Important Equipment for Youth in Soccer

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How can you figure out what your child requires? The first place to look is the league in which she competes. Leagues usually post uniforms, the types of cleats required, the sizes of soccer balls used at various levels, and any other equipment requirements. It is essential to first review league rules to ensure that any of the soccer equipment you purchase is legal.

Some Of The Basic Youth Soccer Equipment Are Listed Below

• Soccer Cleats- Soccer cleats, also known as “boots” in the United Kingdom, are similar to baseball or softball cleats, but they are shorter and made of rubber (metal cleats are not allowed). A child does not even need soccer shoes until he or she is 8 or 9 years old, and would be fine in any athletic shoe as long as it fits well and provides enough support () Never tie your child’s laces around his or her ankles.

• A pair of shin guards.-Soccer is, undoubtedly, a contact sport. According to a recent report, shin guards help reduce the risk of injury to the shin (tibia), the third-most common part of the body to be injured while playing soccer.

• Water Bottles- Even in cold weather, experts encourage your child to drink water, preferably sports drinks, before, during, and after practices and games to prevent dehydration or worse, heat illness. Depending on weight, your child should have his or her own customized water bottle and be reminded to drink 5 to 9 ounces (10 to 18 1/2 ounce “gulps”) of water every 20 minutes during play (Teenagers should drink more)

• Uniform-  Team shirts or full uniforms usually are provided free of cost.

• Shorts and socks- Long socks are needed to cover your child’s shin guards.

• T-shirts and shorts for practice

• Soccer Ball- For at-home practice. Keep in mind that soccer balls come in various sizes. Ensure you have the correct size ball for your child’s games and activities.

• Goalkeeper gloves- If your child wants to play goalkeeper, you can get him or her a pair of goalkeeper gloves. These unique gloves are made to protect the wrists while allowing the fingers to move freely.

Some Of The Other Extra Items Are:

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• Warm sweatshirt and sweatpants

• Hooded Rain jacket  to wear under the team jersey if it starts to rain during a game

• Turtleneck shirts to wear under team jerseys 

• Spandex pants to wear under shorts if your child is playing in a cooler environment

• Athletic bag to carry equipment and help you and your child stay organized

• Cones and collapsible targets for at-home practice.


 When purchasing soccer equipment, it is a good idea to strike a balance between quality and price. To keep your child healthy, you do not need to buy the most costly soccer equipment. Soccer is an inexpensive sport since high-quality equipment is available at various price points. Since children grow so fast that purchasing high-end, expensive equipment is also a waste of money since she will soon outgrow it

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