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:


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.


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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

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.


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.

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.

Eastbay Photo of the Week: Kelme Master Infinito

Eastbay Photo of the Week: Kelme Master Infinito

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In the coming weeks, one of the Spain’s most recognizable brands will become available at Eastbay, Kelme. Kelme is most known today for their soccer cleats, or “football boots,” if you prefer. The company began in the late ’70s and has grown for over 35 years into a respected sporting goods and footwear manufacturer. Today, the company’s line up includes everything from sports apparel to casual footwear.

Eastbay will be making a handful of the company’s soccer cleats available in the coming weeks, including the Kelme Master Infinito. Kelme cleats come with a number of different technology options. The K-Flex system provides optimum flex in the forefoot area. A number of stud configurations, like the aggressive TRX-4 and TRX-5 patterns, will be available to choose from depending on your needs. What will be consistent across all models is the easily recognizable Kelme claw logo that is the highlight of this week’s Eastbay Photo of the Week.

Look for the Kelme lineup to be available amongst the choices of soccer cleats available at Eastbay soon.

Kelme Master Infinito - Eastbay Photo of the Week

Eastbay Photo of the Week: Kelme Master Infinito

PUMA V1.10 II FG Fluorescent Orange

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The PUMA V1.10 has been seen in a wide variety of versions in our Soccer Watch coverage but none have come in a jaw-dropping colorway like this upcoming release for next spring. This future version of the PUMA V1.10 II features premium leather in a bright fluorescent orange finish with Blue Aster accents.

PUMA has gone the extra mile with attention to detail on the V1.10 II. Double stitched detailing around the toebox and triple stitched detailing attaches the upper to the molded studs for a durable and usable cleat. The PUMA cat logo finds its way onto the lace cover, the medial side and also amidst the sculpted cleat configuration. This colorway of the PUMA V1.10 II will surely be a must have for soccer fans, and especially those fans of PUMA soccer cleats.

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Eastbay Photo of the Week: Kelme Master Infinito

Soccer Watch: La Liga, Premier League, & MLS

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This weekend was busy for the sport of soccer, with matches taking place in what seemed to be every league around the globe. Highlights from this weekend include Chivas USA with a 1-0 victory over DC United in MLS action, Real Madrid and Mallorca battling to a scoreless draw in the Spanish La Liga match, as well as AC Milan with a big 4-0 win against Lecce in Series A action.

One of the most highly anticipated of the weekend’s action was the teaming of two of the biggest stars in the world of soccer, David Villa of the World Cup winning Spanish National team making his La Liga debut joining forces with Lionel Messi on the Barcelona team. Each of the superstars put a goal in as Barcelona defeated Racing de Santandor 3-0.

Check out some of the images from around the world below.

Ronaldinho of AC Milan wearing the Nike TiempoRonaldinho of AC Milan wearing the Nike Tiempo.

Pato of AC Milan wearing the latest colorway from the Nike Mercurial line.Pato of AC Milan wearing the latest colorway from the Nike Mercurial line.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid wearing the Nike Superfly.the Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid wearing the Nike Superfly.

Mesut Ozil wearing the latest colorway from the Nike Mercurial line.Mesut Ozil wearing the latest colorway from the Nike Mercurial line.

Jose Carlos Nunes wearing the PUMA V1.10.Jose Carlos Nunes wearing the PUMA V1.10.

Lionel Messi controls the ball wearing the adidas F50 adiZero for Barcelona.Lionel Messi controls the ball wearing theadidas F50 adiZero for Barcelona.

David Villa of Barcelona in the adidas F50 adiZero.David Villa of Barcelona in the adidas F50 adiZero.

Justin Braun of Chivas USA wearing the Nike Total 90 Laser.Justin Braun of Chivas USA wearing the Nike Total 90 Laser.

Marcelo Saragosa of Chivas and Jaime Moreno of DC United wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.Marcelo Saragosa of Chivas and Jaime Moreno of DC United wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.

Jaime Moreno of DC United wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.Jaime Moreno of DC United wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.

Carlos Tevez of Manchester City wearing the Nike Tiempo.Carlos Tevez of Manchester City wearing the Nike Tiempo.