A lot of players come to play indoor soccer with no experience. Either they’ve been outdoor players all their lives and they want to train for their sport during the winter, or they’ve been introduced to the sport by their friends. Either way, you need to know what equipment you need, and this article will tell you exactly that!
The first thing you need is your team uniform. This may seem obvious, but a lot of indoor soccer facilities require that teams wear a specific uniform and that nobody is wearing anything different. This includes, at the least, your team shirt or jersey. Often, you also all need to wear the same shorts as well. Some facilities even require you wear the same color socks, but we’ll get to socks in a little bit.
Let’s start from your head and move down. If you wear glasses, I highly recommend that you get sports goggles. Glasses break very easily due to the physical nature of the game, and can fall off a lot too. Ideally you’d wear contact lenses, but sports goggles are the next best choice. A lot of indoor soccer players also wear protective headgear. This is because a lot of people get concussions in indoor soccer, and you definitely want to protect against that!
Some equipment you do NOT need are bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. These can be very dangerous because of the close quarters of the game, and can easily catch on shirts or skin. Please take these off before playing!
Wear a comfortable shirt and shorts if you can. You tend to sweat a lot in indoor soccer, so making sure you’re not uncomfortable is good.
Now for the most important part – your legs! I mentioned socks already – try to get a thin pair in the color your team wears. Again, the sweat can be an issue here. Get a good pair of shinguards – I suggest in the $30-50 range. Shinguards can cost up to $150, but you don’t need this. All you need is a solid pair that will adequately protect you.
For details about cleats, I really recommend that you check out the site I have listed below. It’s got lots of great information on indoor cleats. I’ll give you a brief overview here. Most places allow cleats, so you can wear those if you don’t want to pay more money. However, I recommend cleats made for indoor soccer, because these allow you to move and cut a lot faster, which is vital in indoor soccer. I highly recommend you check out the site below, though.
Now that you know what equipment you need for indoor soccer, get it and start playing! The only way to get better is to play!