With soccer being the world sport it is important to be familiar with the soccer training equipment used. Soccer is an extremely pragmatic sport but has become thrust into the technology age with new ways to train the body for the best performance. Here are some ways a player can start out in the sport of soccer.
Starting from the youngest of youth levels the most important piece of equipment is the uniform. Many companies have been producing materials that wick sweat away from the body providing more endurance and comfort while playing. The uniform consists of socks, shorts and shirt. Shinguards should always be worn underneath the sock during training and games. The footwear varies on the playing surface, if the training is outdoor then rubber soccer cleats are necessary. If the training is indoor, then indoor soccer shoes or tennis shoes will suffice. Many coaches will agree that every player must bring their own ball to training. The size of the ball must be age appropriate and the soccer ball package will have that information. The goalkeeper requires a different kind of uniform and I will delve into that in a coming post.
The coach is the field general and they must have equipment that make the training flow smoothly. It is important that the coach be prepared with all necessary equipment well before the training and it should be well planned. A whistle is essential to get the attention of the players and to direct play during training. A stopwatch is used to time training and the different sessions. There are many soccer drills that need to use a specified area and coaches use cones to mark these areas. Coaches should plan their training and arrive early to place all required cones. The coach must have a first-aid kit and water during the training session.
The soccer training equipment mentioned is not meant to be an exhaustive list but to help coaches and players who are eager to start training and need information on the proper equipment.