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Adidas Copa Mundial Soccer Cleats

Adidas Copa Soccer Cleats are arguably the most iconic soccer cleats known to mankind. The biggest reason for it's iconic status is that the copas were at one point basically the ONLY soccer shoe competing with Puma. It wasn't until the late 70s and 80s that Nike came along. 

Back in the early days of soccer,  Adidas or Puma were the reigning kings of soccer cleats for boys and girls, men and women. There were not many styles available since TV wasn't a popular and print media was just getting started. 

Adidas started manufacturing the Copa Mundial Soccer cleats in 1979 and then later put them on display at the 1982 World Cup. 

Copa Mundial Cleats are special

How Special are the Adidas Men's Copa Mundial Soccer Cleats? Well the adidas shoes are still the most widely used and sold when compared to any other soccer cleat. If that's not enough, the greats such as Maradona, Zidane, and Beckenbauer also wore the famous copa mundials. Their quaility and design are so special that FIFA uses the copas as the official soccer cleats for referees. 

There have been a few variations since 1979, but the quality and design remains superior to that of any other soccer cleat. Adidas came out with a white and blue color copa cleats in 2013 (Adidas Men's Copa Mundial 18.3 fg soccer cleats). Still made near Frakfurt, Germany, the adidas boots are made with kangaroo leather. It also boasts a reinforced heel panel and twelve-stud outsole design, with some extra leather in the heal for support.

How do Adidas Copa Mundial cleats feel?

Well i've owned 3 different pairs over the past 20 years. What you need to know is that many soccer shoe companies will sacrifice quality for design and style. Since soccer companies are there to sell cleats, they must give into the demands of the market. Kids want the coolest and most popular colors and designs, and that's what sells. 

However the Adidas Copa Cleats offer all of it. A classic style and design, with superior quality and comfort. This is one reason they've never changed it much, it's too good to change! 

From my experience in owning 3 seperate pairs, I can tell you that the feel of wearing Copa Mundial Soccer Cleats is amazing. The shoes are very light but offer incredible support becuase of the kangaroo leather.

They last forever because they are sewn at the bottom of the sole, not glued on like the rest of the cleats of today. The soft kangaroo leather gives you a feel that the shoe is wrapped around your foot, you almost feel barefoot.  But in order to take advantage of all this, you have to know how to care for kangaroo leather cleats. 

How to Care for Adidas Copa Mundial Soccer Cleats

Although advances have been made to improve synthetic leather cleats, the Kangaroo Leather has long been a go-to leather for premium soccer cleats because it is strong and lightweight.  A great player's soccer shoes require some flexibility and strength, which is a benefit of kangaroo leather. 

However, you also need to realize that because the copa mundials are made of leather, you need to care for them correctly to maintain the quality and so they last longer. 

We strongly recommend that you polish the kangaroo leather soccer cleats with a traditional shoe polish before wearing or using them. First remove the laces so that you don't get polish on them. Then apply the shoe polish according to the instructions of the specific manufacturer. The shoe polish will soften the leather and provide a shield that makes the cleats water-resistant. 

At first the kangaroo leather will seem stiff, but you should wear the cleats around the house, allowing the leather to soften and mold to your foot. You can also rub them with your hands and soften the leather up. This is one of the advantages of the kangaroo leather copas. 

After wearing the cleats for games or practice, you should consider cleaning them. Just a simple wash cloth is enough to get some of the dirt off. Dirt is known to pull moisture out of the leather, making it vulnerable to cracking. Make sure you don't use soap, which may damage the leather or dry it out. Just stick to the warm water wash cloth.

Sometimes you can't control if your shoes get soaked, like rain during games or practice, so your copa Mundials will get wet at some point. You should consider letting the cleats set in a spot that is well ventilated. Do not set it in front of a heater or other heat source to dry as this may crack the leather.

A great idea is to place rolled up newspapers or cloth inside to absorb the moisture. Once thoroughly dry, polish the kangaroo leather to keep it protected and soft. 

Soften and condition the kangaroo leather Copa Mundials with mink oil, leather food, or another product designed to condition leather.  Please make sure you follow the manufacturers instructions. 

Finally, make sure you store the kangaroo leather Copa Cleats in a well ventilated area so the air can move through the shoes. Moist shoes stored in an airtight container can develop mold or become stiff.

This seems like a lot of work, but once you get a good process down, it's pretty quick. These procedures of caring for your leather soccer cleats will ensure that they last a long time. Once they mold to your feet, you will wish they could last forever!

 

 

 

 

Adidas Copa Mundial FG for Men and Women Soccer Cleats

The legendary Copa Mundial soccer cleats are mae of 100% Leather and everything else we described above.

  • Synthetic sole
  • Legendary soccer cleats for stability on firm natural ground
  • Leather upper with premium K-leather in the forefoot for comfort and flexibility
  • Die-cut EVA midsole for lightweight comfort
  • Soft, durable synthetic lining. Lace closure

Adidas Copa Mundial Turf Soccer Shoes

The Turf Copa Mundial shoes are made of 100% Kangaroo Leather and offer the same quality and style as the Copa Mundial cleats. We love the split-suede leather abrasion patch for durability and forefoot support. This gives it a great but different look from the competition. 

  • Shaft measures approximately low-top" from arch
  • Split-suede leather upper
  • Synthetic lining for comfort
  • Die-cut EVA insole for lightweight comfort
  • Pre-molded EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • TRAXION outsole for maximum grip in all directions

Adidas Indoor Soccer Futsal Shoe

Made of Synthetic Leather, unlike the copa mundial shoes, but very similar in style. Split-suede leather upper, not kangaroo but still very good quality shoes for those who absolutely gotta have the Copa Mundials. We love the split-suede leather abrasion patch for durability and forefoot support. This gives it a great but different look. 

  • Synthetic lining for comfort
  • Die-cut EVA insole for lightweight comfort
  • Non-marking gum rubber outsole for excellent grip on all indoor surfaces
  • Soft and durable synthetic lining for excellent comfort

Conclusion:

The adidas Copa Mundial Soccer cleats are perhaps the most widely recognized shoes on the planet due to it's longevity. The quality and design continue to impress old and new soccer players. Many new designs and technology may come and go, but these soccer cleats are here to stay. 

One factor that could potentially put them at risk is the use of kangaroo leather. It will be interesting to see how much longer they continue to use it. they have started using synthetic leather as well. 

Best Messi Soccer Cleats Shoes

Messi Soccer Shoes 2019, 2020

Messi is a quiet person off the pitch, unlike his game on the soccer field. Adidas has managed to design Messi's soccer cleats the same as his personality, Classic, quality, and with an impeccable performance.

In this article we will examine Messi's best soccer shoes for youth soccer players. We will focus on the newest releases since we are looking to help you make the best deicision when purchasing your child's Messi football cleats.  

Adidas Kids' Nemeziz Messi 19.4 Soccer Shoes

We love this simple yet powerful design of the Messi Nemeziz. Adidas claims that it's a commitment that skills should be about wins, not likes. They are trying to explain that skill and talent are not about hype and social media, or marketing (although that's what they do, lol).

But they want you to know that if you are looking for a shoe with impeccable performance and you're ready to carry your team to victory, then soccer cleat is for you.

With Messi's logo on the outsole, the soft synthetic upper on these juniors' soccer cleats fits your foot shape to keep you comfortable as you weave your Messi magic. 

  • 100% Synthetic
  • White/Solar Red/Football Blue
  • Juniors' soccer cleats designed for firm ground and artificial grass
  • Lace closure; Regular fit
  • Soft synthetic upper
  • Mono-tongue construction molds to your foot shape
  • Offer sizes for Toddlers and Older kids


 

 

 

Messi New Soccer Shoes

Adidas comes out with Messi Youth Soccer Cleats every year and this one was no different. They offer several different various of youth soccer shoes for boys and girls that are big fans of Messi.

The new Messi Nemeziz kids soccer cleats come in two more colors, Pink and Solar Red. You can view both to the right. The Pink Messi soccer cleats may be a good option for your daughter. 

Messi Nemeziz Indoor Soccer and Futsal Shoe

What we love about the Messi Nemeziz indoor soccer shoes is the soft finish on the synthetic leather. For young kids especially, indoor soccer and futsal shoes can be difficult to fit, but this finish helps with the fit and feel. 

Adidas have designed a simple white soccer shoe for indoor play. The shoes can also be worn on a futsal court since they have a flat sole. The flat sole allows players to play on turf and on a hard court like in Futsal.

  • 100% Synthetic
  • White/Solar Red/Football Blue
  • Juniors' indoor shoes  designed for Futsal and artificial grass
  • Lace closure; Regular fit
  • Soft synthetic upper
  • Mono-tongue construction molds to your foot shape

Nemeziz Messi 19.3 Turf Soccer Shoe for kids

Ok, so you reviewed the Messi Indoor Soccer and Futsal shoes. You also took a look at the outdoor grass Messi cleats, not lets take at the turf shoes. Although you could also use the flat indoor shoes on turf, some may choose to buy the turf shoes.

These are specifically  made for turf and a hard outdoor ground. However you will struggle if used inside of a hard surface like futsal court. 

The turf soccer Messi shoes are different from indoor soccer shoes in that they have small rubberized spikes on the sole of the shoe. This is what is used as traction for turfs, weather it's inside or outside.

These rubber spikes will get less traction on a court. They could also be used instead of cleats on a hard dry ground, one that lacks much grass. 

Turf Soccer Shoes Features:

  • 100% Synthetic 
  • Optimized for artificial turf
  • Lace closure; Enhances Regular fit
  • Soft synthetic upper
  • Anti-abrasion rubber outsole for traction on artificial turf
  • Numerous sizes for kids, toddlers

New Messi Soccer Latest Soccer Cleats

The newest and latest that Adidas and Messi have to offer. Adidas holds nothing back when creating the soccer cleats for the best goal scorer of all time. 

Just like youth Messi soccer shoes, the adult cleats are quality, classical, and impeccable performance on the field. The Nemeziz adult shoes can get more expensive as the quality of the finish improves.  

Messi Nemeziz 18.1 FG Adult Soccer Cleats

Some premium shoes for the serious soccer athlete. The Nemeziz 18.1 are inspired by sports taping and mimics the athletic taping for a true fit. The Agility Bandage gives you support plus total mobility for optimal play and performance. 


Features:

  • Synthetic
  • Responsive touch; Dual lock collar for ankle stability
  • Agility Weave forefoot provides a direct touch on the ball
  • Lightweight Messi Gambetrax 2.0 outsole leaves Messi's unique footprint



The Messi Nemeziz 19.3 Adult Soccer Cleats

The 19.3 Nemeziz cleats are an improved version from the 18.3s that came out in the previous year.

These offer a few more designs like the White, Blue, Black, and Pink, but also continue wiht the great performance on the field. 

Conclusion

Adidas is one of the largest Sports apparel companies in the world and they have the best soccer player in the world under contract. When you buy a pair of Messi Nemeziz soccer cleats for your son or daughter, you are purchasing the best that Adidas has to offer in terms of design and quality and performance. They cannot afford to miss the opportunity to put their brand name next to the icon Lionel Messi. 

They offer several designs, colors, and types of soccer shoes to meet your child's needs, including indoor soccer shoes, outdoor soccer cleats, indoor futsal flat shoes, and even turf shoes for kids and adults. 

Additional Reading: Adidas Messi Soccer Ball Reviews

Best Toddler Soccer Cleats 2020

Toddler soccer is fascinating. Sometimes you are not really sure what you are watching, but there are few things more satisfying than watching your young toddler out on the soccer field enjoying the game. 

The funny part is that every single player, including Maradona and Ronaldo, all started this same way. We can all dream with them as to what the future will bring. But for now, toddler soccer is all about swarming the ball like bees. You have to admit though, thos soccer loving toddlers are adorable!! 

Before you set out to the field, you gotta get your toddler his first pair of soccer cleats. Although every pair of toddler soccer cleats are the cutest things you've ever seen, it's important to remember that choosing the right soccer shoe is still important. At this age, it's not really about performance, but more about comfort and safety.

In this article we will review some of the best toddler soccer cleats shoes of 2019. We will also cover some topics that may impact your decision to purchase the correct soccer shoe for your young youth soccer star. 

How to Choose the Right Pair of Toddler Soccer Cleats

Comfort

The most important part of a toddler's soccer cleat is the comfortability. Let me tell you from experience, if your son or daughter is not comfortable in their soccer shoes, you won't make it to the soccer field!! Toddlers like loose fitting shoes. Although as adults we are used to wearing tight fitting cleats to optimize performance, the young kids have no idea what that is and don't really care. They just want to feel good. So make sure you buy a pair of soccer cleats that are loose fitting. 

The second part of choosing the correct loose fitting soccer cleat is that they will eventually grow into them anyway. Since the kids are growing rapidly, don't put too much emphasis into buying perfect fitting soccer shoes at this stage. Just make sure they are comfortable and you will make it to the field on time. 

Safety

Safety is also critical when buy the perfect toddler soccer cleat. When we refer to safety, we mean the type of shoe it is. If they will be outdoors, then they can wear some rubberized soles with rubber spikes. Make sure they are not metal.... although I don't think they make them metal. But just rubber cleats are fine, don't worry too much about performance at this stage. 

Also related to safety, make sure the soccer shoe laces stay tied. The shoe laces should be made of good material to stay when tied. Althoug we mentioned buying one or 1/2 size cleats bigger, make sure they are not too big as this could cause the toddlers to trip and fall.  

Style

Style is the last factor in determining the type of soccer cleats for your toddler. The only reason we mention style in toddler soccer is because kids can be very picky sometimes. If they found a color or style they like, and they WANT to wear them, then definitely go with the cleats your child chooses. 

For toddlers to develop their soccer skills, they have to want to spend time on the field and want to play and practice. Anything you can do as a parent to encourage them is a plus! So if they want Yellow or Pink soccer cleats, then buy those so they get to the soccer field feeling like a million bucks! Just like us as adults, when we feel good, we play good! 

Little Boys Toddler Soccer Shoes  Size Chart 

US
UK
Heel to toe
(inches)
10.5
10
6.5
11
10.5
6.7
11.5
11
6.9
12
11.5
7.0
12.5
12
7.2
13
12.5
7.4
13.5
13
7.5
1
13.5
7.7
1.5
1
7.9
2
1.5
8.0
2.5
2
8.2
3
2.5
8.3
3.5
3
8.5
4
3.5
8.7
4.5
4
8.9
5
4.5
9.0


Little Girls Toddler Soccer Shoes  Size Chart 

Age
(in years)
US
Heel to toe
(inches)
4 - 8 years
10.5
6.5
4 - 8 years
11
6.7
4 - 8 years
11.5
6.9
4 - 8 years
12
7
4 - 8 years
12.5
7.2
4 - 8 years
13
7.4
4 - 8 years
13.5
7.5
4 - 8 years
1
7.7
4 - 8 years
1.5
7.9
4 - 8 years
2
8
4 - 8 years
2.5
8.2
4 - 8 years
3
8.3
4 - 8 years
3.5
8.5
4 - 8 years
4
8.7
4 - 8 years
4.5
8.9
4 - 8 years
5
9

Adidas Toddler Soccer Cleats

Adidas is one of the leaders in the football market and provide cleats for young kids all the way through many professionals. Adidas will make expensive and affordable soccer cleats for toddlers. The price will have zero impact on their game or efforts, so just go back to the 3 main factors when choosing the right soccer cleats for toddlers. 

Toddler and Little Kids Adidas Goletto Vi Soccer Shoe

We love these shoes because they are the classic Adidas soccer shoe and made just for Toddlers and little kids. You can't go wrong with the 3 stripes. 

These soccer shoes are made for firm ground (so basically any dry grassy field. The spikes are made of rubber. The sole is very flexible which gives the toddler a better fit.


Made of synthetic leather upper with a synthetic sole for a flexible and perfect fit on young children.  The synthetic leather also gives the shoes a ton of durability. 

For the soccer loving toddler girls adidas also offers the Black/Pink Soccer cleats. They give them the style they are searching for. 

Features:

  • Offer Several Styles
  • Inexpensive
  • Black/Pink for Girls
  • Synthetic Leather

 

 

Nike Junior Legend 7 Kid's and Toddler's Soccer Cleats

The Nike Toddler Junior Legend 7 offers another great option for young kids. The cleats are offered in several different sizes to meet the growing demands of the young soccer players, including sizes for 1.5 year olds, Toddlers, Little kids, and even Big kids.

Multi-Ground Football Boot combines the cushioned touch of textured synthetic leather with an accommodating fit and durable plate.

The toddler cleats are made of synthetic leather. The accommodating shape provides a comfortable, versatile fit, which is crucial for this stage. The Tongue is anchored on the medial side for a consistent fit and comfortability. 

Can be used on grassy fields and on some turf fields according to the manufacturer.

Features:

  • A little more expensive. 
  • Offers several Sizes
  • Offers Several Styles

 

 

Toddler Boy Soccer Cleats

For boys it's easier to find soccer cleats. The little kids soccer cleats manufactured throughout the world are normally in white or black, which can be considered Boy or neutral colors. There are some variations in styles, but for the most part the majority of cleats are black or white. 

It's important to remember that at this toddler stage, it's not really important what the color of the cleats are. Refer to the major factors above, which are Style, Comfort, and Safety. 

Toddler Girls Soccer Cleats

It might be a little more difficult to find "Girl" Soccer cleats for your toddler due to the fact that cleats are normally black in color. But don't fear because many soccer companies make some pretty cool shoes that could be considered "girly" only because they are pink in color. 

Specific female soccer cleats are manufactured for adults only. Even soccer cleats that are pink are not necessarily considered "girls" shoes. They will perform the same as any other pair of toddler soccer cleats. 

Here are some examples of Toddler soccer cleats for girls to the right. Joma and Diadora both offer some very exciting styles of Pink Girls toddlers soccer cleats with many different sizes available. 

Toddler Indoor Turf Soccer Shoes

Indoor soccer shoes for toddlers are anoter great way to keep the kids engaged. For those kids playing on turf or maybe futsal or indoor soccer, the correct shoe can make the difference. 

If the toddler is playing futsal, make sure you buy a flat sole indoor shoe like the one picture to the right..

However if your toddler is going to play indoor soccer on an artificial grass field, then you can choose between a turf soccer shoe or a flat surface indoor shoe. It shouldn't make a difference at this age. The turf soccer shoes are made to have some grip on the indoor turf, but it's not necessary at this age. The turf shoes can also be used to play outdoors on harder surfaces. 

However DO NOT use the turf shoe to play futsal as this may cause some problems, depending on the surface. 

Here are two good choices for Toddlers playing indoor soccer on turf or on a flat surface like Futsal

Adidas Futsal Indoor Soccer Toddler Shoes

These are some of the best made shoes for toddlers. They have a great design, awesome color, and excellent performance. The Adidas indoor soccer shoes for toddlers are an excellent purchase. It's just too bad they can't wear them forever! But i have to admit that Adidas hit one out of the park with the Kids' Nemeziz indoor shoe for toddlers. 

Where to buy Toddler Soccer Cleats

As with almost everything now, you can easily purchase soccer cleats online. The best places to buy them is probably Amazon since they have a million different pairs and styles!! You can also shop your local super market or online sports store, like soccer.com or one of the other thousand websites. 

Keep in mind that you don't need to put too much effort into this since the kids will quickly outgrow the shoes. In our experience, you should be prepared to buy a new pair at least once a year and sometimes two pairs in one year. The little kids grow quick. But it's fun!

Conclusion: 

The toddler soccer years are some of the most memorable for many reasons. The soccer shoes will only be a memory. It is for this reason that you want to make sure you choose the correct fitting soccer cleats for your toddler.

There are two goals you should look to achieve when buying soccer cleats for your toddler. Make sure that you buy comfortable soccer cleats so your child enjoys the game and keeps returning. You should also buy shoes that your child likes because you want them to love the game. Buying a pair of cleats is just one more opportunity to get your toddler engaged in the soccer development process. Good luck and enjoy! 

CR7 Ronaldo Soccer Shoes Cleats

Cristiano Ronaldo, or CR7 as many people refer to him, is one of the greatest football strykers of all time.  Never before have we seen such an incredible athlete with the strength, power, mobility, and agility like Ronaldo. 

Nike has sponsored CR7 since he was with Lisbon, right before he burst onto the scene at Manchester United. Nike makes the CR7 soccer shoes just like the player himself, with style, flair, quality, and outstanding performance.  

In this article we look at the history of the CR7 Soccer shoes creation by Nike. We also review how the shoes have evolved since the start the sponsorship of Ronaldo. 

Ronaldo CR7 Mercurial Vapors and Mercurial Superfly

In 2003 Nike gives Ronaldo the Mercurial Vapors. Those shoes were originally designed for the original Brazilian Ronaldo. Cristiano would wear the Mercurial Vapor soccer cleats until 2013 when Nike pivoted and created the CR7 Mercurial Superfly cleats.

CR7 Joga Bonito

The Joga Bonito campaign attempts to create a movement. Way back in 2007 Nike inspired all of us by creating  the "Joga Bonito" campaign. In the commercials, we saw Cristiano Ronaldo battle Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a freestyle juggle. 

The commercial saw Ronaldo's freestyle and superb ball control. His skills and goal scoring abilities would become legendary. 


CR7 Mercurial Superfly 7 Elite FG 2019 Men's Soccer Cleats

Nike continues to design some of the coolest shoes on the market and the CR7 Superfly 7  for 2019 are no different.

We love the 360-degree Flyknit construction. This has been around for a few years, but it wraps your foot for a second-skin fit. The new high-tenacity yarn and the 1 piece lining  create a good tight fit. 

Features:

  • The Dynamic Fit collar wraps the ankle for a comfortable and tighter fit.
  • Insole with technology provides maximum interior traction underfoot and lightweight cushioning.

Nike Youth Mercurial Superfly 6 CR7 FG Soccer Cleats

Another great option for CR7 Soccer cleats in 2019. The Youth Superfly 6 CR7 cleats are a little less expensive. Made of synthetic leather and include a fabric sole for comfort. 

We love the dynamic Fit collar that helps the shoe stay on with a tight fit. 

  • Micro-textured upper provides precise touch at high speeds.
  • Multi-ground plate creates traction on both natural- and artificial-grass pitches.
  • Internal lining hugs the foot.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Conclusion:

Cristiano Ronaldo is a legend and the Nike Mercurial CR7 shoe lineup fits his style of play. Many kids and soccer fans will wear these growing up because they are an outstanding pair. With many different colors and style variations, there is one for everyone. 

Nike also provides soccer cleats for all income levels. From the most expensive carbon fiber soccer cleats to a CR7 pair that can cost less than $30.00. 

ProCat Puma Socccer

Puma ProCat is a soccer product line that was introduced by the Puma brand in 2016. Puma ProCat offers a wide variety of products for soccer from equipment to gear, including ProCat Soccer balls, shin guards, backpacks, and much more. The ProCat caught some hype, but not as much as Puma had hope for, although the line does offer some incredible styles. 

Puma has historically provided some of the coolest gear in the history of soccer, however they have fallen off the market slightly in the past 20 years. Puma is best known for the Puma King Soccer shoes that Pele, Maradona, and some of the soccer greats wore during their careers. The ProCat line was an attempt to get back into the football market. 

ProCat Fractal Soccer Puma Ball

The ProCat Puma Soccer ball is a  size 4 ball used for training kids between the ages of 8-12. The ball is constructed from 32 Panels like most soccer balls.  The ball is ideal for training, but can also be used for less competative matches. 

  • Machine Stitched Panels With Multilayered Woven Backing for Enhanced Stability and Durability
  • A durable TPU casing and rubber bladder for air retention 

Procat Puma Backpack Black

The ProCat Puma Backpack is great looking backpack with a laptop sleeve on the inside.  The padded & adjustable straps are comfortable for carrying heavy and light loads. Also includes a reinforced base for heavier loads. 

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 9 x 12 inches
  • Black

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Best Soccer Shin Guards 2019

Shin Guards
Soccer shin guards, Football guards, or sometimes just referred to as “Guards”, are all a soccer player has to protect themselves. Unlike American Football players that wear helmets, shoulder pads, thigh pads, knee pads, and even elbow pads, the soccer player is left with this small but critical piece of equipment. 


Since all you have a shin guards, it’s important to equip the player with the best ones possible. The guards should do two very important things for the player. The player should feel comfortable while wearing them and the guards should be able to protect the player. 

Getting to this point where both goals are met may take some time. With this shin guards guide, you can make a better decision on what type of shin guards to purchase, wear, and protect those shins!

Are Shin Guards Required

It wasn’t until 1990 when FIFA restructured Law 4 of the FIFA code for player equipment. The law states shin guards must provide “a reasonable degree of protection.” There is a lot of room for interpretation here, so match officials are instructed to look at player’s gear before matches to see that shin guards are worn. 

Looking more closely at the assortment of shin guards of youth and pro soccer players around the country, it is clear that size is unregulated and unimportant. Unlike the type of material, the size of the shin guard does not appear to concern FIFA or other organizations. 

In our experience, the emphasis on shin guards is much larger in the youth stages of soccer. Young teams between U5 and u10 will line up in front of the referee and tap on their shin guards. This is a test for the referee and a reminder to the young player to wear their guards.

However as the kids get older, this habit dies quick as the kids feel this is unnecessary and referees don’t want to bother. By the time kids are 14 or older they are expected to know and understand the reason shin guards are required. 

Shin Guards History

So how did shin guards make it into the game anyway? It is said that shin guards made their way into soccer in the early days of organized football in the UK. As early as 1874, players were already concerned about their shins and ankles, thus the shin guards were brought over from the sport of cricket. 

Players knew that to protect their shins and livelihood, they had to wear some type of protection and there was never a mandatory rule. Over time, when astro turf was introduced as a playing field and players started wearing indoor soccer shoes instead of cleats. Since there was no FIFA rule requiring guards before 1990, some players stopped using them since they did not fear soccer cleats anymore.

High School Soccer Shin Guards

Since 2008, the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) has required all high school soccer players to wear shinguards approved by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). However the same issues occur with HS soccer, the size of the shin guard mostly goes unnoticed and unregulated. 

In our experience, the referee will normally head over to the coach and ask if the players are all fully and properly equipped. It is then left up to the coach to ensure that the players are wearing appropriate shin guards. 

NOCSAE does require the manufacturer to write this statement on the shin guard:

WARNING DO NOT USE THIS SHIN GUARD IF THE SHELL IS CRACKED OR DEFORMED. NO SHIN GUARD CAN PROTECT AGAINST ALL FORESEEABLE IMPACTS. SEVERE INJURY MAY OCCUR TO YOU DESPITE USING THIS GUARD. DANGEROUS PLAY IS AGAINST THE RULES OF SOCCER.

Soccer Shin Guard Brands

There are numerous soccer shin guards available on the market today. From the largest soccer brands in the world to soccer specific brands, shin guards are widely available. Although the likes of Adidas, Nike, Puma, Under Armour, and make the most shin guards, there are some smaller companies making great shin guards using a different technology, like the G-Form company. 

  • PUMA
  • NIKE
  • ADIDAS
  • UNDER ARMOUR

Soccer Shin Guards Sizes

There are no standard shin guard sizes. The recommendation is that you review the specific manufacturers sizing chart. The reason is that the size of the guards differ between manufacturers. 

However, most entry level youth soccer players and their parents choose the shin guards with ankle supports as well. This way the child is covered from shins to ankles. Most kids don’t complain when they first start playing. 

Most older youth players and adults choose to play with the sleeve shin guards or shin guards with straps. These offer less protection, however the player feels less restricted since the guards are minimal in size and don’t provide adequate protection. By this time the player cares more about looks than actual safety. 

Types of Soccer Shin Guards

Slip On Shin Guards

Slip on shin guards offer the least amount of protection. They are convenient and lightweight for the player looking for those features. The slip on has the shin guard in a sleeve. Sometimes the guard is sewn into the sleeve. It is very similar to just having shin guards and buying a sleeve to wear. The slip on shin pads are still critical in protecting players, so make sure you use the correct size. 

Ankle Support Shin Guards

Ankle support shin guards are the most widely used by youth soccer players. and probably the best shin guards for youth soccer players. This is because they offer the most support. However they can be uncomfortable for older players as they start to shed equipment and look for ways to get lighter and faster. 

The ankle support will make the player look and feel bulky, which young kids won’t care since it’s mom and dad making the decision. Older kids prefer to lose the ankle protection. 

Sleeve Guards 

Sleeve Guards are shin guards that are purchased along with a sleeve. To be honest, the sleeve will mostly get worn out and you will end up tossing it out. Sometimes the players forget to take the sleeves…….. Yes we are guilty… 🙂 

The sleeves offer some support for the guards under the sock, but the majority of older youth and adult players choose to eliminate the sleeves completely and just use the sock for holding the shin guard. This can be problematic if the sock is too loose, and won’t hold the shin guard. The shin guard will be moving all over the place and won’t be in place when needed. 

Shin Guards with Straps 

Shin guards with straps are similar to the sleeve guards, however the straps solve the issue of missing sleeves or loose socks. Since the soccer guards have straps to hold it in place, you no longer have to worry about the sleeves or the shin guard moving out of place. 

The drawback to the straps shin guards is that they don’t offer ankle support and the straps can and will create a “bulky” look and feel in the player. 

The majority of professional soccer players opt for using the Sleeve Guards or just loose guards under their socks. They were the highest premium socks on the market, so they don’t worry about the guards moving. 

Carbon Fiber Shin Guards

In the past two decades, shin guards manufacturers have started using carbon fiber to make some of the most expensive soccer shin guards ever. Carbon fiber made shin guards are expensive because of the cost of carbon fiber and the very intricate and time consuming process required to make the fibers.

It’s much less complicated to make plastic or a hard shell and form it into a guard. Carbon fiber shin guards are popular because they have several advantages over competitors including high stiffness, high tensile strength, and lighter weight.

CL CARBONLIFE Carbon Fiber Shin Guard

  • STRONG--The shin guard is made by pressing 3 layers of Carbon fiber reinforced Neoprene together.
  • THIN--1mm of carbon fiber gives as much protection as 20mm of plastic. 
  • LIGHT- carbon fiber is light, 35 to 52 grams depending on size
  • Handmade

Best Youth Soccer Shin Guards with Ankle Support 

As mentioned earlier, the ankle support is a good idea for the younger players. We recommend that as a parent you encourage the kids to wear ankle guards for as long as they can tolerate them.

They do get bulky and uncomfortable as the kids get older and search for a more free and lightweight shin guard. But to start, get your kids shin guards with ankle guards to ensure they are protected. 

The NIKE Youth Charge 2.0 Soccer Shin Guard is a great choice to get started with ankle shin guards. Offers protection, comfort, and great fit. 

Ankle Support Kids Shin Guards from Footy Guards and FREE EBOOK

Provide everything you need to play the sport of soccer. Great fit with the 3 size variations, like Extra Small, Small, and Medium shin guards.

 Great support with the ankle protections for tiny little ankles. The ankle sleeve also offers an extra cushioning for falls and scrapes and a tighter fit. 

The two straps offer an extra level of support and reinforcement to make sure they stayon and protecting those shins. 

Footy Guards are new on the block and ready to provide some of the best ankle protecting shin guards on the market. Great design for boys and girls. 

You also get a Free EBook: The Youth Soccer Player Developmet Blueprint. So if you are a parent and looking for ways to enhance your child's performance, this ebook is for you! 

 

Sportout Kids Youth Soccer Shin Guards

  • COMPREHENSIVE SHIN PROTECTION: Include highly protective, lightweight, and hard PP front plates.
  • ERGONOMIC DESIGN: The design fits the calf contours very well. The thick EVA foam offers an excellent cushion which helps disperse energy from kicks. 
  • COMFORTABLE: The light EVA padded backing and simple construct give these shin guards high breathability and a great fit for  your leg shape.
  • STAY IN PLACE: The front velcro closure system allows the shin guards to stay in place during play without sliding.

Nike Mercurial Lite Shin Guard

One of the most popular shin guards on the market. We have this pair of shin guards and they are comfortable, lightweight, and really nice looking.  The sleeves are Dri-FIT for superb comfort and a secure fit. They are also very durable and were lost at about 7 months old, before they wore out. 

  • Anatomical design fits your shins for targeted cushioning
  • To protect against impacts, Nike uses a Molded, Waffle-designed EVA foam
  • Numerous designs and colors to fit your child's look and style

Adidas Performance Ghost Pro Shin Guards

Adidas offers the same concept as Nike. Great fit. Durable and comfortable sleeves which feel as if you are not wearing them, reduces bulkiness. Made from 95% polypropylene / 5% TPU injection-molded. 

  • EVA backing offers a high comfort and durable cushion
  • NOCSAE SEI-certified packaging logo to meet HS standards