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Shin Guards For Soccer: A Buyer’s Guide to Get The Right PairEverything you need to know about getting the right shin guards

If you have ever played soccer then you will know that it can be a bit boisterous and injuries occur, mainly leg injuries

The more you protect your legs the safer the game will be and you will enjoy yourself more knowing you have that extra protection

You might even try some soccer skills that you wouldn’t normally do with that extra confidence that you have whilst wearing Shin Guards For Soccer

I don’t need to tell you that shin pads or shin guards are an essential piece of protective equipment to wear while you are playing soccer

But how do you know which ones are the best?

Only you can decide which ones are the right ones for you but I can help you decide if you would like me to?

There are different types of Shin guards, Such as…

History of Shin Guards

The use of shin guards have been know to date back as far as 1874 first worn by a man called Sam Weller Widdowson who played cricket for Nottinghamshire and football/soccer for Nottingham Forrest which are both in England and decided to put a pair of cricket leg pads on to play football

And the Shin Guard was born!

How to Choose Soccer Shin Guards

If you are taking part in any kind of soccer/football, wA soccer player going to kick a ball as another player tries to tackle him hether it be training or a game then it is very important to use the correct safety kit

And one essential piece of equipment you will need in order to be a bit safer on the field are shin guards

I can’t stress enough how much these will help save your football/soccer career and even if you fancy walking again after a bad tackle to the legs

If you are a soccer player, or a parent of a player then in this post I want to show you the different types of shin guards for kids and adults you can get

And I’m certain that you will find very useful and interesting

Now, as you probably already know that there are many different styles and types to buy

So you really need to do a bit of research to determine which ones will work best for you or the person you are buying them forA soccer player pulling their sock over their shin guard

  1. Do you want them with ankle sleeves for padding of the ankles, or not?
  2. Do you want ones just to slip into your socks?
  3. Or would you prefer to have shin pads with strapping for around the legs?
  4. What material do you want?

There are many different aspects that you need to consider before choosing the right pair

Whilst trying out any shin pads you should always try them with your other football/soccer kit like your boots and socks that you will be wearing

So you can make sure for certain that they are the right pads

How to Size Shin Guards

When deciding to purchase a pair of shin guards, the most important thing that you need to get right it the correct fitTwo young children wearing shin guards running after a ball

If you have a small child that needs them and you give them an adult size shin pad then they are going to be running around the field looking like they have cricket leg pads on

This goes without saying, if an adult needs them you need to buy an adults size, if a child needs them then…

You guessed it, buy a child’s size

Obviously if you have a child that is bigger than the average child, and vice versa, an adult that needs to eat a bit more protein then use your common sense and try them out

Fitting Shin Guards For Soccer

Now getting the right size shin pads, doesn’t always mean they fit brilliantly because you might be short with big calves and if you have shin pads with straps they might not fit around your lower legsSoccer players legs wearing green soccer cleats and shin guards

So you will have to see if you can get shin pads with longer straps or just get ones that you slip into your socks

If the pads are too tight you might not be able to move as well as you should and they can also restrict the circulation through your legs, which isn’t great

On the other hand you don’t want them too loose as they won’t be in the correct position leaving your shins vulnerable

As a rule, for the perfect fitting shin pad, they should be comfortably fitted around the lower leg and you should be able to fit a fingertip down into the top of them without squeezing it down there

They also shouldn’t hit the knee either as this could cause serious problems!

Get The Right Shin ProtectionSoccer player fitting a padded shin pad to their leg

All shin pads will have some sort of padding or cushioning on the insides of them otherwise it’s just hard plastic hitting your shins

Which as you can imagine is pretty uncomfortable

You can also get them with ankle protection which personally I prefer myself as they feel much more protective

And they also give you a bit more confidence to keep that ball at your feet even when the opposition slides in with both feet to try and take it off you

How to Wash Shin Guards

Soak them in warm water with regular soap for around 25 minutes, then once you have removed them scrub the plastic area with a dishwasher brush and use a damp cloth to rub over all the material parts of them for the best results

If you want to dry shin guards, Do Not put them in the tumble dryer as they will get damaged. It’s best to hang them on the washing line to air dry in the sun and wind for the best care and results for them

Can You Break a Bone Wearing Shin Guards?Shin Guards Don't Completely Protect You, They Just Reduce The Risk of Injury

Just because you are wearing shin pads it doesn’t mean you are invincible and that they will protect your legs like a tortoise in its shell

Oh no my friend!

They will only reduce the risk of injuries so you shouldn’t think that once they are on that you will be able to take any hit to your lower legs and be able to walk away

Use your skills to avoid the tackle and humiliate the opposition as you fly past them unscathed and ready to score

Why Are Shin Guards Important?

The use of shin guards are compulsory by law 4, which is all about the players equipment, by the football governing association for the safety and protection of all playersShin Guards For Soccer

You might think its your prerogative to wear them but that’s just the same as saying its up to you if you wear a seatbelt in a car or not!

Well tough luck! Its the law…If you don’t wear them, you don’t play and its as simple as that

Why wouldn’t you want to anyway?

Your shins are not properly protected with muscle and tissue and are very vulnerable

If left exposed going in for a tackle, Soccer Cleats and studs can really do some damage!

Take a look at this short video and I think you might change you mind about wearing them


What do You Think About Wearing Them Now?

That’s what I thought you would say!

According to the FIFA Law, The shin guard has 3 more stipulations

  • They must be entirely covered by the football sock
  • Be made of suitable materials
  • Provide a reasonable degree of protection

All these rules must be abided by for the protection of the player

Now which ones do you need?

Below are 5 different types of shin guards so now it’s down to you to decide which ones are the ones for you

The ones shown below are just an example but there are so many choices to choose from

Types of Shin Guards

1. The Slip-Ins

Black Nike Junior Unisex Slip-in Shin Guards
Nike Slip-Ins

Shin Guard Straps SoccerThese just slip into your football socks and are very durable and light but can sometimes move about to much

My Rating 7/10

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2. The Sleeve

Black G-Form Pro-S Elite Sleeve Shin Guards
G-Form Pro-S Elite

Shin Guards Soccer On SaleThis is just like a sock but without the feet, it slips over your lower leg and the hardend protection is on the outside of the sleeve

My Rating 9/10

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3. Shin Guards With Ankle Protection

Black STORELLI full protection soccer shin guardsTop Shin Guards For SoccerWhat I personally think are “The Daddy” of shin guards

A full protection on the front of the lower leg with Velcro straps on top to keep them secure

They also have ankle protection fitted to them for that added cover

They might be a bit more restrictive but you know they will protect your lower legs to a certain extent

My Rating 10/10

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4. The Slip-Ins & Sleeves

Black Sportout Soccer Slip-In Shin Guards And SleevesWhat Size Shin Guards For SoccerThese slip-ins are exactly the same as the first ones that I have shown you but they come with the sleeves to hold them in place

And that keeps them more secure on your legs

My Rating 8/10

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5. The Strapped Shin Guard

Black and white dual strap soccer shin guardsBest Shin Guards For Women's SoccerThese shin pads slip under your socks but come with the added straps for that extra secure fit

I much prefer the pads without the straps to be honest as they dont feel as restrictive as these do

My Rating 8/10

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One Last Thing

You wouldn’t go into combat without protecting your body would you?

So protect your body at all costs because it only takes one bad tackle and your soccer career could be over just like that!

It’s easier to ask for assistance if you are in a store buying shin guards

They will be able to advise you on the best ones to choose depending on your preferences

This is why I have written this post so it can act as your virtual store assistant to help and guide you to buy the perfect pair

Or if you still need anymore help with which ones to get

Then all you need to do is ask below in the comment section and I will help you as much as I can

Or if you have any advice about shin guards yourself that you would like to share, then please feel free to do so to help others here

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8 comments on “Shin Guards For Soccer


Dude that video is crazy! I was in awe watching people ankles get ripped apart haha. I always go for the full protector when playing football its better safe than sorry, especially when you have studs on!


It’s unbelievable how bad the tackles get in football that’s why you should always wear shin guards.


A lot of good points in the article, but as someone who has played football all his life and has been kicked in the most imaginative ways on my shins, I would not trade them in for anything 🙂 I guess it’s just my preference. Let’s hope they serve me well for years to come.

Love the site, by the way!


Can you imagine how bad your shins would be if you didn’t have any shin pads on? It doesnt bare thinking about. I’m glad you wear yours and the very best of luck in your football career


When I was younger I always had the slip ins at the time they were the cheapest and that is all I could afford at the time, I don’t think they are the best tho as some times they use to slip and I would have to faf around with them. If I was still playing now I would go for the full protection no messing. Thanks for the article.


The slip ins can give brilliant protection for your shins but like you said, they can be to much hassle sometimes so i personally think its better to get one’s that have straps or sleeves

jean wedlock

Hi Hope you can advise my grandson aged 12 plays rugby but had an injury to the back as well as the front of the leg and therefore could not play for a time , would you advise what would be the best protection for him

Thanking you
jean wedlock


Hi Jean, If you are from the UK, then, unfortunately, your grandson won’t be allowed to wear shin pads to play Rugby because they might injure himself or other players. I am a children’s rugby coach myself so I have seen many injuries of this nature, I would suggest though for him to wear some compression socks which will help him recover from any further injuries to his lower legs. I hope your grandson can still keep playing and I wish him all the best. Let me know if you need any more help 🙂


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