Soccer Equipment List: 17 Items Every Child Must Have

Soccer Equipment
Youth Sports

Getting your kids enthusiastic about sports like soccer calls for several things: showing them videos of the most outrageous soccer skills, involving them in a pee wee league in the sport, and equipping them well enough to enjoy and be safe while playing the game.

Like most sports, soccer doesn’t have that long an equipment list.  That being said, here are some sporting gear pieces that your kids can’t do without if they want to play soccer. Here is an essential soccer equipment list for kids to get them started on the right foot.

1. Soccer Ball

Champion Sports Viper Soccer Ball, Size 3 Yellow/Black/White
  • Indoor/outdoor size 3 soccer ball - recommended for ages 8 and under
  • 4 ply soft touch PU synthetic leather cover for added softness
  • Air lock butyl bladder for exceptional air and shape retention during regular play
  • Machine stitched panels for added quality and durability with a 1 year unconditional guarantee against all defects
  • Color: Yellow/Black/White

Before you buy anything else or anything on this soccer equipment list, you should consider getting your child a soccer ball. This is the first step towards getting them interested in the game.

This is something they can kick around in the backyard and practice their skills before they decide whether or not they want to do this on a more serious level.

2. Cleats

adidas Boy's Goletto VII FG J Football Shoe, core Black/Shock Pink/Shock Pink, 2 M US Little Kid
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You had probably heard of stories about some of the best soccer players in the world growing up playing barefoot soccer in their local fields before they became superstars.

While these stories are inspiring, most leagues and competitions specify that every player MUST use soccer cleats during a competitive game.

Not only do these shoes protect your kids’ feet, but they also prevent them from skidding across the pitch, making their game better.

3. Shin Guards

DashSport Soccer Shin Guards -Youth Sizes Best Kids Soccer Equipment with Ankle Sleeves - Great for Boys and Girls Extra Small
  • SIZE XS is smaller and narrower, go by height and shin size rather than age, when in doubt we suggest Small for the majority of our customers
  • Complete Protection: Unlike Slip in Style Guards, DashSport Youth Shin Guards Have an Ankle Support Sleeve to Protect Younger Players During Practice and Games
  • Sure Fit: Please See Our Sizing Chart in the Images Section, or the Description Section Below, for Selecting the Best Fit
  • Warranty: 1 Year Free No-Hassle Replacement Guarantee

While these come as a standard requirement in almost every soccer league, there’s an essential reason why your child needs to have at least a pair of shin guards.

Protection. Shin guards are worn under the socks to protect the player’s shins from potential injuries that may occur as they fight for the ball on the pitch.

4. Soccer Ball Pump

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Sports Stable Ball Pump with 5 Needles. Dual-Action Air Pump for Your Basketball, Football, Soccer Ball, Volleyball, and Other Inflatable Balls
  • FAST ACTION BALL PUMP saves your time. Your new pump inflates with each push and pull of the handle
  • EASY TO USE Minimal pieces, no hose to attach. Save your time for the game not assembling a pump
  • DURABLE Sleek robust design means you can rely on it to get you back on the pitch and ready to play
  • PORTABLE AND CONVENIENT Fits in your bag, trunk, even your pocket. Take it wherever you may need it
  • NO BATTERIES NEEDED pump with your own hand and save electricity

A soccer ball pump isn’t entirely essential since kids can share this apparatus, and not every single one needs to have their own. However, if you live far from other kids who are interested in soccer or want your kid to be as self-sufficient as possible in this regard, then buying them a soccer ball pump is a great idea.

Soccer balls tend to lose their pressure over time either due to constant use, storage, and maybe even slow punctures. With a soccer ball pump, your kid can always make sure that their ball holds the optimum pressure, which makes it enjoyable to play with at any given time.

5. Soccer Shirt

Icon Sports FC Barcelona 1899 Graphic T-Shirt (Small, Burgundy)
  • Official Licensed FC Barcelona Product
  • 100% airlume combed and ringspun cotton
  • Screenprinted Graphic
  • Tagless Collar

Depending on how enthusiastic your child is about this game, you can get them a host of soccer team shirts from the most popular teams around the globe or simply a few from his or her favorite team.

Not only is this a wonderful way to add to their practicing kit repertoire, but it’s also a good way to keep them motivated.

Besides, having a shirt with the numbers and names of iconic players like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo is something a kid can be proud of and show off to his or her teammates. It will also have the added effect of encouraging them to play like those players and emulate their discipline.

6. Soccer Shorts

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adidas mens Condivo 20 Shorts Black/White X-Small
  • Men's athletic shorts for every day
  • Regular fit for easy wear
  • Drawcord on elastic waist lets you adjust your fit
  • Moisture-absorbing AEROREADY helps you stay dry

Competitive soccer is always played in shorts, and it’s best to get your kids used to this, even during practice sessions.

Again, depending on how active and involved your kid is in the sport, you can either get them a couple of shorts or more for both practice and non-league games.

While these shorts can be gym shorts, getting regular soccer shorts would improve the level of authenticity as well as motivation for your kid.

7. Soccer Socks

Raigoo Soccer Sock For Kids(4-16 Years Old), Sport Athletic Team Kneel High Socks For Youth Boys & Girls
  • Moisture-wicking soccer socks, keep feet and comfortable and cooler, Comfortable stretch for all day wear.
  • The Athletic Game Socks perfect for teams as they comfortably fit. Whether you are playing a sport, such as football, soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball, rugby, school uniforms and all kind of athletic activities, or adding them to a costume or simply want to put some flash into your outfit these socks are the perfect choice. also can hold shin guards easily with the elastic upper portion and temperate compression can support circulation.
  • Soft, breathable and thick enough to protect feet from impact, this athletic socks with Nylon blend specially provide superior comfort and support around arch and ankle.
  • These socks hold up well after repeated washings, and fits kids shoe size 8K-13K (4-7 Years Old) ,shoe size 1-5 (8-11 Years old),shoe size 6-10(12-16 Years old)
  • About after service, we offer 100% no risk money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your purchase. Just contact us and we will give you the most satisfactory solution

These socks make them look smart and well kitted, but they are essential in holding the shin guard in place. If you are buying socks for practice sessions instead of regulation wear, it’s best to buy dark-colored ones.

Your kids are going to be playing in an open field, sometimes even through the rain. The darker the colors of these pieces of clothing, the better they will keep before changing color due to stubborn stains.

8. Tracksuit

Tracksuits are extremely convenient. Not only are they comfortable, but they can be worn on top of your team kit when traveling. This means that your kids won’t have to go scampering around to change before the game.

They can take the suits off and put them back on once the game is done. This is particularly ideal when they visit places where there are no changing rooms.

9. Team Kit or Uniform

Custom Soccer Jersey Sublimated Print Personalized Name Number Logo Team Men Football Jerseys Gradient Uniform (Black, S-Men)
  • ♦Material: 100%polyester ,Professional sports fabrics sublimation digital prting , Jersey is made with breathable, sweat-wicking fabric to help keep you cool, dry and comfortable.
  • ♦Our uniform only contain jerseys and shorts.Others are just image effects.
  • ♦Customized with your names and numbers in about a week. custom products is special products so we don't accept any returns and cancellation after recieve payment!
  • ♦Note:If you need to custom logo and the other design ,Go to Contact us after placing your order. We can send a proof so you can approve the design.
  • ♦Fast service: It takes about 3-5 working days to prepare your order. Shipping time is 7-10 working days. If more than 4 pieces, the delivery time is 3-5 working days.

Of course, this only applies if your kid is interested enough to join a team. Usually, you will find that the team will provide your kid with the uniform they will need to wear.

However, if this isn’t the case in their particular youth soccer league, then buying them a pair or two is the best way to keep them interested and feeling like part of the team.

The team managers or coach should point you in the right direction as far where you can get the team uniform is concerned.

10. Trainers

While cleats are an integral part of every professional soccer game, your kid isn’t always going to be required to wear them when playing.

Some grounds aren’t conducive for cleats, and that’s why they’ll need a pair of soccer trainers as well. These allow them to enjoy a game of kickball on pretty much any surface.

11. Leggings and Under Armour

CVVTEE Boys Compression Pants Base Layers Soccer Hockey Tights Athletic Leggings Thermal for Kids Black
  • Material:Polyester, Compression Pants for Kids.Fabric without Formaldehyde.Health.NOT FLEECE LINED.
  • Superior Moisture Wicking Performance.Wear it Under Football and Hockey Equipment to Keep Warm on a Cold Game or Practice day.
  • For Boys and Girls Football or Basketball Sports,Wear Under Clothes for Protect Muscle.
  • Sun Screen in Summer,In Fall or Winter,Keep Cold Air Away From Children Body and not lose away.
  • Suit For All Kids Outdoor Sports Underwear,Sun Screen,Protect Skin Dry and Not Hurt.

While soccer is ideally enjoyed in warm weather as the sun shines down on the players, sometimes this isn’t the case. Buying your kids a pair of leggings and Under Armour will allow them to play even through frigid weather as these pieces of clothing can be worn under their kit or tracksuit to keep them warm.

12. Soccer Training Aids

Big B Pro Sports Speed Agility Training Set - Includes Ladder, 20 Cones with Holder, Running Parachute, Jump Rope, Resistance Bands, and Hurdles for Training Football, Soccer, and Basketball Athletes
  • 🏆CHAMPION QUALITY - Built to get you through your rigorous workouts, our speed agility equipment kit uses high quality materials to create a premium set that can help you get the most of your agility training needs. Get the most out of our enhanced speed and agility training configurations thanks to the added four adjustable ABS plastic hurdles and 20 cones.
  • 🏈READY TO USE - Adjusting and unwinding ladder straps is not something you have to deal with here thanks to our ready-to-use packaging and sturdy plastic rungs, taking your speed agility training setups from tedious to instant!
  • 🏃EXPLOSIVE POTENTIAL - Improved running parachute design means saying goodbye to ripping and moving closer to achieving maximum explosiveness. Features a secure and adjustable belt that stays clipped to your waist with just one click and can be adjusted up to 42 inches.
  • 🏅THE COMPLETE PACKAGE - Training Cones that are flexible and lightweight, with a cone holder for easy storage! The quality jump rope will help you build endurance so you outperform your competition when it counts! Multiple resistance level bands from easy to hard that will take your training to another level and work muscles that are essential to performance! Carry Bag - A zippered carry bag to efficiently carry all of your items. A handle to carry your hurdles wherever you go!
  • 🙂 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - Pride and quality are the foundation of everything Big B Pro Sports does. That's why we offer 60-day returns – if for any reason, you're not 100% satisfied with our speed agility training set, get in touch and we'll make sure you get your money back as soon as possible.

This represents a wide variety of gear. Apart from the ball, you can buy your kid a host of soccer training aids such as a mini-goal, cones, skipping rope, and so on.

All these can be used to improve his conditioning as well as skill level. Cones and mini-goals are the perfect aids for undertaking different drills such as penalty shootouts, dribbling, passing, etc.

13. Goalkeeper Gloves

Jalunth Goalkeeper Goalie Soccer Gloves - Kids & Youth Football Goal Keeper Gloves with Embossed Anti-Slip Latex Palm and Soft PU Hand Back (Green, 6)
  • Embossed Anti-slip Latex Palam –Embossed anti-skid latex palm provides a strong girp and some extra protection without impeding movement when handling the ball even in wet conditions. Gives you confidence in control and handling of the ball tightly in comfort
  • Super Soft PU Hand Back – Hand back made of Have high quality Super Soft PU Material. The breathable web material provide enough maneuverability to be able to flex and withstand powerful shots and catch the ball with ease without injuring the hand
  • Durable & Comfortable – 40% Latex, 45% PU Leather, 15% polyester. These gloves are so strong that they are hard to splitted whether in fierce competition or in routine training
  • Tight Velcro Wrist Straps - Adjustable strong wristband safeguard don’t come loose during a game as some of cheaper pairs gloves. Fit on nice and tight, providing that additional powerful support for your wrists without any arising issues
  • Breathable mesh net around fingers, purlicue and wrist keep you hand dry and cool when your hands sweat

It should be said that these aren’t exactly necessary, but they can give your kid an added advantage even if they don’t play the goalkeeper position.

There are some drills that goalkeepers undertake that helps with their reflexes and agility. Having a pair of goalkeeper gloves will help your kid perform these drills more comfortably while developing the skills that they teach.

14. Water Bottle

Exershield Soccer Water Bottle 750 ml (25 oz) Leak Proof, BPA Free (1)
  • Dutch made high quality product. Produced in an ethically responsible and sustainable way.
  • BPA Free, Phthalate Free for safe drinking.
  • Easy to clean, no leak spout.
  • Sophisticated soccer design, great for adults, teens and kids.

No matter which position they play, your child will need to stay hydrated during a game of soccer. Yes, during tournaments or official league games, the team will probably provide them with standardized water bottles.

However, your child needs to have their own water bottle, distinguishable from the rest, during practice sessions and even during those friendly games. They can carry water or an energy drink in this bottle wherever they go.

15. Kit or Soccer Bag

Boys Girls Soccer Bags Soccer Backpack Basketball vollyball Football Bag Backpack Youth with Ball Compartment All Sports Gym Bag
  • LARGE VENTED BALL COMPARTMENT - The front ball compartment is perfect for carrying a soccer ball, volleyball, basketball, or football
  • SEPARATE CLEAT COMPARTMENT - The bottom compartment is vented to carry your cleats or shoes and keep the stink out
  • Perfect for storing all your soccer accessories for boys and girls to and from practice & tournaments. Yopaseeur soccer backpack for girls and boys is an easy way to stay organized!

  • BACKED BY THE Yopaseeur 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - If your are not satisfied with your new Yopaseeur Bag for any reason, simply return it for a full refund, no questions asked!

A shin guard set, soccer balls, cleats, tracksuits…all this gear and soccer training equipment needs to be stored somewhere or transported somehow in one convenient location. That’s why buying your child a kit bag is an excellent idea.

The best soccer bag has multiple compartments with the most frequently used soccer gear, including easily accessible water bottles.

Your best approach is to buy a waterproof soccer bag that they can carry with them anywhere and trust to keep their gear dry even when it rains.

16. Tape

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EZlifego Double Sided Tape Heavy Duty (9.85FT), Multipurpose Removable Mounting Tape Adhesive Grip,Washable Strong Sticky Wall Tape Strips Transparent Tape Poster Carpet Tape for Paste Items,Household
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  • 【REMOVABLE & REUSABLE & TRACELESS】- The removable double-sided tape is easy to remove and will not damage walls or surfaces and it leaves no residue.Wash it in water and dry it to regain its stickiness when the washable adhesive tape becomes dirty. Please Note: it is not recommended to use it on unstable walls,avoid causing the surface of the wall to fall off.
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  • 【 Versatile Use 】- Use it to fix or paste items such as pictures, a car phone holder, wall stickers, hooks, sticky pads, and phone cases. This sticky transparent tape can be used in the office or at home and brings great convenience to your life!
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Tape is quite convenient to have. Most players won’t need tape often, but it’s ideal to have at least one soccer player carrying tape for when it is needed. That could be your child. Tape is often used for a wide variety of purposes. For example:

  • Taping over jewelry such as earrings
  • Taping over soccer socks, so they don’t slide down during a game
  • Taping over shin guards, so they don’t move about when you get knocked

It might seem miscellaneous, but tape can be very useful. Some players even use it to tape two or three of their fingers together to minimize the risk of injury in case of a fall.

17. Warm Coat

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Wantdo Women's Winter Lightweight Down Jacket Packable Warm Coat Black Large
  • TRAVEL IN STYLE - Made of 20D 400T nylon, our stylish and compressible winter jackets for women are ideal for on-the-go use with its carrying pouch - perfect to bring on travels and commutes
  • WINDPROOF & WARM - Battle strong winds without worry with a down jacket women can count on. Our jacket lets you indulge in superior support and warmth even under challenging weather conditions
  • EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY - This fully-zippered and hooded light down jacket for women boasts a waterproof coating and robust construction, perfect for slight rain and snowy weather
  • PRACTICAL TRAVEL JACKETS FOR WOMEN - Keep your valuables with you at all times! This short puffer jacket employs 2 zippered pockets, 2 interior pockets, and a media port for earphone wires
  • MADE WITH CARE - This clothing is a lightweight puffer jacket women can wear comfortably. It is crafted with responsibly sourced 90% duck down filling for insulation and is also RDS-certified

Even if your kid is the star of the youth soccer team, they will probably have to spend some time on the bench. This can happen in the middle of a game when they get substituted or on the ride to and from games or even during half-time.

If the game is being played in frigid weather, they can use this coat to keep themselves and their muscles warm and loose instead of shivering away while trying to concentrate on the team talk or waiting to get substituted in.

This essential soccer equipment list might seem long, but it could get longer depending on what you think your kid needs the most.

As for now, these 17 pieces of soccer equipment, aids, and soccer gear will equip your child well enough to help them enjoy and remain protected through games and practice sessions.

Last update on 2021-06-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API