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Equipment Required for In House Soccer

Required In House Soccer Equipment

A ball, shoes, shin guards, water bottle, and uniform. Please read below to find out specifics about each.

Shin Guards. They can be soft or molded shin guards  - supplied by the player, ankle cups are recommended  (sometimes attached to the guard so they cannot be easily separated and lost).

Uniform - Team shirt, shorts, & socks – supplied by the club, and included in the registration fee.

Water Bottle – large enough to hydrate your child for the duration of practice &/or the game.

Shoes - cleats are recommended, but not a requirement – supplied by the player.  Any cleats worn must be soccer cleats. Metal cleats (golf or baseball style) are not allowed.  Note: please do not purchase shoes that are too large for your kids “so they will grow into them”.  Those extra lengths of shoe can drag in the grass, thus leading to extra strain on the shin muscles and ligaments, and possibly shin splints.

Soccer Ball - The club supplies each team with a just few balls to play/practice with, so each player should also bring one ball for themselves to practice with. Read below to find the correct size for your child’s age group.

There are 3 sizes of ball generally used in soccer, from smallest to largest these are size 3, size 4, size 5. The ball size should be printed on the ball, usually near the air valve.  If it is not printed on the ball, and you are therefore unsure of its size, select a different ball.

Size 3 ball - This ball size will be used by our U4 and U6 teams

Size 4 ball - This ball size will be used by our U8 teams

No in-house players should bring a size 5 ball to practice.
 
Why is ball size important? The balls don’t just get larger with their higher number, they get heavier too. A ball that is too  heavy is damaging to developing bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. A ball that is too heavy adds the danger of head injury if a ball is kicked high. Also, if a ball is too large, it is harder for young kids to maneuver around, leading to frustration.

Used Equipment

If you have cleats, shin guards, and even balls in good condition that your family has outgrown, please consider donating them to the Clothes Closet at the Northfield Community Action Center (CAC).

In need of equipment? Please consider shopping at the Clothes Closet.  They have a sports section and profits from sales support their/our community programs.

The Clothes Closet is now open in its new space in downtown Northfield in the River Park Mall (600 Water Street South)!

The Clothes Closet is open and accepts donations Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.