Summer 2021

How to Choose Soccer Equipment

Shin Guards

Your position on the field will help determine what type of shin guards you need to protect yourself from tackles, knocks, and kicks. 

Defense: Players on defence typically require a shin pad that has the ultimate level of protection. Excellent shin coverage and extra ankle protection helps soccer players defend against offensive attacks.

Midfielders: Midfield players need shin guards that are durable enough for defensive play and flexible enough for offensive attacks. A rounded shin guard will offer the best of both worlds – solid protection and a lightweight design.

Forwards: For forwards, speed and agility is key. Look for lightweight shin guards that don’t compromise on protection. Minimalist design and lightweight pads will enable forward to be quick on their feet.

Goalies: Goalkeepers typically do not engage in as much physical contact as other positions, so their needs are different. Look for lightweight shin guards that offer minimal interference. Like forwards, this lightweight protection will keep goalies agile and quick on their feet.

Ankle Shin Guards: Added ankle protectors on shin guards provide high coverage protection and are recommended for all players at any skill level. Enhanced padding on both sides of the foot helps shield it against kicks. 

Slip-In Shin Guards: Slip-ins offer lightweight, basic protection without stirrups or closures, providing better mobility and allowing the foot to have a full range of motion. They come with a set of compression sleeve that help hold the slip-ins in place, but do not offer any ankle protection. 

Cleats or Flat Soles?

Typically, cleats are used for outdoor and turf surfaces, and flat soles are used for indoor soccer or gym use.

The upper portion of your soccer shoe is what contacts the ball. Because uppers are available in synthetic and natural materials, or a combination of both. It’s important to try cleats on for comfort and to see how well you can maneuver the ball. Synthetic uppers are the best choice for inclement weather, as they tend to be more water-resistant. They are also easy to clean and dry.

Boot Fit: Most soccer players prefer their cleats to fit a little tighter than other footwear for maximum control of the ball. Make sure you on lots of different sizes to help find your perfect fit.

No matter what boots you choose, you should always be sure to dry your shoes out after playing in wet or adverse weather. Let them breathe outside of your soccer bag and you can even stuff newspaper in them to help in the drying process.

Boot Construction

Typically, cleats are used for outdoor and turf surfaces, and flat soles are used for indoor soccer or gym use.

The upper portion of your soccer shoe is what contacts the ball. Because uppers are available in synthetic and natural materials, or a combination of both. It’s important to try cleats on for comfort and to see how well you can maneuver the ball. Synthetic uppers are the best choice for inclement weather, as they tend to be more water-resistant. They are also easy to clean and dry.

Boot Fit: Most soccer players prefer their cleats to fit a little tighter than other footwear for maximum control of the ball. Make sure you on lots of different sizes to help find your perfect fit.

No matter what boots you choose, you should always be sure to dry your shoes out after playing in wet or adverse weather. Let them breathe outside of your soccer bag and you can even stuff newspaper in them to help in the drying process.

Soccer Accessories

Soccer Socks: Soccer socks are reinforced at the heel and toe and are lightweight

Gear Bag: A gear bag will help you protect, store, and organize your equipment

Kick Trainer: A kick trainer will help you maximize touches without chasing a ball.

Marker cones: High visibility markers will help you outline your practice space.

Soccer nets: A soccer net can help you practice preventing goals and scoring.

Air pump and needle:
An air pump with a needle will help you inflate your soccer ball to the appropriate size when necessary.

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