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Youth Soccer Gear: Basic Needs

  • Soccer cleats. Soccer cleats, or what the English call "boots," are like baseball or softball cleats but the cleats are short and made of rubber (metal cleats are not allowed). Note: shoes which have been handed down too many times may become unstable and no longer capable of providing the support a young player needs). Remember, your kids grow out of shoes fast, so check often to see if it is time to replace their shoes. Also, never tie your child's laces around their ankles.
  • Shin Guards. Soccer is definitely a contact sport. Shin guards help reduce the chance of injury to the shin (tibia).
  • Water bottle. Experts advise your child to drink fluids, preferably sports drinks, before, during and after practices and games, even in the cold weather, to avoid dehydration, or worse yet, heat illness. Your child should have his or her own personalized water bottle and needs to be reminded to drink 5 to 9 ounces (10 to 18 1/2 ounce "gulps") every 20 minutes during activity, depending on weight (Teenagers should drink more. Younger children should be given water bottles with marks on the sides showing how much they should drink each time or told how many "gulps" to drink. 
  • Uniform. Team shirts or full uniforms are usually provided. The cost is included in the registration fee.
  • Socks and Shorts. You'll need to buy long socks to cover your child's shin guards. Our club colors are white and green.
  • Soccer ball. For practicing at home. Remember: soccer balls come in different sizes. Make sure to get the size ball your child is using in games and practices. Soccer balls come in the following official sizes: 

    Size 5: Ages 12 and up 
    Size 4: Ages 8 and 12 years 
    Size 3: Under 8 years 
    Size 2 and 1: Promotional soccer balls

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