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By Soccer Garage

When it comes to doing your best in soccer, there are a number of different ingredients it takes to become a winner. Obviously, you probably know it’s going to take a whole lot of practice. While that will definitely get you a lot closer to your goals, you’ll also need the right equipment too, especially on your feet.

Most would agree that adidas soccer shoes are the best. The adidas predator is generally held right there at the top.

Whatever kind of shoe you decide to wear, though, you need to know how to break them in for optimal performance. To do this, start by literally bending the shoe from toe to heal in both directions.
Doing this will help loosen up the material. This is especially important if you’re playing in colder weather.
Then you need to do hill sprints with them on. If you can’t do hill sprints for some reason, walking is fine, but you want to be going uphill. That’s because this will further help the shoes move around and get flexible.

Finally, start wearing them around the house. Obviously, you want to clean off any debris that might be on them. However, doing this shouldn’t be too uncomfortable, but it will help your shoes get broken in even more.
 
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<![CDATA[Finding the Right Soccer Cleats]]>Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:06:28 GMThttp://soccerequipmentguide.weebly.com/blog/finding-the-right-soccer-cleatsWritten by Soccer Garage                           

The notion of which soccer cleat is right or not varies from player to player. Most players would have a specific preference when it comes to choosing the shoes. However, if you are on the lookout for a perfect pair, you might want to consider two basic elements. The first one is the surface played on and the second one is the amount of touch required per game. Considering these two elements will help in the choice of the right shoes. Maximum performance will also come from the comfort element brought by the soccer cleats.

Outsoles

The outsole is the lower part of your cleat that will be in constant contact with the ground. The field on which the game is played would be determinant to the choice of your outsoles. For instance on natural grass surfaces, the Firm Ground or Molded outsole is preferred. The molded stud of the shoes give a good traction on most pitches. Adidas soccer cleats are good example for these.

The Soft Ground or Replaceable outsole is suited for soft and wet surfaces such as pitches where there is mud. This is the preferred type of outsole by professional players on manicured fields or during rainy games. Turf shoes or turf boots have durable rubber outsoles which allow for good tractions on natural fields and artificial turfs. These can also be used as backup shoes to play on hard surfaces.

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<![CDATA[Which Soccer Shoes is Ideal for your Field Position¬†]]>Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:31:08 GMThttp://soccerequipmentguide.weebly.com/blog/which-soccer-shoes-is-ideal-for-your-field-position Written by Soccer Garage           

Each soccer player has his own style of playing. If you have developed a unique approach to matches, you might have noticed that your particular style has an impact on the choice of your soccer cleats. Your field position also impacts on the type of cleats that would bring out maximum comfort during a match. The list below depicts some of the characteristic that you might be looking in your next soccer cleats.

Goalkeepers

A good ground traction is required by goalkeepers at all time. This is because they need a good range of lateral motion to be able to move either sides of the goal post. The shoes chosen by the goalkeeper need to be powerful enough to favor strong kick-outs in the strike zone. Goalkeepers also need to increase the efficiency of back-passes.

Defense players

A defense player will need maximum protection from the shoes to be able to perform clean passes to other team players.

Midfielders

A good level of comfort and control is essential for the midfielder. Adidas soccer cleats are usually great for midfielders. These shoes promote efficiency during the whole duration of the game.

Wingers

These players need lightweight cleats to be able to perform efficiently. Wingers need to accelerate quickly and change directions swiftly whenever required.

Forward players

These players need cleats that offer an optimum strike zone. The shoes of forward players should also be lightweight enough to help them in performing explosive movements.

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<![CDATA[Which Soccer Clothes Parents Need for Kid Soccer Leagues]]>Mon, 29 Dec 2014 17:29:10 GMThttp://soccerequipmentguide.weebly.com/blog/which-soccer-clothes-parents-need-for-kid-soccer-leaguesSigning your little ones up for soccer camp this year? Spring time is right around the corner, and it’s time to get kids thinking about the summer sports they may want to enroll in. Soccer is a great sport that encourages teamwork, cooperation and a fighting spirit. It helps kids build character, and gives them pride in their accomplishments. The game is physical, but far less so than football so there is minimal risk of serious injury.

If soccer sounds like something you want your kids to get involved in, read on for tips on soccer supplies you might consider for your child.

Soccer Basics

Basic soccer clothes consist of a jersey, shorts and socks. Socks tend to come up to the knee, and pads are usually slipped above or below the sock to protect shins and knees. Elbow pads can be worn, but they must be of the softer variety free from any hard-plastic pieces. Official rules state that soccer jerseys must all match the same color scheme of a team, but goalie jerseys are different colors to help distinguish them from other players. Kids will also need cleats on the field, with small spikes to give traction while running on grass.

Speaking of goalies, this position is the only one allowed to use hands. As such, goalie gloves are good for absorbing the impact of a ball that has been kicked from another player.

Additional Equipment

Aside from the basic uniform, it’s a good idea to consider at least a few extras. A water bottle, for instance, will be a necessity on long practice days. Soccer gear doesn’t consist of much, but you’ll be thankful that you have an equipment bag with you when you need to change in a hurry. Then there are practice tools, like cones or nets. It’s all in how far you want to take practice off the field.

Rules and Regulations

When you’re shopping for gear, there are a few things you need to be aware of. Recent changes allow for sunglasses on the field, but the referee’s word is final on whether they will be allowed. Jewelry is not allowed on the field at any point, and includes watches and the like. Make sure you come dressed for game day, as the referee can exclude your child from play without the proper jersey or a missing component. Color coding is important in the game of soccer. It helps referees distinguish sides from one another, and it also helps signal where the goalie is to make sure only one person is touching the ball with hands.

Cleats are probably the toughest to buy because kids grow so fast. Cheap is not always the best option depending on your child’s skill level.
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<![CDATA[Profiling Adidas Soccer Shoes]]>Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:43:33 GMThttp://soccerequipmentguide.weebly.com/blog/profiling-adidas-soccer-shoesWritten by: Soccer Garage

From the 1954 original to the F50 worn by Lionel Messi in 2012, adidas has stood for quality in the world of soccer for more than 60 years. Adolf Dassler learned how to become a cobbler, following in the footsteps of his father and working with his brother to form a family business. The two brothers fought constantly, so keeping the adidas soccer shoes enterprise together in the early days was quite the challenge.

The two managed to team up long enough to offer shoes to the American track star Jesse Owens. He would go on to win four gold medals with those shoes, cementing the adidas brand in sports history for the first time. Here is a short profile of two of adidas’ most famous shoes.

adidas F50

The F50 range was first created in 2004, ahead of EURO 2004. Using these shoes, Christiano Rinaldo made a name for himself. The company took something of a leap with this line. The Nike Mercurial shoe was released at this time, and the F50 tried to borrow aerodynamic elements from the likes of the McLaren F1 supercar to compete. It was a boot designed for speed, with removable spikes so that players could get the perfect amount of traction depending on the turf they were playing upon. This boot began the trend of hiding the laces completely, which gives players a wider surface area to strike the ball with.

adidas Predator

The adidas predator was first launched in 1994, and it struck a fine balance between function and fashion. The shoe features “fins” that are designed to increase the strength of a strike. The idea was first proposed by Australian footballer Craig Johnston. Initial product tests confirmed what Johnston had thought. Players immediately saw increased control in the distance, power and swerve of their shots. Future iterations included a fold over the tongue to hide the knot of the laces, and a larger surface area to improve connection with the ball. Removable studs were introduced in 2000, and the design was changed to something more sleek and modern.

Final Thoughts

The shoes made by adidas have always been part of the lore of soccer, and the adidas story is fairly ingrained into the minds of footballers worldwide. The F50 and the Predator are two of adidas’ most well-known shoe lines, offering strikers better control over their shots.

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<![CDATA[Basic Rules for Kid Soccer Uniforms]]>Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:54:12 GMThttp://soccerequipmentguide.weebly.com/blog/basic-rules-for-kid-soccer-uniformsWritten by: Soccer Garage

The rules of every soccer league in the United States stem from the rules set forth by FIFA, the governing body of world soccer clubs. FIFA dictates everything from what is allowed on the field, to how referees should position themselves to deal with a play unfolding. Those basic rules do get altered from place to place, so your particular school or league may have some subtle differences, but if you need a general shopping list then knowing the basic rules will suffice.

Basic Kits

Soccer clothes consist of shorts and shirts that are of matching team colors. It’s common for kids athletes to maintain a clean set for games and a practice set. In most children’s leagues, training sets consist of practice gear that does not have to match. Socks are also included, and tend to be worn up to the knee. Shin guards are typically placed below the socks, which help shock absorption during falls. Tackles aren’t standard for every age group, but shin guards are still good for those unexpected tumbles on the uneven grass.

Shoes

Soccer cleats tend to have some small rubber spikes protruding from the underside of the shoe. These are for grip on the grass, allowing players better control when they need to run or stop. Diadora soccer shoes, for instance, have specially designed stitching that lets players kick the ball a certain direction; although it does take practice to fully utilize this feature. Soccer cleats are also not as thick as average sneakers, and tend to provide more support around the ankles and heels.

Accessories

Other soccer supplies usually include padding and accessories for use off the field. Instant ice packs, for example, or water bottles. Shin guards are a must if there are tackles in the league. Most leagues do not allow bulky elbow guards, but thin, padded guards may be worn. Goalies will need shock-absorbent gloves to protect their hands from solid strikes.

You may also want to invest in some practice gear for your home, like a cone set or a ball leash.

What is Not Allowed

Jewelry is never allowed on the field, but glasses may be if they are secured to the face. FIFA has also made exceptions for sunglasses in the past, but referees have asked for their removal as well. This is largely up to league discretion. Uniforms must also match colors, with only the goalies and referees wearing different colors.

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<![CDATA[What to Expect from a One-stop Soccer Shop]]>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:17:11 GMThttp://soccerequipmentguide.weebly.com/blog/what-to-expect-from-a-one-stop-soccer-shopPicture
If you are a soccer player or an enthusiast and you are looking for soccer kits or equipment, the best place for you to start looking is a one-stop soccer shop. These shops provide everything a team might need under one roof, which adds a lot of convenience to the shopping experience. With the availability of many shops, you have the opportunity to compare prices and selection before you buy. Online shops also host their inventory on a website, allowing you to view all of their stock in one go. Visiting your local neighborhood shops is still an option if you can’t find what you want online.

A one-stop soccer shop with a substantial inventory is quite convenient. Not every local shop will have the item or variety you want, so going online saves you time and gas. You might also find exclusives available through online vendors that don’t exist elsewhere. These shops also offer items at a lower cost than their brick and mortar counterparts because they don’t have to pay staff in house to assist you. In addition, shops may offer a bulk discount for group orders. Perfect for coaches and parents looking to outfit a team You can even get freebies with your order if you take advantage of special offers.

There are different types of soccer items, like soccer bags, that are stocked in a soccer shop. These have different colors, makes, brands, sizes and designs. A one-stop soccer shop will provide you with everything you child’s soccer team needs, including cleats and jerseys. These shops also order their stock in bulk, so they can supply your entire team with jerseys on a single order. Some offer silk screening as well. Always give advanced notice wherever you can, as it will help the shop prepare your order on time. These one-stop shops provide you with services for customizing kits and other soccer items to make sure that they suit your requirements.

You can be sure that you will get more than sales services from a one-stop soccer shop. These go to the extent of providing services for repair and maintenance of the soccer equipment. Before buying from a shop, check with customer service to see what extras they offer (like custom fitting). You will be able to get all that you need for a soccer match or a tournament, from the kits to medals and awards for the end of the game. These shops also sell soccer equipment that you can use to decorate your home, like penants and posters.


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