester Knighthawks Green Home Jersey and White Away Jersey
The Knighthawks used to be the pride of the NLL with a turquoise blue set of jerseys that dazzled like diamonds, and now they have these. It’s not fair to consider where the Knighthawks used to be in an evaluation of an odd change of franchise locations, but let’s be real here – these aren’t great jerseys. The whole American military green coming from these Knighthawks jerseys doesn’t feel right. Oh well, rest in peace to the old Knighthawks jerseys.
Saskatchewan Rush Green Away Jersey
Neon green is a strong choice. I can’t fault the Rush for their own team colors, but I can fault them for embracing them so strongly. The fade on the end of the sleeves is a unique part of the design and the R logo being different from their other jersey adds nice variety. It’s hard to be a huge fan of these jerseys, but I don’t hate them. This is definitely a huge A for effort jersey, but not one I’d want to be wearing around.
Vancouver Warriors White Away Jersey
What a difference the splash of color on the collar and stripes on the sleeves make for the Warriors. Compared to the Georgia Swarm jerseys, the Warriors somehow hit it out of the park with minimal effort. There’s a huge “clean” factor to these jerseys that makes them a strong choice as we start to round into the jerseys that are adding value to the league.
Albany FireWolves Red Home Jersey
This jersey is very plain, but the FireWolves did bring it home with the details to make a statement as a new addition to the league. The back patch below the neck and the A’s on the shoulders are very nice touches to the FireWolves jersey, but that’s almost all it has going for it. Having the double gold stripes at an angle is a little something different from other teams that put this one ahead of the Warriors white jersey.
Vancouver Warriors Black Home Jersey
The Warriors keep that clean theme with a minimalist look that’s the better of the duo from the Vancouver squad. Pushing the effect of their logo to the max with this set of jerseys is very on brand for the theme that the Warriors are going for, and it works for the team. Unfortunately, having a minimalist logo, jersey, and design theme doesn’t leave us with a lot to discuss. Very cool for the Warriors.
New York Riptide Navy Home Jersey
The Riptide have one of the most dynamic color schemes in the NLL, and their navy jersey brings a unique element into the rankings – the elbow swirl. There’s no doubt about it, the Riptide elbow swirl is a polarizing topic. You are definitely either in love with the elbow swirl, or you’re in love with hating the elbow swirl. This is not a “gray area” debate. There will be less about the elbow swirl in the next Riptide jersey review, but that’s all we’re talking about here. It definitely would be worse if the elbow swirl was any smaller, yet I can’t say it would be better if it was bigger. At the moment, I’m firm on hating the elbow swirl.
Saskatchewan Rush Black Home Jersey
The black in the Rush jersey is definitely its strong suit. It’s nice to see the fade on the sleeves reappear here with the Rush, and the difference in logos from their green jersey is a nice bit of variety. The Rush still have one of the lower end color schemes in the NLL, but I’m not here to hate on them for neon green. It’s certainly a better ratio of their color scheme on this jersey, and they have a nice look compared to plenty of other teams that have much better colors.
Philadelphia Wings White Away Jersey
So here’s my thought, Inspira Health paid for a sponsorship that included two jersey placements. Some wisenheimer at the Wings decided to include both of their sponsorships on the black jersey because of some clause allowing for “discretion in design placement” for the Wings. That then made the Wings have one good jersey and then the one with front and back sponsorship. This white jersey is the saving grace of the Wings organization that has displayed their shoulder art in an anatomically correct manner. The black Wings jersey could have been up here on the list if it didn’t have the horrible sponsor placement, but here we are.
Panther City Black Home Jersey
The panther on the front of the Panther City jersey is tough. You can’t fault the team for making the logo so prominent because it really delivers a punch right off the bat. And the small red details are pretty killer too. This could have easily been higher up on the list if it wasn’t so dark. All the black on the purple with no highlights makes it hard to appreciate all of this jersey. Still super sick overall.
New York Riptide White Away Jersey
I love the elbow swirls. You heard me and you heard me right. How are you hating on these swirly boys? The crispness of the color shift on the swirl goes well with the white background and really plays compared to on the navy jersey. Gotta love those elbow swirls, am I right?
Albany FireWolves White Away Jersey
The change in logos for the FireWolves is a really nice choice that helps with a contrasting look that provides variety for the fans. I think that the FireWolves logo is a little too cutesy to be so bold on their red jersey, and the team nameplate adds a little bit of pizzazz that keeps your eye from wondering if the logo is really a wolf or not. This could just as easily be a wildcat, bobcat, wolverine, or even meerkat logo on a good day. So the less is more factor really helps the FireWolves jersey almost crack the top ten. From far away, it’s a very clean and striking look with the best parts about the red jersey and much more.
Colorado Mammoth White Away Jersey
The Mammoth have been cooking with a recipe for success for years now. Everyone who knows the Mammoths knows the mountains, and this iconic design is an easy top ten pick. There isn’t much to dislike in this jersey with the bold logo for the Mammoths displayed proudly and the added details on the sleeve cuffs.
Georgia Swarm Yellow Third Jersey
After having their other two jerseys rank in the bottom three for the whole league, the Swarm manage to snag a top ten spot with their alternate jersey that showcases the classic honeycomb pattern on the shoulders with the contrasting stripes on the side. Now, this jersey does have a distinct “ugly” quality about it with the busyness of the stripes and honeycombs paired with the Swarm stinger logo, but that kinda gives it that mystique. All in all, this is really a jersey that makes you instantly know the team and their brand.
Halifax Thunderbirds Purple Home
The Thunderbirds really came out swinging with their jerseys in a statement that shows they aren’t to be taken lightly. There are several indigenous cultural references that are inherent to the Thunderbirds brand included in the jersey, and the variance is possibly the best in the NLL. However, the color distinction between the two jerseys almost makes it look like they’re for two different teams that are both called the Thunderbirds.
Halifax Thunderbirds White Away Jersey
The Home jersey has no blue. The Away jersey has no purple. I still love both of them. Much like the Mammoth and the Panthers, the strong logo of the Home jersey adds a lot to the initial appearance. But in a move not taken by any other team in the NLL, the Thunderbirds go with just the team name on the front of the Away jersey. Maybe you could say that the Rush do this too, but the Rush have a “logo-y” feel about their Home jersey that is distinctly different from what the Thunderbirds are doing. Compared to the other rebrands, new franchises, and moved franchises, the Thunderbirds have risen to the top of the table.
Panther City Panthers White Away Jersey
The Panther of the Panther City Panthers gets to really shine on this white version of their jersey. It’s the most impressive minimalist jersey in the NLL, and there’s just so much to love about this design. The red stars add a lot in terms of bringing the whole jersey together, and the shoulder logo is also a nice touch. But the continuous flow of the stripes, the structural element, and the placement of all designs are very pleasing to the eye. You gotta tip your cap to Panther City here.
Buffalo Bandits White Away Jersey
Boy oh boy do the bandits keep delivering classic jerseys from year to year. You know that the orange and black of Buffalo are a staple in the NLL, and the Bandits always have a crisp uniform design ready to hit the floor. In this iteration of the Bandits jersey, you get a taste of the old and the new with the Western Bandits S logo on the front and Bandit Logo on the back. And while these jerseys do have the slight look of being affiliated with a marching band, these stripes really play. ]\When the name and number are included on the back of these, it’s a very compelling look.
Toronto Rock White Away Jersey
If box lacrosse was more mainstream, Toronto Rock jerseys would be some of the most popular college party jerseys in America. The iconic look of the Rock jersey screams box lacrosse, canadian pride, good times, and a love for retro designs. There’s really a simple beauty in the chrome text print of their logo and ricocheting lines that bleed across the jersey. And that’s just Toronto lacrosse baby.
Colorado Mammoth Maroon Home Jersey
The mountains for the Mammoth are just so bold and powerful looking on the deep maroon fade of this jersey. You really get all of the appreciation of the mountains, the Mammoth logo, and the fade on this jersey, where those elements aren’t as strong on the white version. Similar to Panther City, the Mammoth just needed to have the right color background with their jersey to really shine above the rest. As a longstanding member of the league, the Mammoth have made a mark with this jersey’s look, and it still holds up all these years later.
Toronto Rock Blue Home Jersey
The Rock’s blue jersey is just beating the same drum as the Mammoth and the Panthers. It’s easy to see how a color change can add a little more to the jersey and make everything really pop. The blue background adds a lot of contrast to the red of the bottom and the logo of the Rock. All of this makes for a look that stands out against the rest of the league and easily deserves a spot in the top ten, but not quite the top spot in the league.
Buffalo Bandits Black Home Jersey
The off shoulder draping, mismatched sleeves, interrupting stripes, and portioning of color makes the Bandits home jersey the best jersey of the 2022 NLL season. At least in my humble opinion, this jersey really checks all the boxes a little more than the others. It’s not that this would be the most popular jersey, because that is more likely the maroon Mammoth jersey or the white Panther City jersey. It’s also not the overall “cleanest” design like both of the Rock jerseys. But the Bandits deliver across the board with having that movement in their design that is synonymous with indoor lacrosse jerseys. Similar to the way that BMX and moto-cross designs incorporate movement into the design, the Bandits deliver that here with a great logo set, good control of their color, and classic look. What’s not to love about a design that puts that all together?