Best Gifts for Soccer Players

Best Gifts for Soccer Players

Kick off your holiday shopping with Eastbay this year. Browse our Best Gifts for Soccer Players guide below to find all the top gear that’s perfect for the pitch.

Nike Phantom Vision Elite Dynamic Fit

Built with fierce precision in mind, the Nike Phantom Vision Elite Dynamic Fit cleat features a foot-hugging quadfit mesh bootie concealed in a flyknit-constructed outer layer. This boot was created to provide the most consistent finish in the game.

Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 Elite MDS IC

Soccer season never stops. Elevate your indoor game with the Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 Elite built for court or inside surfaces. Based on the Nike Sports Research Lab’s analysis of play movements, the bottom rubber sole is designed to provide multidirectional traction on any surface. Worn by pros Sam Kerr, Kylian Mbappé, and Cristiano Ronaldo, the limited edition Mercurial Dream Speed model is made for players with speed in their DNA.

adidas Predator 19.3 IN

Another solid indoor choice is the adidas Predator 19.3. This soccer shoe provides a sock-like fit to securely lock you in, even during quick cuts. Grooves on the forefoot of the shoe grip the ball to add control to your passes and shots.

adidas Tango Training Jersey – Men’s

Three-stripe streetwear style meets adidas performance technology. The adidas Tango Training Jersey is designed with a pixelated camouflage print and is made from lightweight, sweat-wicking fabric to keep you looking – and playing – your best.

Nike Strike Soccer Ball

Chock-full of new technology, the Nike Strike Soccer Ball is the perfect gift for the serious soccer player. The 12-panel design provides true and accurate ball flight while the machine stitching enhances durability so you’ll be able to use this ball for years to come.

adidas X Pro Shin Guards

Premium protection that doesn’t slow you down – the adidas X Pro Shin Guards are lightweight and have a low-profile silhouette for a minimal feel and great flexibility.

Nike Mercurial Backpack

The Nike Mercurial Backpack transports all your gear in style. This backpack offers an elastic front pouch that holds a soccer ball, a ventilated side pocket that keeps your shoes separate, and a large compartment for whatever else you need on game day.

Shopping for other sports or styles? Check out our full list of gift guides here.

Best Soccer Kits: Support Your Squad In Style

Best Soccer Kits: Support Your Squad In Style

All over the globe, the world’s best soccer players are gearing up for another exciting season of professional fútbol. Of course, a new season brings new and improved kit designs for all the top clubs in the top leagues, and Eastbay is your one-stop shop for everything soccer and beyond. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite kits and the inspiration behind the new designs.

Barcelona

Barcelona

The new Barcelona home kits are a modern take on their classic colors. They feature a checkerboard print, replacing the iconic vertical line design. The print is inspired by the streetscape of the city’s Eixample district, which the residents call the creative hub and building blocks of Barcelona’s future. For the away kits, the famous club pulls inspiration from an older generation. Barcelona’s away jersey is a tribute to the 40-year anniversary of La Masia, a youth soccer academy that trains the country’s future stars. The all-maize kit is decorated with a bold blue and maroon diagonal sash, and the stripes on the back neckline are the colors of the Catalan flag.

Paris Saint-Germain

PSG

As the official kit supplier for Paris Saint-Germain over the last 30 years, Nike agreed to extend its partnership until 2032. To celebrate the long-term contract, Nike decided to honor tradition with a contemporary take on PSG’s classic look for its home kits. The all-navy jersey includes a bold stripe at the center formed by red and white bars and is broken up by the new Accor Live Limitless sponsor logo. On the other hand, PSG’s away kits are nothing like we’ve ever seen before. Last year, the team decided to rock the iconic Jumpman logo on its alternate kits for the first time in soccer history. This year, PSG is upping the ante by donning the Jordan Brand logo on its bright infrared shaded away kit. The bright red color is inspired by the infrared 23 color from the Jordan 6 and is symbolic of Paris’ influence on contemporary culture. These trendsetting jerseys are going fast, so make sure to pick up yours today from eastbay.com.

Chelsea

Chelsea

If you’re a Chelsea fan, then you know how important its iconic Stamford Bridge stadium is. So, it’s only fitting that the club’s home kits feature an architecture-inspired navy print, comprised of imagery from the stadium and southwest London. The new home jerseys also kept the classic royal base and feature a lion borrowed from the club’s crest on the inside. Chelsea’s all-white away kits are inspired by the Chelsea Smart dress and the Mod culture that thrived on the King’s Road. These clean jerseys also feature a white collar with blue and red striping to mix off-field fashion with peak performance.

Tottenham

Tottenham

While Chelsea honors the past and tradition, Tottenham looks forward to what’s ahead. Inspired by the optimism around the club’s recent success, Tottenham’s home and away kits are a modern take on their classic look. The home jersey is solid white with blue trim around the V-neck and sleeves. Inside the shirt is the club motto, “To Dare Is To Do,” a fitting ode to the team’s identity. The away kit also features the club motto but in Latin — a tribute to Tottenham’s previous crests that used to include the language. The bold navy away look features a purple graphic formed by type lines that read “Spurs.” As a nod to the club’s rise, the word “Spurs” only moves forward and upward within the graphic.

In addition to these top clubs, we also carry kits from Inter Milan, Roma, and Club America and offer logo T-shirts, training tops, and hoodies for all the same teams. To shop our selection of club soccer jerseys and apparel, visit eastbay.com.

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

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

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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

Nike Mercurial Superfly 7 Elite

Nike Mercurial Superfly 7

After bursting onto the scene in 2009, Nike’s Superfly line became a staple of speed at the professional level. Worn by some of the best players in the game, the newest Mercurial Superfly has improved traction with a slightly stiffer chassis and the Nike Aerow Trac zone in the forefoot. These boots also feature a 360-degree Flyknit Dynamic Fit collar that wraps your foot for a comfortable, second-skin fit.

adidas X 19.1

adidas X 19.1

Show off your speed with the perfect lightweight boot from the brand with the three stripes. The adidas X 19.1 cleats offer a thin SpeedMesh upper for a lightning-quick look and feel. These cleats also utilize a SpeedFrame outsole for traction and stability that doesn’t weigh your foot down.

Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 Elite

Nike Mercurial Vapor 12

Looking to burn past the back four with devastating explosiveness? Look no further than the Nike Mercurial Vapor 12 cleats. The elite version of these boots provides Flyknit technology that is lightweight and flexible for agile comfort. They also feature a two-part podular plate system that flexes with your foot for responsive speed with every step.

Players looking for striking and ball-handling

adidas Nemeziz 19.1

If your game revolves around displaying flashy footwork and finding the back of the net, you have to check out the adidas Nemeziz 19.1 cleats. The durable, textile upper and torsion system provide a comfortable, locked-down fit while the TPU-injected outsole keeps you stable when striking the ball. These boots will adapt to your foot for customizable style that stands out on the pitch.

adidas Predator 19.1

adidas Predator 19.1

Is precision the name of your game? Then you need to take a look at the adidas Predator 19.1 cleats. These boots offer a textured control skin coating for a confident touch when dancing around an opponent or hitting top corner on a strike. They also have a stretchy collar that wraps around your foot to provide a snug fit without sacrificing ankle movement.

Nike Phantom Venom Elite

Nike Phantom Venom Elite

Take control of your strikes with the Nike Phantom Venom Elite cleats. These innovative boots include blades on the instep to help create spin and direct the flight of the ball. They also feature flywire cables that offer better lockdown to keep your foot securely in place when making that game-winning kick.

Nike Phantom Vision Elite

Nike Phantom Vision Elite

Block out all distractions and make the precise play with Phantom Vision cleats. With an innovative Ghost Lacing system, these cleats feature a flat surface placed over the laces for clean strikes every time. They also utilize premier Quadfit mesh construction that fits to your foot like a sock, offering a comfortable, stable feel.

Players looking for touch and comfort

Nike Tiempo Legend 8 Elite

Nike Tiempo Legend 8 Elite

Nike’s legendary Tiempo cleats continue to be one of the most reliable choices on the market. The Tiempo Legend 8 Elite cleats feature soft, premium kangaroo leather that delivers unrivaled touch and control. They also utilize a flyknit tongue and quad-fit mesh lining for a supportive, comfortable feel all game long.

adidas Copa 19.1

adidas Copa 19.1

Lace up a pair of adidas Copa 19.1 cleats and instantly improve your first touch. These boots also feature super soft kangaroo leather that helps you orchestrate in comfort while a molded vamp brings you closer to the ball for confident control.

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

soccer apparel

Maximize your potential by training in Nike Strike Apparel. Made with lightweight, breathable Dri-FIT material, Strike apparel is engineered to keep you cool and comfortable throughout a day on the pitch. The Nike Strike Shorts are a top choice for the serious soccer player. Featuring zippered pockets for secure storage space and an elastic waistband with a flat drawcord for a snug fit, these shorts are a must-have. To shop the rest of our Strike collection, visit eastbay.com.

We also carry a variety of Nike Academy apparel, available in men’s, women’s, and kids’ sizes. Two of our hottest items from the Academy line are the Women’s Knit Tank and the Men’s Knit Hoodie. The tank features a racerback design that allows a natural range of motion while the hoodie is constructed of Dri-FIT fabric and a multipanel hood for warmth and comfort in less-than-ideal weather conditions.

Finally, if you’re team adidas, we recommend shopping our selection of Tango apparel. Designed to be the perfect combination of style and performance, adidas Tango apparel is built for the soccer obsessed. One of our favorite items is the Tango Logo Jersey T-shirt because it combines the iconic adidas look with comfortable, lightweight fabric so you can look good and play even better.

TOP EQUIPMENT

Get the protection you need with the Nike Flylite Shin Guards. These guards are lightweight and flexible, so they won’t get in the way when making plays. Geometric columns and webbing replace traditional foam, holding the guard up off your leg to keep you dry and comfortable. For added protection when heading a volley or just playing physical, we recommend checking out the Storelli Sports ExoShield Head Guard. Weighing only eight ounces, this head guard is built with combat-grade viscoelastic foam that conforms to your head for maximum security and fit.

We didn’t forget about goalies! When it comes to gloves, we suggest one of the two following options. The Nike Vapor Grip 3 Gloves feature Grip3 technology that helps you make tough saves from anywhere in the box. On the other hand, the Storelli Sports Exoshield Gladiator Legend 2.0 Gloves are chock-full of padding and support for game-long, stable protection.

Of course, there is no soccer game without a soccer ball. The Nike Magia Soccer Ball is the perfect choice for any surface in any conditions. The Nike Aerowtac grooves provide a perfect flight pattern while a textured casing gives this ball incredible touch and feel. Another solid choice is the adidas Context 19 ball. The thermally bonded, seamless surface gives the player complete control and reliable performance with every kick.

Julie Ertz: Attacking Adversity

Julie Ertz: Attacking Adversity

Julie Ertz can’t remember a time when she wasn’t completely enthralled by soccer. For the 27-year-old midfielder, it’s not just a game, it’s a way of life.

“Growing up, I just fell in love with the sport right away,” Ertz said. “I felt the most me when I was out there playing on the field.”

In 2017, she was named U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, and going into this summer, Ertz is expected to be a key component of the 2019 national team. She’s known for her ferocious tackling skills and uncanny ability to find the back of the net on set pieces.

But Ertz wasn’t always an international superstar. In fact, only a couple of years ago she was playing a completely different position.

Nearly a year after she burst onto the scene as a 23-year-old center back for the 2015 national team, Ertz was benched, forcing her to make a decision — she could either sulk about her demotion or put in the hard work to mentally and physically overcome the obstacles in her way.

“As an athlete, you see adversity all the time and those are the challenges that either make you or break you,” Ertz said. “For me, that was through injuries, not playing, and being benched. What I learned from that experience was that adversity can be your best friend if you allow it to test your character and who you really want to be.”

Ertz didn’t just battle back to regain her spot on the team, she completely reinvented her game and became one of the best defensive midfielders in the sport today. That willingness to change her position and the grind she went through to achieve greatness is a testament to her reputation as a teammate and fan favorite.

“I always wanted to be a versatile player because I loved the sport so much and thought each position could teach me something different,” Ertz said. “I want to be the best teammate I can be and so, for me, versatility means being reliable for my teammates. Whatever they ask of me, I want to do.”

Ertz also knows that being a successful female athlete comes with extra challenges and obstacles. She credits the generation of female soccer stars who came before her and recognizes that they helped lay the foundation for players like her to become national icons.

“As I got older, it was huge to watch the women who paved the way for me,” Ertz said. “Seeing those women push boundaries allowed me to dream and that’s the biggest thing I want to thank them for.”

Now that Ertz and her teammates are the face of a new era of women’s soccer, she’s embracing the opportunity to continue the legacy of being a role model for the next generation.

“I just want to let every young, aspiring athlete or person know that whatever your dream is, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t or shouldn’t go for it,” Ertz said. “Any boundary can be a new boundary, and it’s important to know that we’re behind you and that you’re not alone.”

Nike International Soccer: Rock the Right Kit This Summer

Nike International Soccer: Rock the Right Kit This Summer

It’s about that time again — the greatest tournament in soccer is just around the corner. The feeling is palpable, the intensity is unmatched; fans’ emotions hang on every pass, every shot, and every save. But before the madness starts and chaos ensues, you need the correct kit to display your pride.

This year, Nike designed all their kits with detailed input from professional players, followed by 3D scanning and motion capture in the Nike Sports Research Lab to properly define their women’s-specific fit. On many kits, they also added slogans on the inside of the neckline to give inspiration to the wearer.

Let’s take a closer look at each country’s newest Nike jersey and what makes the designs special to the athletes who sport them.

United States Home Kit

Inner Pride – “Climb Again”

The USA home kits have a deep, personal meaning to many of the players on this year’s national team. The Nike Swoosh and red-and-navy stripes on the arm cuff pay homage to the 1999 team, whose iconic tournament win inspired many current athletes to get into soccer in the first place. The jerseys feature three stars above the crest to signify the United States’ three tournament trophies while the 50 states print on the back represents the nation’s collective support for the team.

United States Away Kit

Inner Pride – “Hold Fast. Stay True.”

While the home kits pay tribute to the past, the away design is a nod to the future. The inspiration behind these kits is that being American is about standing out and boldly displaying your pride. The stars-and-stripes pattern spread across the all-red jersey is symbolic of the American flag. Although these kits focus on what’s next, Nike still wanted to pay tribute to the USA’s past accomplishments, so they placed three white stars representing the three championships on the royal stripe at the back of the neck.

Brazil Home Kit

Inner Pride – “Mulheres Guerreiras Do Brasil” meaning “Women Warriors of Brazil”

Pelé, Ronaldinho, Marta. When you think of these famous Brazilian footballers, you think of the iconic yellow they sported while creating some of the most memorable moments in international soccer history. Nike didn’t stray far from Brazil’s traditional look with these kits, embracing the colors the Brazilian national team has worn since 1954.

Brazil Away Kit

Inner Pride – “Mulheres Guerreiras Do Brasil” meaning “Women Warriors of Brazil”

Brazil’s royal away kits start with a bold geometric pattern at the neck that slowly fades towards the bottom of the jersey. The pattern is inspired by bright stars and the royal color represents the sky on a cool, clear night in Rio. Brazil also pays tribute to their men’s team tournament wins with five stars above the crest.

England Home Kit

Inner Pride – “The Lionesses”

Clean and Classic. That’s the best way to describe England’s home kits. The traditional white is sacred to England and Nike wanted these jerseys to display the country’s loyalty and heritage. If you look closely, you’ll find a very subtle, tonal floral print that represents the roses specific to the neighborhoods around London. These jerseys also display red-and-maroon striping on the sleeve cuffs to punctuate the crispness of the white base.

England Away Kit

Inner Pride – “The Lionesses”

Where England’s home kits embrace a minimalistic design, the away jerseys boast an aggressive maroon floral print, hand drawn to include poppy, primrose, and rose – the native flora of the country. Nike separated the pattern into four quadrants, a nod to St. George’s Cross. These kits use an off-white color for the logo that keeps the overall theme bold, but still evokes the history of a proud nation.

France Home Kit

Inner Pride – “Nos Différences Nous Unissent” meaning “Our Differences Unite Us”

For this year’s host country, Nike decided to honor tradition by staying true to France’s “Les Bleus” national team nickname. The solid navy base is accented with rose gold lettering, providing the proper pop for the iconic French Football Federation crest. The jerseys also include a subtle hint of red, white, and blue taping at the sleeve to represent the French flag. According to Nike, these kits personify the sophistication of the French and are a nod to the high-end, exclusive clothing produced by the country.

France Away Kit

Inner Pride – “Nos Différences Nous Unissent” meaning “Our Differences Unite Us”

To contrast the solid blue home jerseys, Nike’s white away kits feature a pattern of small hexagons, spread across the shirt like polka dots, that pay tribute the France’s unique border shape. The inner pride phrase, “Nos Différences Nous Unissent,” is printed with a small “o” to represent Chanel and France’s rich history of fashion.

Australia Home Kit

Inner Pride – “Never Say Die”

Described by some as the most exuberant kit in the bunch, Australia’s home jerseys use white, yellow, and green brush strokes to represent their creative, youthful team. Incorporating design elements from Melbourne’s famous Hosier Lane, Nike created a ’90s-style look that combines the colors of the Australian countryside with the graffiti art culture seen in the country’s urban areas.

Netherlands Home Kit

Inner Pride – Crown symbol to represent the country’s monarchy.

For the newly designed Dutch kits, Nike created a digital tulip, a geometric design that represents the country’s iconic flower. These kits also mark the first time the Netherlands will forgo the traditional lion crest for a lioness, representing the pride and ferocity of the women’s team.

Norway Home Kit

Inner Pride – Snowflake and Flower symbols

This year, Norway’s home kits combine the team’s trademark red and blue into a “winter sweater” print inspired by the country’s decorated ski jumpers. The design combines snowflakes and flowers to honor the beauty and variety of Norway’s weather.

China Away Kit

Inner Pride – Phoenix logo

To remind the Chinese team of the powerhouse spirt of the 1990s, these light grey kits feature an intricate phoenix pattern. The design was created to represent femininity and virtue, paying tribute to the “Steel Roses” nickname given to the team.

Paint The Pitch: Introducing the Nike Euphoria Pack

Paint The Pitch: Introducing the Nike Euphoria Pack

Calling all footy fans! Nike just released their new “Euphoria Pack” soccer cleats and they’re literally dripping with style. Each Nike cleat model is designed to look the way you play, using unique, paint-splatter colorways that really stand out on the pitch. Let’s take a look at the four new boots and break down the features that correspond with the designs.

Mercurial Superfly 6 Pro

Looking for the fastest cleat in the game? Look no further than the Mercurial Superfly. This boot even looks like the designers tried to paint it while the world’s fastest players were running full speed past them. The dripping orange design on the inside of the mesh upper mimics the quickness you’ll notice in this cleat, while the Dynamic-Fit collar gives this shoe a sock-like feel. The Mercurial Superfly is the standard for striking performance, worn by the top players in the game today.

Phantom Vision Pro

Now this might be the cleanest cleat in the pack. The Phantom Vision blue paint pattern uses a minimalistic combination of spray and spatter, because when you’re in this cleat, it’s all about blocking out the distractions and making the precise play. This boot features Nike’s innovative ghost lacing system, meaning the cushioned sockliner and laces are hidden beneath a mesh outer layer, providing a clean strike every time. The Phantom Vision, like the Mercurial Superfly, also features a mid-cut collar that reinforces your ankle and offers the ultimate comfort and support.

Phantom Venom Pro

The Phantom Venom is the epitome of a complete cleat. The flyknit upper material partially covers the laces for a precise and powerful strike. This boot never fails to place the ball in perfect position, giving you pinpoint accuracy when finding the back of the net. The blades on this shoe’s instep create maximum spin, offering complete control over the bend of your strikes. The Phantom Venom design is as simple and clean as the Phantom Vision, but if you prefer a low-cut cleat, then the Venom is the choice for you.

Tiempo Legend 7 Elite

Need some stability in your life? Highlighted by a stylish, misty-orange paint pattern, the heel on the Tiempo Legend cleat features stability pods inside the collar that cup your ankle for comfortable support. This boot also utilizes NikeGrip technology and flywire cables integrated in the laces to lock down your foot and help prevent sliding while the kangaroo leather upper is perfect for providing a soft touch when needed. For any position, in any conditions, the Tiempo Legend is as versatile as they come.

Click the title on each “Euphoria Pack” boot to check out pricing and sizing options and let us know which one you’ll be rocking in the comments.