Soccer Equipment Guide
Proper soccer equipment is a requirement for all players. Leagues and school teams will not allow players to participate without it.
Most importantly, equipment provides players with the tools they need to play soccer efficiently and safely.
Soccer Equipment List
Cleats or turfs:
Soccer players should play in soccer turfs or cleats, special shoes made exclusively for soccer (make sure you don’t purchase baseball or football cleats) with spikes on the bottom. These shoes provide better traction on grass, which increases player’s ability to stay on their feet.
Usually younger kids are limited to turf shoes, but when a player gets older, he is allowed to wear cleats. Players should switch to cleats when they are old enough (this is determined by your club).
Soccer socks are extremely long and cover shin-guards. Most leagues provide these with your uniform, but some require players to purchase them separately.
Shin-guards protect player’s shins, a vulnerable part of a player’s body that often gets kicked.
You should purchase one at a reasonable size and thickness. The shinguards should efficiently protect the player’s shins and fit securely in their soccer socks.
Some coaches provide soccer balls and others don’t.
Either way, purchasing a soccer ball is highly recommended as it allows players to train individually.
Soccer balls come in sizes, 3, 4 and 5. Each age group requires a different size Check with your local league to see which size you need
It is important for every player to stay hydrated during games and practices.
Some coaches provide water, but many don’t. Therefore, players should have their own water.
Purchasing a water bottle is a good investment. Otherwise, you can purchase bottled water or sports drinks. Multiple drinks are required for practices and games.
Before you start playing, you should familiarize yourself with the rules of soccer.
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