Soccer is most popular sport in the world, and, even though it is not very popular in the United States (despite all the hype with David Beckham coming to play for the L.A. Galaxy in the US), buying soccer gear for players, and fans, is not cheap. I have been playing soccer for fun since I was a little child and I really enjoy the wonderful sport. However, the cost can be a bit high sometimes, but I have found that there are ways to purchase soccer gear for a much better price than usual. Interested in saving money on soccer apparel, gear, and fan stuff as the soccer season approaches? Keep on reading!
For the parent bringing their child back to another season of soccer, the bewildering array of soccer gear and other similar items may throw them off, as may the sometimes high prices. Each youngster generally will need shin guards, soccer shoes, a soccer ball, and a water bottle at minimum. Some parents will then pay more for soccer bags, athletic warm-up apparel, and the like. For a soccer ball, don’t go to the sporting goods stores or the small athletic stores. Instead, check out some of the bargain retail outlets, like Wal-Mart, where I have picked up a soccer ball for only $3-a far cry from the $20-$50 soccer balls available at some stores. Granted, this $3 ball (full size!) is not as good as some of the name brand balls, but it is meant to be a practice ball, for practice, and not an official game ball. Soccer shoes are even now sold at bargain shoe outlets like Payless Shoes and Ross, although I would probably spend a little more for a comfortable pair of soccer cleats than I would try to skimp on a soccer ball. After all, you (or your child) is going to be wearing these shoes in some pretty rough conditions, so it is best to get a good shoe. Find the right balance between an affordable shoe and a pricey one. Shin guards are extremely important, so make sure to get a good pair of them as well. Of course, the long soccer socks are more for looks than protection, so a basic pair of these can be picked up at somewhere like Target or Wal-Mart as well. Don’t buy stuff like water bottles and warm-up gear at the expensive athletic stores either-it is not worth to pay extra money just to have some brand name logo on your water bottle, just get a simple, cheap water ball instead. The important part of soccer is the game itself, not buying brand name Nike underwear so you can feel like a ‘real’ soccer player!
If you are a soccer fan, and want to collect items to celebrate your favorite team, be it Chelsea or Manchester United, or the ever popular Brazil, you will discover that the merchandise sold by outlets like Socccer.com are not cheap. However, keep your eyes open-they often have sales for good items that really will help you rep your team, often at a much better price. eBay and similar places will often have good deals as well, and it is pretty good to check these places out too. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, if you ever travel overseas, you can generally find soccer stuff for a much better price than in the USA. Be forewarned, some of this may be counterfeit, but even real gear is often cheaper overseas than in the USA. Keep your eyes open for deals while traveling outside the USA!
Soccer is a great sport, and it may be expensive at times. However, watch for those little discounts and deals in the USA, shop at the right stores, and be ready when you travel overseas for some great bargains on soccer gear and apparel. Game on!