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The Best Soccer Gear for a Beginner

If you’re mad about soccer and are planning to play on a regular basis, there are a number of essential items which you are likely to require. Luckily, soccer is a relatively affordable pastime and although you may have to make multiple purchases, the majority of gear can be obtained at a relatively affordable price. We take a look at some of the essential products that you will need to acquire before taking to the field.



If you want to take your game to the next level, you will almost certainly require a pair of sturdy and reliable boots. There are many different types available and it’s important to ensure that you are able to find the correct pair to suit your needs. For example, many 5-a-side tournaments and local events (particularly in winter) may be held on artificial grass and a combination of circular and bladed studs are ideal for competing regularly on this type of surface. Major brands like Nike and Puma have recently launched hybrid designs which have proven effective on all types of turf. However, these have the tendency to be a little pricier.

With both consumption of the sport and soccer betting at an all-time high in South Africa, many young players have idolised top European players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane over the years and these icons of the game have become strongly associated with their boots such as Adidas Predator and Puma King. Unfortunately, these particular brands of boots won’t instantly transform you into a Ballon D’or winner, however they are trusted brands and can be purchased from the majority of reputable sports retailers.

Shin Pads

If you’re playing competitively, shin pads are an absolute necessity. These will help protect you from serious injury in the event of a mistimed tackle. They are mandatory in professional soccer as they help reduce fractures to the lower half of the leg.

Shin pads (or shin guards) are very affordable and they are widely available at sports retailers across the country.


Football / Soccer Ball

Although the majority of clubs and teams will provide these during training and match-days, it is important to have your own version in order to practice at home.

It is vitally important to ensure that your chosen soccer ball has the correct dimensions and is similar to the one which is used on a regular basis by professional players.

There have been many iconic soccer balls used over the last 50 years with a new version launched every four years ahead of the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

There is a distinct difference between match balls and practice balls and products range from size 1-5. Size 5 are standard for all players above the age of 12 and these are ideal for anyone who is serious about soccer.