I am going to make a confession. I have never played soccer in my life (with the exception of a few pick up games at camp back in the day). I think I would have enjoyed soccer, I just did other activities as a child instead. But now I find myself a soccer mom, standing in the store aisle trying to figure out what size ball a 5 year old needs (size 3, in case you were wondering) and whether my son needs to wear a cup (no).
I figured there are probably some other new soccer moms (or dads!) out there too that could use this information as well, so I compiled a list that I hope will help.
1. A Size 3 Soccer Ball
Kids under 8 use a size 3 soccer ball, and then a size 4 ball until age 12.
2. Shin Guards
We are rotating back and forth between the hard shin guards and the soft-shelled shin guards. My 3 year old is too short to wear any shin guards – a shame since at that age kids are kicking anywhere but at the ball! (Note for my 5 year old, the smallest youth size possible is what fits best… XS or S depending on the brand).
3. Soccer Socks
4. Soccer Shorts
Here’s a flash back for those of you who grew up in the 90’s like me! I need to get my son some Umbros just for nostalgia reasons. It drives me nuts when my son doesn’t match…and his little gym shorts (see below) aren’t doing the job.
I was surprised to find out how inexpensive cleats were. I don’t know why I expected them to cost much more…but very reasonable. That was a bonus. The extra, extra bonus is that they motivated my son to learn to tie his shoes! Score!
6. Goal for Backyard Practice
If your kids are like mine, once they get the soccer bug, they will want to play all the time. A pop-up goal makes practice and pick up games easy. Goals are a perfect holiday or birthday gift, too!
9. Soccer Cones
Cones can also be used as goals, or they can be used for your kids to create drills of their own. Since Daddy coaches the team, we throw them in the bag and bring them to practice!
Becoming a soccer mom has been really rewarding. I love seeing my sons enjoy being part of a team and I love to cheer on the kids on our team (and the other team, too!). I don’t discriminate when it comes to cheering on adorable kids!