When you start playing soccer, what are the pieces of equipment you’ll need?

 

 

Although soccer is a simple game that can be enjoyed using considerably little equipment, if you are to do more than kick a ball around in the grass with your friends, you have to invest in the right gear to properly represent your team during formal games. With the right collection of soccer gear, you can ultimately play better while being protected from injury or harm, since soccer is as much a physical sport as it is a great way to spend leisure time.

 

Nice gear for ladies

 

The soccer ball and goal

There’s a wide array of soccer balls on the market, varying both in quality and cost. It is best to invest in a medium-to-high quality soccer ball if you intend to play the sport quite frequently. A cheap ball is only good on the pocket but will easily get worn out or torn considering the amount and intensity of kicking it is going to get on the field. Besides, a good quality soccer ball offers long-term use so you basically get what you pay for. Do think about the feel and weight of the soccer ball as well. Hard balls are preferred by some seasoned players while softer balls are what beginners can grow from on their way to the big leagues.

Soccer play that is not conducted on an actual soccer field will have to be done using an improvised goal. Cones can serve as markers during quick, non-formal games, but they can be quite limited in functionality. Look for something mobile and small, such as a lightweight goal frame.

The soccer apparel

You can opt for either short-sleeved or long-sleeved soccer shirts. Regardless of the design, you’ll want the shirt to be made of durable material, since there will be instances of pulling and falling during play and the shirt has to be strong against ripping and tearing. For informal games, you have the option on what to wear, but real soccer teams are given their very own team shirt. Since pants can restrict free movement during the rough-and-tumble of soccer play, shorts offer a better option, as they keep you cool while allowing free mobility.

 

The soccer footwear

The choice of soccer shoes largely depends on the playing surface. Soccer cleats are the perfect choice for playing on grass fields since the cleats provide the needed grip against the soft surface. Lose the cleats when playing on artificial grass or hard surfaces. You can also use indoor soccer shoes when playing on hard surfaces.

You will also need a good pair of soccer socks. You want strong and thick socks that shield your feet from blisters. Some soccer players even put on two pairs of socks since the double layer reduces friction due to rubbing of the soles and ankles against the shoes. Look for long socks, ideally reaching up to the knees to hold the shin guards in place.

 
The soccer protective gear

Strapped around your lower leg, shin guards shield your shins against injury and excruciating pain due to accidental kicks, impacts or cuts. Remember how soccer can easily progress to rough-and-tumble play, so your shins are vulnerable to the wayward cleats of an opponent or even a teammate. The shin guards should be lightweight yet offer effective protection and should be worn regardless of your age or playing ability. I don’t venture into the field without them. I have had to play goalkeeper a few times, so I had to get myself a pair of quality goalkeeper gloves to provide a good grip on the ball and to protect my hands when I need to punch or catch the ball.

 

 

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