Your Essential Women’s Soccer Gear Guide

Your Essential Women’s Soccer Gear Guide

Whether it involves racing towards the goal, starting the fast break, or shutting down the opposition’s attack, every soccer position plays a unique and vital role in a team’s success. So when it comes to gearing up, make sure what you suit up in is built to match your particular set of skills and your position’s requirements. With that in mind, let’s get to it—check out your position and find the perfect women’s soccer gear for you with our Women’s Soccer Gear Guide.

Forward

Women's Soccer Gear Guide

  • To become the most dangerous scoring threat during every match, forwards need elite touch and total lockdown. The Nike Mercurial Veloce III has a lightweight Teijin microfiber upper and an internal cage to keep your foot in place comfortably and help you blast the ball into the back of the net.
  • If you’re looking to blow by your defenders on your way to the goal, the adidas X 17.1 is the right choice. Its Techfit upper gives you the stability and support you need while the Sprintframe outsole provides unmatched levels of speed and explosiveness.
  • As you go on the attack, you can do so with confidence and comfort with the Nike Mercurial Flylight Guard. Its flexible shell provides reliable protection during impact and Dri-FIT technology keeps you comfortable and dry.

Midfielder

  • Midfielders rack up the most miles so it’s essential that their cleats give them all-day comfort and the perfect fit. The Nike Hypervenom Phatal III features a contoured sockliner and Flywire cables so that every step you take is perfectly cushioned.
  • You’ve also got to set the tempo and make that perfect pass that leads the break. With UA ClutchFit tech and a Trivela microfiber upper, the Under Armour ClutchFit Force has the touch, traction, and responsiveness you need to change the momentum of the match.
  • Your shin guards need to protect you without giving you any distractions. The Nike Mercurial Lite have a low-profile construction and contain EVA foam for superb impact protection that won’t slow you down.

Defense

  • Fast, supportive, and comfortable—the adidas ACE 17.1 is a defender’s dream. Its Primeknit upper wraps around your foot for adaptive stability while the Sprintframe outsole is extremely light and responsive.
  • When defending, you’ll also need to cut at a moment’s notice and take control of the ball the minute it reaches your foot. The Medial Pivot Zone and Vari-zone Ariaprene upper on the New Balance Furon Pro V2 help you change directions on a dime and allow for incredible ball manipulation.
  • Making sliding tackles can be dangerous. But if you gear up in the adidas Ghost Pro Guard, you’ll get the advanced protection and durable cushioning you need to go all out every moment.

Goalie

  • It can be difficult picking gear as a goalie, but the Nike Tiempo Legend VI is an excellent option. Constructed from kangaroo leather with All Conditions Control tech, you’ll get unrivaled control in any weather. And its flexible TPU plate moves with you to ensure that you can react immediately and never slip.
  • Goalies will also love lacing up in the adidas COPA 17.1 cleats. Foam areas in the sock liner and heel lining give it a sock-like fit while the Premium K-leather upper gives you a luxurious fit and optimal ball touch. It’s truly a cleat fit for a keeper.
  • There are plenty of goalie gloves out there, but the customizable fit and premium padding of the Nike Vapor Grip move it to the top of this list. Grip3 tech also gives you enhanced grip, and a ventilated design keeps your hands cool.

Did you find the gear you crave? Don’t worry, if you want to keep looking, Eastbay has a huge collection of the latest soccer gear from all the brands you love. Check it out here, choose the perfect fit, and get out there and dominate.

The Secret Behind The Rise Of Danielle Colaprico

The Secret Behind The Rise Of Danielle Colaprico

Danielle Colaprico

This summer, she has One Goal, and these are the steps she’s taking to achieve it.

It would be easy for Danielle Colaprico to sleep in or ease up during her training. After all, at only 22 years old and already playing a key role on the United States U-23 team, she’s well ahead of her peers. But taking off days isn’t a part of Colaprico’s vocabulary. She is relentlessly motivated to get better on the pitch and make those around her proud.

Step 1: Sacrifice & Support

From leaving the University of Virginia soccer program as its all-time leader in assists to being named the 2015 NWSL Rookie of the Year, success has followed the midfielder wherever she’s gone. But it didn’t happen overnight. “If you want to pursue soccer as a career, you need to make sacrifices,” she said. “Whether that’s hanging out with your friends or doing different functions, you need to miss some of that stuff to be the player that you want to be.” But those sacrifices are impossible to make without the right support system.

Colaprico credits her parents for helping her stay on the right track. “They push me every day and are always there for me when something is going wrong,” she said. “Without them, I probably would have given up a long time ago. I really thank them for how supportive they’ve been.”

Step 2: The Right Gear

Another factor crucial to her success is her relationship with adidas. She wears Ace during matches and Pure Boost shoes during workouts.

“I have so much control on the ball [with the Ace], that it’s almost like it’s stuck to my foot sometimes,” Colaprico said. “It’s awesome. And the Pure Boost shoes almost feel like slippers they’re so comfortable. I feel like I could wear them all day, and that’s important when working out and running.”

Danielle Colaprico

Step 3: Look Forward

With the support of her family and fans, and the right gear pushing her forward, she is ready to take on her biggest challenge yet: making and playing a big role for the Women’s National Team that represents the United States this summer.

“That would be awesome,” Colaprico said. “I look back a year ago and never thought I would be where I am today. I’m going to continue to work hard and I am just beginning, but it would be such an honor and I would be so happy to make that team.”

Playing on the USWNT also means reuniting with a close friend: fellow midfielder Morgan Brian. “We played together at Virginia and have great chemistry on and off the field,” Colaprico said. “She’s definitely one of my best friends and someone who I can be myself around, so I look forward to playing with her the most.”

With August on her mind, Colaprico is prepared to Stop At Nothing to achieve her goals, and those are the steps she’s taking to make it happen. To follow Colaprico — and our other cover athletes — as they chase down their #OneGoal visit eastbay.com/stopatnothing.