Get Into Gear - Soccer Shoes & Training Equipment
Have you seen a pro soccer player wearing soccer shoes you want to wear?
Want to wear the same soccer cleats that the pros are wearing? Take a look at the list of what shoes the pros are wearing in the boot room.
Whether it's new soccer cleats, soccer balls, bags, sweat suits, uniforms, socks, goalkeeper equipment or other soccer gear, here you'll find information on where to buy it and how to go about select the right type of soccer gear.
Once you have your list, go through each item and figure out the criteria by which you’ll judge whether you really need it, and which one is best for you. Here are some things to consider:
Soccer ball. Think about which size you prefer. Usually, players over 12 use size 5, while children between 8 and 12 use size 4 and those under 8 use size 3. Remember that regulation balls have a stamp that reads “official size and weight” or “FIFA approved.” Keep in mind that while regulated balls might be more expensive, unregulated balls can sometimes be hard, heavy and uncomfortable to use. Many beginners prefer a softer ball and some advanced players favor a hard ball.
Trivia: The first soccer balls were made from animal bladders filled with air. Now they’re made from rubber and leather. They’ve come a long way!
Cleats. Don’t skimp on your soccer shoes— poorly made shoes or shoes that are too tight can harm your foot. Also, if you're not wearing the right cleats it could mean a slip, fall, and injury later. Shop around. Try on the shoes with your soccer socks and make sure they fit snugly. Loose shoes mean blisters once you start cutting and moving around in a game.
At the same time though, your soccer shoes shouldn't be so tight that your toes are squeezing up against the front when you stand regularly. Beginning and intermediate players can get away with cleats made from synthetic materials, which will be less expensive and last longer, but leather is the way to go for advanced players. Really, if you're a serious soccer player it's better just to get the leather shoes since they'll stretch and conform to your foot better.
- Some soccer shoes have detachable cleats.
- Indoor soccer shoes will look more like running shoes and don’t need cleats.
- There are also turf shoes, which don't have studs but will give you some traction if you're playing on a field wear the grass is short.
- Take care of your soccer shoes.
- Cleats now come in all colors, pick the ones that best fit your personality. However, if you're wearing some colorful cleats then you better have the skills to back up the bright colors on your feet.
Shin guards. Look for protective shin guards that are strong and durable. Remember that no matter how skillful you are, you will get kicked in the shins, so choose your shin guards wisely. Try them on with your soccer socks and cleats. See if they cover your leg from your ankle to the bottom of your knee. Do they fit comfortably? Can you run, jump, and kick easily with them on?
Socks. In addition to personalizing your uniform, socks have the important job of holding your shin guards in place. Find pairs that fit well and stay in place without affecting your circulation. Since socks in general are inexpensive, shop for the highest-quality pair you can afford. And maybe think about purchasing some soccer socks that stretch a bit in case you want to pull them up over your knees like Neymar...
Goalkeeper shorts. These have extra padding and are longer than typical shorts, both of which serve to protect a player from the excessive bruising and cuts that goalkeepers are more susceptible to. An alternative is to wear pants, which can also be padded and will cover more of your legs.
Gloves. Goalkeepers wear gloves to prevent the force of catching the ball from scratching their skin or injuring their fingers. Choose gloves that are strong, durable, and flexible, and they’ll serve you well for an entire season.
Indoor Soccer Shoes. It's a good idea to purchase a pair of indoor shoes. Often, you can use molded cleats on the turf at many indoor facilities, but to prevent injuries and for the health of your feet, it's wise to buy a pair of flat soled shoes to use when playing indoor.
TIP: Remember that keeping your gear and equipment in good condition is just as important as choosing it. Keep your stuff clean and away from unnecessary wear and tear. Take good care of your gear and it’ll take good care of you!