This Year’s Best Soccer Gear: A position-by-position breakdown

Before you step onto the pitch this fall soccer season, you’ve got to grab the hottest gear around. Eastbay has you covered with the latest cleats, clothing, and equipment from the brands you love. To top it all off, we have almost all of these products in men’s, women’s, and youth sizes. So, let’s get you fixed up in the perfect gear.

For The Forwards

Eastbay Soccer Gear Guide - Forwards

Premier goal-scorers need a lot in their cleats. To break past the final line of defenders and strike the winning goal, you need total control, elite speed, and a locked-down fit. Nike Mercurial cleats deliver in all three of those fronts thanks to their textured striping along the upper, triangular and bladed stud patterns on the outsole, and Dynamic Fit collar around the ankles.

The fastest players on the pitch are going to want to listen up here — we’ve got the perfect cleat for you. The adidas X is crafted with a SPRINTFRAME outsole that gives you reliable stability while remaining as light as humanly possible. Its techfit bootie upper hugs your foot for a snug fit, giving you the explosive, game-breaking cleat you demand.

For The Midfielders

Eastbay Soccer Gear Guide - Midfielders

The first thing you’ll notice about the all-new adidas Nemeziz cleats is their flashy style. But these are way more than just a good looking cleats, they’re built to perform too. Their revolutionary Agility Bandage System upper and Torsion Frame construction provide the perfect mix of control, stability, and comfort. Plus, these are the cleats that Lionel Messi rocks on game day. That’s some good company to be in.

With its Flyknit upper, the Nike Hypervenoms have a fit that closely resembles a running shoe. That added comfort and reliability matters greatly for mids as they cover more ground and space than any other position. The cleats’ foam pods along key strike zones upgrade your footwork and touch so you can start the momentum-shifting fast break.

For The Defenders

Eastbay Soccer Gear Guide - Defenders

No matter the weather or situation, defenders always need to be on the top of their game. The thin layer of texture on the upper of the adidas Ace cleats gives you total command of the ball, even under stormy conditions. The TOTAL CONTROL cleat placement keeps you low to the ground and boosts your support.

Everything on the Nike Magista cleat is built ideally for a defender. The lightly raised dots along the upper give you total ball control while the lightweight sockliner adds low-profile, reliable cushioning. The Pebax outsole gives you added responsiveness with every step and the rounded stud shapes upgrade your rotational acceleration.

For The GoaliesEastbay Soccer Gear Guide - Goalies

The Nike Tiempos have long been a favorite with goal keepers thanks to their true leather upper. Their durable construction ensures that the cleats maintain their shape and keep you comfortable all game long. Their unique tongue ensures that nothing gets in the way of every punt and kick you make while their classic outsole features studs of all different shapes, for ideal traction.

Soccer’s past and present merge in the adidas Copa cleats. Their look was inspired heavily by classic designs, but they are packed full of modern technology. From an Ortholite sockliner for comfort to a SPRINTFRAME outsole for lightweight explosiveness, the Copa helps keep you focused on making the big save.

Other Soccer Essentials

Eastbay Soccer Gear Guide

It’s not just cleats you need to complete the season. From a soccer apparel perspective, the Nike Academy line is your go-to. With shorts, tees, and pants in a variety of colors and styles, there’s destined to be plenty of clothing that fits you perfectly. They are all built with Nike’s Dri-FIT fabric which wicks away moisture and gives you a full range of motion on the pitch.

Storelli protective gear is a must for players who want to stay safe without slowing down. No matter your position and no matter what type of gear you’re looking for, Storelli has lightweight, anatomically formed padded apparel that you can trust to deliver game in and game out.

If you’re looking to get reps outside of practice, SKLZ Practice Goals will quickly become your best friends. They’re durable, easy to set up and even easier to transport. We offer nine different sizes from 4’x3’ all the way up to 18’x7’.

As you head back to school, why not take your soccer and mix it with a casual style into the hallways? From the classic Samba collection to the new Nemeziz shoes, we have plenty of off-field adidas options. If you are more of a Team Nike fan, we have plenty of Mercurial, Hypervenom, Magista, and Tiempo options as well.

You know you have to wear shin guards, so they better be as light and breathable as possible. Your two best options are the Nike Mercurial Lite and the adidas Ghost Pro. The Merc Lite features channels in the foam that evaporate moisture while the Ghost Pro has breaks in the actual guard to let air flow in. If you’re looking for the next step up in comfort during games, the Nike Mercurial Flylite has webbing that holds the hard surface of the guard off your leg for enhanced air circulation.

The Nike Ordem has been an elite player’s favorite soccer ball for years now and it’s worth every penny. Aerowtrac grooves take your grip to the next level whether you’re the attacker trying to score the goal or the goalie trying to stop him.

If you didn’t find the color or style you were quite looking for above, we have even more options for fall at eastbay.com.

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