Which soccer gift is best?
Shopping for a soccer fan or player? There are hundreds of gift options, ranging from soccer balls to biographies of world’s greatest players. And because there’s no shortage of soccer gifts worth considering, it can be challenging to narrow down the best one.
Choosing the right gift for soccer fans involves a little research, including finding out their favorite clubs or players. There’s plenty of team-branded merchandise available, as well as equipment, novelty items and clothing.
Players of any age will appreciate the Thermos 64-Ounce Foam Insulated Hydration Bottle, which will keep cold beverages drinkable even during long practice sessions.
What to know before you buy a soccer gift
Find out their favorite club
It’s infinitely easier to buy gifts for soccer fans when you know their favorite club. It’s also a good way to steer clear of gifting items from rival teams. Manchester United supporters, for example, won’t take too kindly to receiving Liverpool merchandise. Besides having a favorite club, many soccer lovers have favorite players and like receiving jerseys or T-shirts.
Other fans follow club managers and coaches, many of whom now have books ranging from autobiographies to leadership memoirs. One of the bestselling player autobiographies is by Pelé, chronicling his extraordinary life through a witty, engaging story.
Think of how they watch games
Sometimes, the best soccer gifts are those that enhance the game-watching experience. Nothing beats watching a game on a brand-new smart TV, especially one with a higher frame rate so viewers can see more detail in each shot— right down to sweat beading off a player’s forehead. Smart TVs also offer hands-free navigation for easy switching between games, many of which are played simultaneously.
Because only select soccer games are broadcast, soccer fans may appreciate the gift of a sports package or streaming service, especially if they’d like to watch specific tournaments and championships from around the world.
Consider recipients’ ages
While soccer is an all-ages sport, keep in mind that soccer gifts for kids are generally different from those for adults.
Many younger soccer fans play the game at school or on a recreational team, in which cleats, clothing and training equipment make great gifts.
Teenage soccer players may be honing their skills for college or team tryouts, and they may benefit from receiving premium training gear like tracksuits and compression shorts.
Adult soccer fans, including those who no longer play soccer, often appreciate gifts that relate to the game, such as memorabilia, novelty items or team-branded apparel.
Best soccer gifts
Besides being comfortable for both gameplay and lounging, these Adidas soccer shorts are made with breathable wick-away material to keep wearers cool and dry. They have notched sides that prevent them from riding up.
Kids’ soccer cleats
These new cleats feature an improved fit with a snug knit collar and unique lacing design. While they’re lightweight, they’re rugged, durable and withstand plenty of wear and tear in training and matches.
Sold by Dick’s Sporting Goods
An ideal training bag, this duffel has a zippered compartment that separates wet and dry clothing. The bag has a water-resistant bottom that repels moisture and grass stains, so you can leave it on grassy sidelines while you play.
Alex and Ani bracelet
This Alex and Ani bangle in Rafaelian shiny gold features a black-and-white soccer-ball charm. For every bangle purchased, the jewelry company will make a donation supporting U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
Sold by Amazon
Backyard soccer goal
Popular for toddlers just getting into the sport, this mini soccer goal is perfect for teaching them how to take shots on goal — or defend it. The portable practice set includes a folding goal as well as a soccer ball and pump.
Sold by Amazon
Ted Lasso-themed mug
This “Ted Lasso”-themed mug embraces one of Ted’s most-loved sayings from the hit Apple+ TV show. The 11-ounce mug has a chip-resistant design and is microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
Sold by Etsy
Megan Rapinoe autobiography
Megan Rapinoe, captain of the U.S. women’s soccer team, shares her life story in this autobiography. She discusses some of the most pivotal moments in her personal and professional lives, including those from the history-making 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Sold by Amazon
Instead of tossing dirty cleats into a training bag with clean clothes, store them in this sporty shoe bag. The bag has a compact, flexible design and holds most cleats and footwear up to men’s size 12.
Jumbo water bottle
It’s essential to stay hydrated on the pitch, which is why many soccer players recommend this insulated Thermos. It has a chug-friendly spout and keeps beverages cold for several hours. The Thermos is made of materials free of BPA, a chemical that may cause health problems.
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Alex Ferguson book
Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the most beloved and respected soccer managers not just in the English Premier League, but worldwide. In this book, Ferguson shares valuable lessons — derived from a 38-year career — on leadership, personal growth and decision-making.
Sold by Amazon
Made by a trusted sports-equipment brand, this ball pump kit is an essential accessory that belongs in every player’s and coach’s bag. The pump set includes three needle sizes and a carry case.
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