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

The grass has been cut. The lines have been painted. It’s time to head back to the soccer field. Eastbay is here to help make this your best season yet. We’ve got a massive collection of the best soccer gear from the biggest brands, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit. And, to make it easy on you, we even divided our soccer cleats by player type, so you can make sure you lace up the right way. Check it out below:


Top Cleats

Players Looking For Speed

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Looking to push the pace during every fast break? Then you’ll want to lace up in either the Mercurial or the X. The Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 Elite cleats are crafted for speed. A pod-shaped cleat plate system propels you forward with explosiveness, while micro-texture on the Flyknit upper gives you precise touch at the fastest speeds. The adidas X 18.1 is also perfect for speed players thanks to its lightweight, breathable Speedmesh upper and flexible, responsive Speedframe outsole.


Players Looking For Striking And Ball-Handling

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Premier offensive players who rely on their flashy footwork and goal scoring have plenty of great options out there. The Nike Hypervenom Phantom 3 Elite cleats are the perfect way to make a statement on the pitch, with their foam pods in strike zones for energy return and Flywire cables along the midfoot for lateral stability. Another great Nike option is their new Phantom Vision line. Thanks to a NikeSkin upper and Ghost Lace system, they offer a lockdown fit and precise control on the ball.

If you’re team adidas, you’ll want to check out the Nemeziz cleats. With their innovative Agility Bandage construction and lightweight Torsion frame, the adidas Nemeziz 18.1 cleats are a great choice. They adapt to your foot for total support and are the cleat that soccer megastar Lionel Messi trusts.


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The adidas Predator 18.1 and 18.2 have revolutionary Controlskin uppers that enhance contact with the ball no matter what the weather conditions are. It is ideal for players who are looking to gain total control on the pitch.


Players Looking For Touch and Comfort

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When you’re looking for comfort, touch, and style, you can’t top leather soccer cleats – and both Nike and adidas have you covered. Nike’s Tiempo Legend 7 is crafted from premium kangaroo leather and has interior quilting for an unbelievable level of cushioning and touch. The adidas Copa 18.1 has kangaroo leather in the forefoot for that classic feel and a Sprintframe cleat plate to keep the cleat lightweight, comfortable, and stable.


But to dominate on the soccer field, you’ll need more than just the best cleats – you’ll need the latest apparel and equipment too. Here’s a quick rundown of the added pieces you can grab to complete your game.


Top Apparel


Best Soccer Gear Tops

The Storelli Bodyshield Sleeveless Undershirt is a game-changer, thanks to its innovative chest pad that helps you trap hard shots. Two other great picks are the adidas Tango Logo Jersey Short-Sleeve Tee (coming in August) and Nike Academy Short-Sleeve Top. They provide modern style and offer total range of motion. The Nike Academy Women’s Tank is ideal for the female soccer player, thanks to its shaped side hem and Dri-FIT moisture-wicking fabric.



Best Soccer Gear Shorts

Safety without slowing you down. The Storelli Bodyshield Sliders have that added padding you need during slides and tackles. The adidas Tango Shorts with Tights (coming in August) and the Nike Academy Knit Shorts are the ideal mix of breathability, comfort, and fit.


Top Equipment


Best Soccer Gear Shin Guards

Some soccer shin guards can be bulky and get in the way when you’re trying to make plays during games. Luckily, that’s not the case with the Nike Mercurial Lite guards. Their low-profile design doesn’t sacrifice an ounce of protection, yet allows for you to play completely unrestricted.



Best Soccer Gear Soccer Balls

Serious soccer players know that choosing the right soccer ball matters. There are a lot of options out there, and choosing the right one can take your game to the next level. The Nike Merlin Soccer Ball and adidas NFHS MLS Soccer Ball are two excellent choices. With eye-catching looks, both have seamless designs that help stabilize the flight of the ball.



Best Soccer Gear Gloves

We haven’t forgotten about the goalies! When it comes to gloves, the Storelli Exoshield Gladiator Legend 2.0, Nike Mercurial Touch Elite, and adidas Predator all have the thumb and finger protection you need while also giving you superior grip to make clutch saves.


What gear will you suit up in during the 2018 fall season? Let us know in the comments and if you want to take a look at our complete collection of soccer gear, click here.

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