It's not long now until the 2017/18 football season kicks off, and fans are eagerly anticipating a return to their weekend traditions of watching matches up and down the country.


The off-season is always a monotonous time for supporters due to the lack of games, with only transfer rumours, new signings and the unveiling of next term's new kits to tide them over when no international tournaments are taking place.


The latter of those three has certainly taken centre stage at Wycombe Wanderers after the League Two revealed their new goalkeeping strips for next term and, well, just take a look at them yourself:

They're definitely striking, aren't they? The home kit, in particular, looks like someone's kid took their paint kit to the jersey and was told to go absolutely wild.


However, not all is as it seems, because in fact Wycombe Wanderers have designed the kit intended to distract opposing strikers.


Wycombe goalkeeper coach, Barry Richardson, explained the inspiration behind the novel design, as reported in the ​Telegraph:

"There's been a lot of research into the science behind goalkeeper kits, which is why you see a lot of luminous colours and chevron patterns which enlarge the presence of the 'keeper in the goal," said Richardson, who remains the club's number two goalkeeper.


"We've developed that idea over the past couple of years, with a bright lime and green design last year, and have enjoyed working with O'Neills to come up with these designs which we hope will be effective on the pitch and also be popular for fans who'd like to buy the replica versions."


Such lively strips cannot go unpunished in these days of social media, and fans of all clubs took to Twitter to express their opinions on the elaborate designs and colour palettes:

We imagine plenty of other clubs' supporters will think twice about commenting on their own teams' new strips for the rest of the summer!