The A–Z on Soccer shoes (cleats), shin guards and uniforms.
The right shoes (cleats) are the most essential piece of equipment for any soccer player. The type of shoe your child needs completely depends on the type of field on which he or she will be playing. It’s a good idea to check with the coach or league before purchasing your child's soccer shoes, as certain facilities will only allow play with certain shoes.
Natural turf fields require cleats with molded plastic soles dotted with studs that give the players traction. The shape and size of the studs varies from blade-like to conical, depending on the firmness of the field.
Require a special type of cleat called a turf shoe. Turf shoes have hard rubber soles with a pattern of small studs. They can also be used for hard outdoor surfaces.
Require shoes with flat, rubber soles. They are designed to be non-marking, so they don't damage the court surface. (Bonus: they also double as very fashionable street wear!)
Shinguards protect the lower leg from injury with a hard outer casing over a soft interior. The guard that covers at least 75% of your child’s shin. Guards come in three styles:
A typical soccer uniform consists of a jersey, shorts and socks. The cost of a uniform is included in many league fees. If you're buying a uniform on your own, be sure to check with your coach or league regarding styles, colors or other requirements.
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