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Protection For The Game: Learn More About Soccer Shin Guards

Take on the competition with confidence-soccer shin guards are one of the most important pieces of equipment you'll wear on the pitch.

Whether you're an experienced athlete or a novice on the field, find the pair of soccer shin guards that shield and protect without hindering your mobility. Select from a variety of styles, technologies and features that match your game.

Soccer shin guards are required for competition by all organized leagues. This critical safety piece is available in slip-in, stirrup or shin-sock styles. Shop shin guards from some of the most trusted names in soccer, like adidas®, Under Armour®, Umbro®, Nike® and PUMA®.

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Expert Advice

Dribble through defenders the way you were meant to. The right pair of soccer shin guards eliminates cuts, swelling and scrapes on the pitch, protecting your legs so you can play your best.

Younger players need lightweight shin guards that are non-restrictive. Older, more experienced players require advanced shin guards that are light yet full protective. These players should look for high-performance foam materials for superior shock absorption and protection.

Many youngsters prefer slip-in shin guards. These basic shields are lightweight and slip onto legs without closures or stirrups. Compression sleeves hold the shield in place to prevent shifting during play. Ventilated foam backing increases comfort.

Ankle shin guards are also recommended for younger players. These protectors provide more extensive coverage than a slip-in guard, with enhanced soft padding on both sides of the foot and ankle.

Advanced players need shin guards with stirrups and a specific closure mechanism. The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment requires that its approved shin guards be worn for high school and club level play.

The grade of protective materials used in your shin guards are among the most critical factors in your purchase:

Plastic is a basic material that in incredibly lightweight and protective, yet not as flexible and comfortable as other shin guard materials.

Foam Rubber is light, flexible and conforms to your shin for a more customized fit. This material does not offer the level of protection of other materials.

Polyurethane is heavier and more durable than other materials. It’s not entirely flexible, but offers sturdy, solid protection. This material is best suited for defenders and rough playing conditions.

Ethylene Vinyl Acetate is the soft foam on the back of your shin guard. It’s the material that makes contact with your skin, providing both comfort and shock absorption. Look for a shin guard treated to be anti-microbial and moisture-wicking, for comfort during play.


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