Getting your kids to play soccer – equipment requirements

Kids can benefit in several ways when they play soccer. The exercise that they get during practice and at games will provide them with healthy benefits that can last throughout their lives. You rarely see kids with weight problems playing team sports, and those that do tend to lose the extra pounds by the end of the season. Soccer can also teach kids the skills the need to succeed in life. They will learn how to play and work with others as a team, along with hopefully learning the qualities associated with good sportsmanship. Some kids are even lucky enough to make friends with teammates that last for years.


If this sounds like something you want for your kid then there is some gear you need to purchase to ensure your child is safe on the field. Having the right equipment can also help your child be a better player. Here is a brief list of the gear kids need if they want to play on a soccer team.


  1. Socks and  Shin Guards


When you are looking for a pair of socks you need to make sure that they are designed for soccer players. This is often required for kids to play on a regulation field. The socks are also commonly used to hold the shin guards in place or to keep them from rubbing uncomfortably against your child’s skin.


Shin guards are a required piece of equipment and you will be glad that your child is wearing them after their first practice. Kicks and hits to the shins are common, whether your kid is an advanced player or just starting out. I can’t tell how how many times I’ve seen a soccer player injured just because he was too lazy to put his shin guards on. There are two types of shin guards for kids to choose from, and the best one usually depends on what feels comfortable to them.


  1. Cleats


You simply can’t play soccer without a pair of cleats, and parents are always happy to learn that not all are constructed from metal. Hard rubber cleats are usually recommended for kids since they will still provide plenty of traction, while minimizing the risk of injury. Rubber cleats are usually priced a little lower, which parents also appreciate. When your kids are trying on a pair of cleats it is best that they do so while wearing their socks to ensure they get a secure and comfortable fit.



  1. Clothes


Even though most teams do supply uniforms to the players, your kids still need clothes to practice in. You do want to remember that they will get dirty, and mud and grass stains are a sign that your kids had a good practice. Loose fitting long or short sleeve t-shirts are standard during practice, along with athletic shorts. You want their clothes to be comfortable and loose fitting so they can easily move around on the field. If you aren’t sure you can always ask a sales clerk for advice at your local sporting goods store or get recommendations from your child’s coach.