Youth Soccer Equipment

The youth soccer equipment your child needs to play soccer. To participate in soccer we recommend the following soccer gear.

Soccer requires the simplest of gear, however, the equipment can be quite confusing if your new to the game. hopefully, this page will give you a solid foundation on the soccer gear your youth needs to play.

Soccer Socks:
The socks are just as important as the shin guards because they will keep the shin guard in place and when your child participates in any league it will be a requirement.



Shin Guards:
The most important piece of youth soccer equipment is shin guards. This needs to be comfortable and simple. The three most common types of shin guards on the market today are to the left. The first is the sock and shin guard already together, the second is the shin guard with ankle support, and the last is a one strap shin guard without ankle support. If you buy the first, you don't need a sock since it already has one. The other two need a long sock to go over the shin guard to keep it in place. The sock and shin guard makes it easy for you as a parent but sometimes they are hard to find in small sizes and you need to make sure you consistently wash them (they can get quite nasty). I don't think kids under 7 years old need the ankle support. It can be uncomfortable and a hassle to put on small little legs (if you can't find small ones for your child cut the ankle part out and convert it into just the guard that you can slip into the long sock). The third simple shin guard makes it easy to slip on quickly. Just make sure you get the long socks or it does not stay on. The shin guard is the most important piece of equipment so make sure it's comfortable and secure. 

Cleats

The cleats above are baseball and American football cleats. They are completely different than soccer cleats in many ways. The most important being functionality. These cleats aren't made to make contact with ball only to keep traxion on the field.

The pair of cleats to the left are true soccer cleats. simple with molded cleats made from leather or synthetic leather. The other two are football and baseball cleats. I have seen many kids come out to to the field with baseball or football cleats and I cringe because every time they kick it's with their toe. The reason they use their toe is because both football and baseball cleats are bulky and have studs at the toe with extra leather covering. This facilitates toe kicking and does not allow the child to fully point the toe down. The soccer cleat is narrow almost pointy at the toe. With football and baseball cleats there is a bigger kick with the toe and facilitates a very bad habit! So please make sure to get some simple soccer cleats. Shoes or sneakers with rubber toes will prevent your child from getting touch on the ball and will facilitate toe kicking. If you don't have proper equipment make sure the shoes are not heavy at the toe.


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This is what your child should look like with shin guard and long sock together.