What soccer equipment do I need?

I am excited about this page because of the variety of soccer equipment tools we can place into your hands. Equipping you and your team is our top priority. We offer you : protective gear, soccer balls, cones, soccer goals, training vests, power chutes, side steppers and agility ladders. So whether it's for having fun at home or practicing your skills, whether training for a massive game or you just want to get in shape it is important to note that soccer equipment has a vital role to play and we feature a large selection of soccer equipment for you to score!

The game is simple and can be played with little soccer equipment. I learnt that soccer legend Pele as a kid played with a grapefruit or a soccer ball of rags, imagine that! It actually reminds me of my own experience of stuffing heaps of plastic bags together to make a soccer ball.
It's this simplicity that makes soccer the most popular sport on the planet. So a part from having fun in the park which is great with friends it's important to have the right soccer equipment to both enhance play and protect players from injuries.

Adidas World Cup Soccer Ball

Protective Equip

Protective Gear is very important in every sport these days and so soccer is no different. Although the focus is mainly on the goalkeeper there are products available for the whole team. We feature products like mouth guards shin guards and goalkeeper gloves to name a few. Research and study have shown that the areas prone to injury the most is usually from the waist down and fewer injuries are experienced from the waist up. Be assured, whatever the concern we are passionately committed to player protection and safety by providing top quality soccer equipment and top branded protective gear.

 

Mouth Guards Mouth guards are now widely used in every sport in this modern era and has become an important piece of soccer equipment and player protection across the board. Not only does it protect the teeth but is also known to reduce injury to the gums and lips. Usually used in contact sport mouth guards are pioneering a cause in player safety and is highly recommended for use by experts although it is not a requirement by the governing body of soccer.Fancy this important piece of soccer equipment? The power of choice is with you.

 

 

 

 

 

Shin Guards

 

Shin guards is undoubtedly a must have for player protection as the risk of injury in the leg area shin guard types to suit the individual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goalkeeping Gloves Goalkeeper gloves are the most important piece of soccer equipment for keepers,especially now that technology has played a crucial role in finger safety and grip enhancement. With such a wide range and variety of keeping gloves which includes different cuts like “roll finger”,“flat palm”and“negative.” The right pair of goalkeeper gloves can make the difference between a brilliant save and a good effort.


Goalkeeper gloves provide a better grip on the soccer ball, protect and cushion your fingers and palms, and help you block, catch and punch the ball. Goalkeeper gloves are usually made from a blend of natural and synthetic latex foams. Some goalkeeper gloves are best on artificial grass; others are best for futsal, in the rain, at the professional level or at the youth level. And why do some pairs of goalkeeper gloves cost $40, while others cost $200?


There are three simple pieces that make up a pair of goalkeeper gloves that can appear complicated. The part of the goalkeeper gloves known as the backhand is the part that provides protection when the goalkeeper punches the soccer ball. The palm is usually connected to the fingers and the body of the goalkeepers glove to the back of the hand. Inner linings are inserted into the fingers for an improved fit.


The quality of the backhand also factors into the cost of the goalkeepers glove. Less expensive goalkeeper gloves have a single foam layer, while the best goalkeeper gloves have latex backhands. The part known as the palm is what allows the keeper to catch the ball and is important for the over all performance of the goalkeeper gloves. Upper-level goalkeeper gloves have a good, strong grip and a thick palm made of top grade materials.Textured or dimpled palms are durable and are better suited for practice.


Closure: A goalkeeper gloves closure refers to the way it gets on and off of your hand, and how it is secured to your hand. Hook and loop closures are the most common, and feature an elastic, adjustable flap that can be used to tighten and loosen the goalkeeper gloves. V-notch closures have a vented entry to help keep your hands cool and dry. Bandage closures are a lot like medical bandages, elastic that wraps securely around the wrist. Bandage closures provide the most supportive fit, so some goalkeepers find the fit restrictive.


Fingers: Fingers are crucial to catching and securing the soccer ball. A goalkeeper gloves cut and size will determine how snugly the glove fits. Some keepers prefer a looser fit with more freedom of movement, while others prefer the control and security that a tightly fitted goalkeeper gloves provides. A goalkeeper gloves cut refers to the way the palm material is constructed.


Flat: Also called “traditional cut”, the palm on these goalkeeper gloves is a single piece of flat foam. Flat palm goalkeeper gloves offer a loose fit and boxier appearance, with exterior stitching.
Rolled/Gunn: cut goalkeeper gloves are identified by their “rolled” finger construction, the seams on the back of the finger causing them to roll. The sides of the palm are wrapped or rolled around the fingers. This cut offers a snug fit and larger contact area with the soccer ball. Negative: The seam is on the inside of the goalkeeper gloves. The palm is made with one piece of latex with gussets between the palm and the backhand. The negative provides the most snug fit, and is ideal for female goalkeepers and goalkeepers with slimmer hands.
Hybrid: Hybrid cuts offer a combination of cuts in the same glove. This cut is a combination of rolled/Gunn and either the flat or negative cut.


FIT AND SIZING


Goalkeeper gloves should be roomy, generally 1/2 to one inch past the end of your fingertips. Goalkeeper gloves that fit tightly are more prone to blowouts, or holes around the fingers or palm. To determine your goalkeeper gloves size, measure the circumference of the part of your palm just below your knuckles, without your thumb.
Round up to the next whole inch, and then add 1 to determine your size. Measure both hands, and if the measurements are different, order the larger size for the most consistent fit. If you can’t find a tape measure, another sizing method involves your shoe size. Usually, the goalkeeper glove size will correlate with the shoe size. If the shoe size is a half size, round up to the next full size for the best fit. The best way to determine fit is to try the goalkeepers gloves on.


HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR GOALKEEPER GLOVES


As with most pieces of soccer equipment, you can extend the life of your goalkeeper gloves if you take proper care of them.
Immediate wear of the palm material is normal; latex is a fragile material. Goalkeeper gloves will retain their grip until the foam layer wears away completely. Different brands have different regiments for goalkeeper glove care, so follow them to extend the life of your goalkeeper gloves.
It’s a good idea to have two pairs of goalkeeper gloves, one for training and one for match play. This way, you can have a backup pair, and you won’t wear out your match goalkeeper gloves during practices. Most goalkeeper gloves perform better if moistened with clean water before play. We also recommend investing in a bottle of goalkeeper gloves wash. Goalkeeper gloves wash is gentler than normal soaps and detergents, and helps eliminate unpleasant glove odor.

Soccer Equipment

 Nike Soccer BallSoccer balls as we can all appreciate,is the most important piece of soccer equipment in the game.I have been very fascinated about the way the soccer ball was invented and how it got started.South American Indians were known to use a light elasticized ball (soccer ball). However; rubber was not to be practically manufactured until a few thousand years later. 

According to historical references and legend, early balls (soccer ball) ranged from human heads, stitched up cloth, animal and human skulls to pig or cow bladders. During the Ts'in and Han Dynasties (255 BC-220 AD), the Chinese played 'tsu chu', in which animal-skin balls (soccer ball) were dribbled through gaps in a net stretched between two poles.


Certain ancient Egyptian rites are said by historians to have similarities with football, and both the ancient Greeks and Romans also played a game that entailed carrying and kicking a ball (soccer ball).Research has shown me that the soccer ball began with animal bladders and have gone through major changes over time.


Synthetic Soccer Ball


It was not until the 1960's that the first totally synthetic soccer ball was produced. But it was not until the late 1980's that synthetic leather totally replaced the leather soccer ball. Up until then, it was felt that a leather soccer ball provided more of a consistent flight and bounce. Synthetics used in today's soccer ball emulate the cell structure and quality of leather with less water absorption.


The Buckminster Soccer Ball


The early soccer ball was sewn up with laces. These days, the soccer ball is made from synthetic leather patches sewn together in a design based on the 'Buckminster Soccer Ball' or known as the Buckyball. The American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller came up with the design when he was trying to find a way for constructing buildings using a minimum of materials. The shape is a series of hexagons, pentagons and triangles, which can be fitted together to make a round surface. The modern soccer ball is essentially a Buckminster Soccer Ball consisting of 20 hexagonal and 12 pentagonal surfaces.

When they are sewn together and inflated they make a near perfect sphere. The black spots on the soccer ball helps players to perceive any swerve on the ball. Technology has again prevailed in making the sport a dream to play. With fierce competition in the manufacture of the soccer ball from brand name companies like Puma, Nike, Adidas, Mitre and Umbro enhances your selection on soccer ball variety so check out our awesome deals now!

 

Soccer Cones Soccer Cones are a coaches’ aid that helps players with their dribbling skills, ball control, speed and agility development. So if you are a rookie looking to get started on your soccer training journey look no further and indulge yourself in soccer cone galore and get cracking with your training now. Soccer cones becomes a great help to the player who’s looking to go beyond just having fun but rather seeking to enhance their skill and agility to become a polished player.This piece of soccer equipment is easily accessible and cheap as well.

 

Soccer Goals Soccer Goals. were first described in England in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. In 1584 and 1602 respectively, John Norden and Richard Carew referred to "goals" in Cornish hurling. Carew described how goals were made: "they pitch two bushes in the ground, some eight or ten foot apart.The first reference to scoring a goal is in John Day's play The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green (performed circa 1600; published 1659). Similarly in a poem in 1613, Michael Drayton refers to "when the Ball to throw, And drive it to the Gole, in squadrons forth they go". Solid crossbars were first introduced by the Sheffield Rules.

 

Football nets were invented by Liverpool engineer John Brodie in 1891 and they were a necessary help for discussions about whether or not a goal had been scored.In this modern era goals are placed at the centre of each goal-line. These consist of two upright posts placed equidistant from the corner flagposts, joined at the top by a horizontal crossbar. The inner edges of the posts must be 7.32 metres (8 yd) apart, and the lower edge of the crossbar must be 2.44 metres (8 ft) above the ground. Nets are usually placed behind the goal, though are not required by the Laws.


Goalposts and crossbars must be white, and made of wood, metal or other approved material. Rules regarding the shape of goalposts and crossbars are somewhat more lenient, but they must conform to a shape that does not pose a threat to players. Since the beginning of the football there have always been goalposts, but the crossbar wasn't invented until 1875, where a string between the goalposts was used.


A goal is scored when the soccer ball crosses the goal line between the goal-posts, even if a defending player last touched the soccer ball before it crossed the goal line. A goal may, however, be ruled illegal (and void by the referee) if the player who scored or a member of his team commits an offence under any of the laws between the time the ball was previously out of play and the goal being scored.

It is also deemed void if a player on the opposing team commits an offence before the ball has passed the line, as in the case of fouls being committed, a penalty awarded but the ball continued on a path that caused it to cross the goal line. Although soccer goals differ standard that all must adhere to according to the soccer governing body.I am happy to say that for the different formats of the game gives us a variety suited to our needs.To single out a few there are training goals for that 5 a-side game or the pop up goals for easy and quick set up in the park for some fun.There is not much more to say on goals except that we have a wide range that hopefully will suit what you are looking for.

 

 

Soccer Training Vest Training Vests These become very useful in your training sessions to distinguish opposite sides or A team vs B team.They come in many colours and are quick and easy to put on. In this modern era everyone is looking for that edge over opponents and technology plays a very important role in achieving that edge.Training vests are now being fitted with GPS devices that has a number of functions for player improvement and performance. They can be worn at training or when playing a match and can give coaches much needed information.They can be especially helpful in preseason training when preparing teams for the league.


The simplicity of these devices collect player's performance data like distance covered, running speed, monitor stress loads and heart rate, intricate details on performance, fitness and well-being. All this can help coaches manage players better by making informed decisions because they know their capabilities and that they always have that competitive edge. One of the advantages of having GPS systems in training vests is for medical purposes concerning injuries and well being of players. Most clubs, national teams etc all employ these sophisticated vests and is becoming very popular because keeping your players on the pitch is obviously the key to winning.



 

Power Chute

Power Chutes. If you are looking to improve the player’s speed and stamina, then the power chutes is for you.They are good for acceleration drills to give the player that extra edge over their opponent.The power chutes helps in the short sprints exercise that comes in handy when carving through defenses and yields great rewards.Wearing a power chutes during your sprinting workouts adds an element of resistance that your hips and legs have to overcome. How fast you can sprint is dependent on your technique and explosiveness in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings and calves. The power chutes is a good option for advanced sprinters to overcome a plateau. However, it has the potential of adversely affecting younger sprinters who are still working on technique. Power Chutes have some important features to note:


* Increase running speed with enhanced explosiveness.
* 2" Wide cushioned and adjustable waist belt (24" to 40" waist) with fast release velcro closure.
* Adjustable length Tow Strap (30" to 60") with fast latch to waist belt.
* 39" Square Power Chutes made of rip-stop nylon, with 8-shroud lines to minimize tangles.


The speed chute is perfect for adding resistance to your running drills. Use it to increase running speed, explosiveness, acceleration, and lower body strength. The speed chute has a quick release velcro belt, which is great for over-speed training. It is also used to build sprint speed, the speed chute combines resistance with over-speed running, the two key elements of power chutes training. During the initial part of the run power chutes provides resistance for strength training, then release the Power chutes (via fast release belt) to initiate the over-speed phase. Feel the "Burst ofSpeed!" This combination increases your strength, stamina, speed, explosiveness and acceleration while it improves your running technique.

 

Side Steppers Side steppers. Ankle cuffs are connected by adjustable latex resistance cord. Improve multi-directional foot and leg speed, power and quickness. Innovative and uniquely adjustable to allow increase or decrease of resistance in a flash ideal for the development of lateral and vertical explosive speed and acceleration. Side steppers can be utilised in squad workouts, player physiotherapy, circuit training and recreational fitness training. Side steppers multi-positional resistance incorporates patented resistance technology. 

Fully adjustable and padded ankle cuffs secure the cord between the ankles or knees. Pair of fully adjustable, padded ankle cuffs with cord and adjustable connection sockets that features only latex surgical tubing double stitched with anti-rot twine all weather attachment points.Side steppers is another useful piece of training equipment especially for the player who is looking to strengthen leg muscles and reduce knee ligament injury.Beside that it is useful for learning to be evasive while being steady on your feet.

 

Agility Ladder is an inexpensive piece of exercise equipment that you can roll out on any flat surface (you can also “draw” one on the floor). Agility refers to your ability to change positions quickly, using quick, controlled movements.This skill will clearly give you an advantage over your competitors and improve combat performance and general fitness.They keep actively engaged in both mind and body, providing an exciting workout you'll actually look forward to.

Agility ladder training helps to improve your functional movements,the rate at which your muscles contract,your balance,and enhances your natural reflexes so you'll react with a renewed swiftness.They are great for improving your footwork and agility. Agility ladder movements include sideways shuffles, skipping through rungs, and other movements conducted up and down the ladder Such agility ladder movements help to strengthen your joints, ligaments, and tendons while improving coordination, focus, and heart health. Agility ladder training had the added benefit of improving cognitive performance as well, including memory and vigilance. The agility ladder is popular in cross fit gyms, sports teams, and fitness freaks. An agility ladder is a piece of equipment commonly used to increase the agility of an athlete. Often made from flexible material in order to avoid injuries caused by the athlete being tripped on the rungs.They are cheap to buy or they are pretty simple to make.

All you need is a roll of duct tape and some free paint-stirring sticks, which happen to be exactly the right size for a regulation agility ladder. Unlike a typical handyman's ladder, the rungs of the agility ladder are usually not wide or deep and are often made of rope to avoid injuries while building conditioning, agility and eye-to-foot coordination. When laid on the ground, the agility ladder creates a piece of exercise equipment that requires the user to quickly move his or her feet in between the rungs with precise coordination.It can be used for a number of different drills and exercises. Some of these drills include the hop-scotch, in-out and tango drills. Agility ladder movements include sideways shuffles, skipping through rungs, and other movements conducted up and down the ladder.

Agility is important for any athlete for two reasons. Firstly, the more agile an athlete is the better he or she will be able to perform while in competition and second it helps to improve the time taken for the body to react and readjust itself to an event. An increased agility can also help to reduce common injuries that are associated with too much stress being put onto inflexible muscles. It's our sincere desire for the development and safety of our valued customers and would recommend the agility ladder for that purpose so see what we have on offer.


Soccer Boots

As soccer players we know that footwear becomes the main piece of soccer equipment to own. We will help you explore the endless possibilities of soccer boots awareness.One of the main things you will get to understand is about the different types of playing surfaces and the soccer boots designed for each surface.Technology has played a crucial role in player development and safety and a good understanding of playing surfaces ensures the best choice for your feet.

Soccer Apparel

As we know that soccer jerseys are about what identifies a team.The thought of putting on a coveted soccer jersey, soccer shorts, soccer socks or Soccer T shirts makes one feel they belong and have an insatiable desire to imitate their favourite soccer icon. So if you are an ordinary fellow like me who wants to represent a team or proudly display your strong allegiance to one then look no further than soccerdreem.com. Whether it be top of the range apparel or more basic (but affordable) jerseys we have a huge inventory of men's soccer apparel, women's soccer apparel and youth soccer apparel to meet your specific need.

Soccer Rookie

Is your Books and DVDs page if you are new to soccer and want to learn about how to play the game.There is insightful information for you to glean from to improve your soccer skills and have a good all round knowledge of how to get started.For parents and coaches soccer fundamentals , drills and the like will help teach and inspire your kids and players alike.So have a peep and remember to bookmark this page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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