Soccer Equipment

Everything you need for the soccer pitch

A major part of the reason for soccer being the world's most popular sport is the relatively modest amount of equipment you need to play it. The basic equipment you need includes soccer balls and soccer cleats. Goalkeepers generally wear a little more equipment than position players do, but even their needs are quickly and easily taken care of. Soccer is a game you can enjoy without spending a lot of money, and it provides an excellent workout and a great way to stay fit.

Sizing Soccer Shoes

When it comes to finding the right size soccer cleats, use all the same rules you would for a regular pair of shoes. Try both the left and the right cleat on, tie them up tightly and walk around the store to make sure you feel comfortable in them. They should be neither too tight nor too loose; a snug fit that keeps your foot firmly in place is ideal.

Soccer shoes can take some time to break in, so you may want to wear them casually before using them in a game or a soccer practice. They have harder outer shells, which help you kick the ball more powerfully, which means they can take some time to adjust to your foot.

Additional Soccer Equipment

The only other piece of formal equipment that most soccer players wear is shin pads. Soccer cleats have pointy teeth on their soles, and during battles for loose balls, you can injure yourself if you get kicked in the shin. All position players -- forwards, midfielders and defenders -- need to wear shin pads to prevent their legs from getting bruised and cut during the course of a game.

If you're interested in playing goal, you will also need a pair of goalie gloves. These are typically made of leather, with pliable rubber grips on the palms to help you grasp the ball more easily when you catch it. Other than a long-sleeved jersey, which goaltenders usually wear to distinguish themselves from the other players on their team, you won't need any additional equipment to play the game's most important position.