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The Best Gear for Playing Soccer in the Cold
A sport that is played all around the world, soccer has been played in many weather conditions, be it under hot summer sun or in the elements of winter. In fact, many soccer players prefer to play in cold weather as opposed to really hot weather. Though difficult to breathe in the cold, hot weather can be much more dangerous when intense cardio is performed. When temperatures drop, however, it’s important to wear the correct gear for playing soccer in the cold. How to choose soccer shin guards may still be a personal preference, but in order to stay warm while running up and down the field, players need the correct head, hand, body, and foot gear. The top brands like Under Armour, Adidas, and Nike have created clothing tailored specifically for these cold weather conditions.
The Ultimate Soccer Ball Guide
Believe it or not, there are a lot of different kinds of soccer balls out there. Some soccer balls are designed for street or urban settings, while others are best on an indoor turf field. Some balls have more or less air retention, or differ between latex bladders and butyl bladders. That's why soccer ball guides are so important for your gamplay. In order to cover the basics of all the different types of ball, from when and where they're used to how they're made, you need to be informed so that you can choose which ball will work best for you.
Best Soccer Balls for Training
Soccer, like any sport, has gone through an evolution over the years. The game has become faster, as have the players, and the soccer ball itself has evolved as well. The best soccer balls for training are the same ones that are the best for playing the game.
My Top 3 Candidates for the U.S. Men's National Team Coach
Since the failure of 2018, there has been a long debate as to who should be the new manager of the U.S. Men's National Team (USMNT). The current interim coach, Dave Sarachan, has done a great job of introducing young talents to the group. He might deserve a chance to be considered among the candidates. With that being said, here are my top three candidates for the USMNT coach.
Soccer Player's Guide to Foot Care
Do you think the best US Men's soccer players got that title without taking care of their precious pigs? Every footballer benefits from a soccer player's guide to foot care. In this game, your feet are your most valuable assets. All the fancy footwork in the world ceases to matter if you're dealing with turf toe, cramps, sprains, or athlete's foot. It's possible to guard against all of these problems as long as you care for your feet, toes, and ankles properly. In order to keep killing it on the soccer field, be sure you're equipped with the best info for foot care.
Best Shin Guards for Indoor Soccer
We've all heard horror stories of broken fibulas during intense soccer games. That's why players, from youth age to the pros invest in quality shin guards to protect their legs. Shin guards for indoor soccer are easy to find, because shin guards used in soccer will be the same for both outdoor soccer and indoor soccer. Regardless of where you play, every soccer player needs the same protection. Soccer shin guards are used to protect soccer players not only from the soccer ball, but most importantly, from other player’s feet. While indoor soccer may be less risky because players aren’t wearing spiked cleats, you’ll still want protection on your shins from possible kicks.
Frenkie de Jong, a Future Star in the Making
The name Frenkie de Jong may not sound familiar for most people. The Eredivisie (Dutch 1st division) is not a highly televised league like the Premier League or La Liga, but it’s a league with lots of young talent. One of them is de Jong. The young Ajax midfielder has been displaying his passing and dribbling abilities for the past 2 seasons but really came to his own during the 2017-18 season. Last year, he had the best passing accuracy and dribble success rate in the Eredivisie with 91.5 percent and 90.3 percent respectively and that was while playing as a centre-back in a 3-4-3 or 4-3-3 system during a large part of the season.
Best Women's Soccer Gear in 2018
Soccer is tough. Brutal, even. But it's even more so if you're not well prepared with the best women's soccer gear you can find. It's not just a matter of comfort or appearance—in fact, those are very much secondary concerns when it comes to soccer apparel and equipment. The real concern, and the reason you should care about what gear you wear and use, is that soccer players are at a very high risk of injury. Poor gear or lack of protection can put you out of the game for a long time, whether from strain-related injuries because of low-quality or ill-fitting soccer shoes, or contact injuries like turf burns or impact bruises from not having proper protective gear.
Best Soccer Cleats for Bad Knees
Let's be honest, most new players could probably use general tips for buying soccer cleats, and it's important to remember that even the best soccer players get injured from time to time. Whether the result of a medical condition, a specific injury, or simply too many years on the field, bad ankles and knees are an all-too-common ailment for soccer players. Thankfully, today's technology has allowed some of the largest soccer cleat manufacturers to design and produce footwear specially designed to reduce the strain soccer puts on your legs. Here are some of the best soccer cleats for bad knees to ensure you remain comfortable and effective on the field.
Liverpool off to Record Start!
After wins against West Ham, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester City, Liverpool are actually off to the best start they've ever had to a Premier League season, much to the shock to many football fans around the world. The 2018/2019 season got off to a flyer for Liverpool, with a 4-0 routing of West Ham, before being followed with a 2-0 away win at Selhurst Park. A 1-0 win at home against Brighton, thanks to a Mohammed Salah goal, proceeded the record-securing game, a 2-1 win against Leicester City.
"Can We Join You Guys?"
Soccer, the most beautiful sport in the world, has gained an outstanding popularity here in the US over the last decade. It's also one of the simplest, yet, most complex sports known to athletes. It only consists of a ball, a goal, and the willpower to improve. Over the past few weeks, I've been hearing the statement, "Soccer is a rich, white kid sport." Me being an African-American who enjoys playing soccer, can both, support and combat this statement.
A Complete Premier League Preview
The 2017–2018 Premier League season was, well, boring. Manchester City had the league essentially won by Halloween, sapping the world's biggest league of a climactic title fight. Hopefully, this season will be different and City will only win the league by ten points.