The Basics of Soccer Attire
- by Teresa Bricker
- April 22, 2022
- 2 min read
Soccer is a simple sport. If you’re playing at a local park, all you need is a ball, two nets, and a group of people ready to compete.
It’s also a ton of fun. There’s a reason why it’s the most popular sport in the entire world.
However, if you’re going to play soccer competitively, there are some other items that you’ll need to pick up. For those who are unfamiliar with soccer attire, here are the items that make up a proper soccer uniform.
A proper pair of soccer cleats are the most important part of your soccer attire. They provide support, stability, and protection.
Soccer cleats should fit you snug, but not too tight. If they’re too loose, you’ll lack the stability necessary to play soccer at a high level, since there are constant quick bursts of movement and turning on a dime. A nice, snug fit contributes to your ability to control the ball as well. Soccer cleats are often sized a little bigger than shoes, meaning that you may end up wearing a size smaller than your shoes. However, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. It’s always best to try them on before settling on a pair.
The materials used in your soccer cleats are important as well. The upper parts of your cleats can be made from leather, synthetic, or knit material. Leathers are highly-sought after, but they do tend to be a little more expensive. Leather is more durable, molds well to your foot, and is thinner, providing better ball touch. Synthetics and knit are usually less expensive and are lighter than leather, but you may sacrifice in other areas, such as comfort or ball control.
Socks are far more simple than cleats. In soccer, players use long socks rather than short ones. This is mainly to hold shin guards in place while also protecting your feet from blisters.
Soccer socks do come in different sizes, though. You’ll need to consult a chart from the brand you intend to use to find your size. These are based on shoe size.
Unlike tennis, where there’s usually a dress code, any shorts can be worn for soccer. You’ll want to go with a pair that fits well with breathability and flexibility.
Some companies make shorts that are designated as “soccer shorts”. However, there isn’t much of a difference between these shorts and normal athletic shorts. Soccer shorts are sometimes made with more durable materials and are more elastic to allow for more free movement.
Gloves are only important for those who want to play goalkeeper.
Catching a hard kick barehanded can be painful, especially when it’s cold outside. A good pair of soccer gloves will protect your hands from the ball’s impact.
Gloves also provide additional grip when catching the ball for a save. This might not seem like much, but if the field is a little wet, the ball can become incredibly slippery. One wrong move could lead to a bad goal. With gloves, you’ll have additional grip and likely won’t accidentally drop the ball or miss a catch.