Soccer is an alternate name for what nations outside the United States
call football, a game played on a field approximately 110 yards long by
80 yards wide. Two teams of 11 players try to control the ball using
only their feet (with a few exceptions), and attempt to score goals on
the opposing team. It is probably the most popular team sport in the
world, with the World Cup the most important prize.
The demand for soccer equipment continues to grow as more and more
children and adults begin to play the sport. Many leagues also
exist, both amateur and professional. Children's teams are also
prevalent, with many soccer clubs sponsored by schools and towns on the
Soccer players need shin guards and cleats to play safely and
effectively; soccer goalies also use specialized knee pads and elbow
pads. Shin guards are the most important protective gear, although
many players also use wrist guards to prevent against falling injuries
that result from trying to strip or steal the ball. Any cleat will
do for soccer, although there are cleats made specifically for soccer,
with higher support for the ankle.
You'll need more than cleats and guards if you plan on playing soccer,
however. Larger equipment pieces and game-day hardware like nets,
cones and posts can be found at many of the same retailers where you'd
find your team's personal equipment.