The process of selecting the most appropriate men’s and women’s shin pads for soccer can sometimes be overlooked and seen as unimportant, however choosing wisely is often key to avoiding serious injury and depending on the player’s individual preferences can prevent discomfort during a game.
Shin pads/guards are so integral to the modern game that FIFA (the international governing body of football) include specific rules about them in their official rule book. Here’s what they say –
The provisions of Law 4 of the Laws of the Game apply to the use of shinguards, i.e.
- are covered entirely by the stockings
- are made of rubber, plastic or a similar suitable material
- provide a reasonable degree of protection
- the Players of the same team may wear shinguards of different Manufacturers and different visual appearance at their own discretion.
There are several factors to consider when selecting men’s and women’s shin guards –
1. Size – choosing the right size will depend on the length of the player’s leg and personal preference. There generally isn’t a huge variation in size across different shin pads however it is worth checking the dimensions before buying to be sure.
2. Ankle Protection – A shin pad will either come as a lone pad or attached to an ankle protector. This obviously increases the protected area greatly but the player will have to decide if they are comfortable with the added bulk of the ankle protector.
3. Strap – Shin pads with an ankle protector will generally always have a strap that fastens behind the calf to keep the pad in place, while slip-in shin pads can come with or without a strap. The player may prefer zinc oxide tape to secure their shin pads as opposed to a strap.
4. Sleeve – An increasingly popular way to secure a slip-in shin pad is using a sleeve. These usually come with particular models of slip-in shin pad but can also be bought separately.
5. Cost – In comparison to other items of football equipment, such as boots, shin pads are a fairly low cost investment. Price will vary depending on the type of shin pad and material it is made from, with more expensive materials generally providing greater durability – for example carbon fibre.
Based on the above there are three different types of men’s and women’s shin guards – those that slip-in, those held in a sleeve and those with ankle protection.
Of course, we’re very proud of the custom shin pads we offer here at Pro Soccer Shin Pads, which are of the slip-in variety and come in both carbon fibre and durable plastic (not to mention the ability to personalise with any design you like), but we know that’s not for everybody so we’re also happy to review the latest in branded shin pads.
Below are some of the latest and best of each type –
Shin Pads With Sleeve
|Nike||Mercurial Lite||Shin Pad With Sleeve||Sleeve|
|Adidas||adidas Ghost Pro||Shin Pad With Sleeve||Sleeve|
|Puma||Puma One 17.3||Shin Pad With Sleeve||Sleeve|
Shin Pads With Ankle Protection
|Nike||Nike Charge 2.0||Shin Pad With Ankle Protection||Both|
|Nike||Protegga Flex||Shin Pad With Ankle Protection||Strap|
|Adidas||Ghost Club||Shin Pad With Ankle Protection||Strap|
|Mitre||Aircell Power||Shin Pad With Ankle Protection||Strap|