Sportswear company Under Armour has signed an agreement to become the exclusive official outfitter for the University of Maryland's athletics teams.

Starting from 1 January next year, Under Armour will provide uniforms, apparel and footwear to 27 varsity sports, including football, plus men's and women's basketball, lacrosse and soccer.

The company had previous agreements with the university's football, men's soccer and men's lacrosse teams.

The five-year, US$17.5m deal covers an annual product allowance, as well as a rights fee, marketing entitlements, event tickets, and retail licensing rights. The contract includes two one-year options.

"The University of Maryland is a perfect match for the Under Armour brand with a rich heritage in performance and undeniable spirit to be the best," said Kevin Plank, Under Armour chairman and CEO, and Maryland graduate.

"Maryland has a tremendous, loyal fan base right in our own back yard, and we believe this partnership will have an immediate positive impact for our brand and the top-level athletic programme at the university."