The Soccer Uniform Can Help Bond The Team

By: Samantha Kay

Beyond the borders of the United States soccer is the most popular team sport, and by a wide margin. However, that is not to say that soccer is not immensely popular in the United States as well. Each year millions of Americans play organized soccer on teams across the country, and each of those teams identifies itself while symbolizing their team unity by wearing a soccer uniform. If you are interesting in joining a soccer team, or if you are an adult who is organizing a team, then selecting a soccer uniform is a great place to start. However, you should know that there is more to a soccer uniform than simply picking out a jersey.

There are several components in selecting a soccer uniform. Selecting a jersey, and jersey color, is one of them. Naturally, choosing a color is a subjective exercise, and personal tastes certainly come into play. Other factors might be the team name, or colors that represent the town or school with which your team is affiliated. Soccer jerseys not only come in varied colors, but in different materials and fabrics as well.

All of those factors come into play when deciding what will look best for your team. And remember, it is often customary for teams to wear different primary colors during road games than during home games. If your home colors are red with white trim, then you will probably need road jerseys that are white with red trim, as an example.

Selecting soccer shorts is an equally important part of uniform selection. Aside from picking colors that complement your team's jersey, be sure to find a style of shorts that is not too baggy. Baggy shorts - despite being in style - tend to get easily bunched up and can encumber the movement of the players.

Remember that your goalie will wear a different soccer uniform than the rest of your team. Because the goalie is the one player allowed to place his hands on the ball, the goalie is usually required to dress in a different color scheme so that the referees can easily distinguish him from the rest of the team. Also, goalie uniforms have both padded shorts and shirts that will help absorb some of the shots that are sure to come his way. Further, goalie shirts are typically long sleeved, unlike the rest of the team who will be wearing short sleeves.

Lastly, remember that you will need to select soccer socks that will complement your team colors. Soccer socks are unlike traditional socks in that they are designed to come up to the knee as well as be flexible enough to house the plastic shin guards that are worn underneath.

If you are unsure where to turn at this point, the Internet is your ally. There are hundreds of suppliers online and you can pick and choose the soccer uniform that most appeals to you. Also, you can seek counsel from other coaches and organizers in your soccer league and they can share with you the suppliers with whom they have had success in the past. With a little research and intuition, you can find a soccer uniform that will make your kids excited to be a part of the team.

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