What gear do you buy for football? What does it cost? Rob, a keen amateur footballer, unzips his kitbag for all to see.
My main game is 11 a-side football and for me the preparation starts the evening before the game. I like to ensure that I have my kit ready a day in advance as I have so much of it.
For the game itself, I lay my trust in three pairs of football boots. I always preach that the correct footwear is the most important thing for a player to take into consideration:
Firm Ground, Hard Ground or Soft Ground.
I mean, I ask you, how could you perfom wearing a pair of mouldies on a boggy and wet pitch? Would you wear a stud on a rock hard summer surface? I certainly wouldn’t so that’s why I have three pairs of football boots in my kitbag available for every game I play.
When I first arrive at the ground, me and a few of my team mates walk the pitch to get a feel for what footwear is required, “Lads what we saying? Is it a stud or a mould?”
You may now be thinking I’m a bit excessive for an amateur. Possibly so, but I love the game and always go to these lengths to give myself the best advantage possible.
Onto the protection. I wear the Ronaldinho signature shin pads, not because Ronaldinho wears them but because they are right for me.
They are literally just a pad, without ankle protection. They come with a sock and you insert the pad inside.
I choose these shinpads because I feel ankle pads are detrimental to my first touch, so I tried these out and loved them.
Also in my kitbag I have shin pad supports, these are to help keep the shinpads in the desired place, plus they do look quite good!
I fully strap both of my ankles due to them being weak. I like to make sure that my ankle straps are rolled up neatly so they are easier to put on the next day. So one pocket of my kitbag is always full of tape and my support straps.
I wear an Under Armour baselayer, but only in the winter months. I get too hot in the summer months and being a lazy centre back it can get quite cold in those chilly winter times.
An important consideration when packing my kitbag is after the game, I mean there’s nothing worse than heading to the pub after a mid November game where your covered head to toe in mud. Therefore I carry a collection of shower gel, deodorant, a towel and for health and safety in the shower, a pair of flips flops.
Last but not least on the way to the game I call at my local store and always, without fail, buy a can of Red Bull and a Boost bar with glucose.
So now you know what is in my kitbag, let me total up how much I spend playing football.
Football boots: £313
Energy: £100 ouch!
Game fee’s: Signing on and weekly for 2 x 11 a-side and 2 x 6 a-side teams a whopping £580 (that includes my customary 5 or so bookings a season of course).
This is my kitbag and what is involved in the build up to my games. I don’t play at the highest standard and yes it does cost me an arm and a leg, but when I’m out there and cross that white line I feel like it’s all worth it.
Have you ever totalled up your expenditure on playing football? How does your build up to the game compare? I’d love to hear your feedback.
Image attribution: Nicholas MacGowan