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.

Football Boots

adidas football boot collection

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.

My three weapons of choice are the adidas Copa Mundial, adidas Predator PowerSwerve XTRX Hard Ground and Adidas World Cups.


ronaldinho-shinpadsOnto 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.


baselayerI 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.


red bullLast 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

Shinpads: £30

Strapping: £10

Baselayer: £40

Hygiene: £12

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).

Total: £1,085

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

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  1. says: Evrance

    Two pairs of boots, mouldies and studs, football pants, towel, shower gel, pads, banana and lucozade.

    The perfect combination….

  2. says: Andy

    Wow thats alot!!
    I have a pair of soft ground blades and a pair of firm ground preds. i have a simple pair of shinpads. I use insulation tape for sock tape. and a nike base layer. Not that exspensive imo. i work it out at.. 200 pounds.

    1. says: Rob

      Agreed Andy, it is excessive but when you love the game as much as I and many other amateur footballers do then it seems all worth it at the end.

      I’d happily save up however much and get a set of new boots than have a night out!

  3. says: Sir Prance Alot

    Like it Rob , you are indeed a weekend warrior !

    We spend a shed load each season, pay real detail to what we buy and bust a gut to improve year on year.

    Thats the power of the beautiful game – nothing comes close to football.

    Good luck to all in the new season.

  4. says: The Law!

    Wow rob you really do prepare yourself well there aren’t many of us keen football activists in the modern armature game, I find it so invigorating to know there are others who show such a keen interest in this magnificent sport.

  5. says: SirQuentinSpartanthethird


    I would really like to have a kit bag as good as yours. What size feet do you have?

    I know a strange question, But I personally find different boots have different sizes.

    For instance depending on what position i play i.e. Wing back i need something a bit tighter, something i can really get maximum mobility, Or center back i need a big boot for those online clearances.

    Do you wear different sizes for differet positions Rob?



    1. says: Rob

      Quentin, I appreciate what you say wholey. I am a size 9 both in a boot and a normal shoe! I feel when I go a size bigger it is worse for my touch, no doubt this is my mind playing tricks on me but it’s also a case of being mentally prepared. The naswer to the question is no I always take a size 9 no matter the situation.

  6. says: Scaba

    That’s a handy kit bag u have there rob and very expensive too, u have 3 great boots there but I still wear shin pads with guards on due to the old ale house kicks u get in my league. Good read rob keep up the good preperation

  7. says: greg ballantine

    two pair of boots
    these being adipure 2 fiirm ground
    addidas predator hard ground

    shin pads are cheap nike total 90 ones because i found them

    tape if theres some

    i dont wear baselayer

    sometimes i get a red bull

    i dont have to pay for my games because the club pays for me (and travel)

    2/3 booking a season which the club also pays for

    5 aside is £6 a week
    6 aside is £7 a week

    £80 adipures(which are the best boots that have been made) £100 predators
    nike pads free 🙂

    apart from the boots i dont pay too much

  8. says: Best left foot outside the football league

    Hi Rob I also pride myself as a fellow weekend warrior nothing I like more than putting in a nice meaty challenge or blasting a shot top bins with my trusty left peg which I call THE HAMMER! I was quoted in our local league news as having the best left foot outside the football league and I really believe I do!

    I currently support Predator power swerve which have the reflationary feature of sand in the soul I find this has improved me immensely and last season my power and accuracy was unbelievable netting 24 times from centre midfield.

    As Quentin said different positions require different boots and it looks like you prefer the more heritage adidas boot do you feel these bring out the best in your ability like the predators do in mine?

    1. says: Rob

      It would be a joy to see what you describe as the best left foot outside of the football league. Being left footed myself I believe we are better natural strikers of the ball. 24 times from midfield a great effort there mate, shame the forwards for my team couldn’t do that haha!

      1. says: Best left foot outside the football league

        THE HAMMER cannot be seen i like to think of it as an experience…. rob your obviously playing for the wrong team!!!!!! maybe you should organise their kit bag and supply them with the correct attire and technology this will give them the tools to be a complete footballer such as myself

  9. says: Sus

    i have 2 pairs of mercurial vapor IV fg(leather EC08 edition) and sg(white/blue) and I have Puma v1.08 The Bull red too(mercurials are both 1 year old and they are still like new), nike pro shorts and shirt, small easy shinpads(reusch I think, I bought they from my friend for 5€ and yellow Nike guard stays. before every game i drink Powerade and that’s it.
    about 300€ pre season…

  10. says: forbes

    Well Rob you certainley take your football seriousley, I like were your coming from in terms of the importance of wearing the correct boot for the right condition as i believe it is vital for performance. I feel blisters is one of the main consequences for not wearing the right boot, i have just purchased a pair of adipure (fg) which are a very good firm ground boot i believe and in the winter i like to wear addidas predator boots. last season i wore nike tiempos but they were a very weak boot. i also believe preparation before the game is very important to mentally and physically preparing yourself for the 90 minute battle you are about to engage in.

  11. says: SirQuentinSpartanthethird

    Hi Guys,

    What size foot is everyone??
    Do you find you require different sizes in different makes??

    Does anyone else here wear different sizes for different positions aswell? I find an extra inch here an there makes all the difference.

    Sounds like you need a bigger boot for THE HAMMER there best left haha.


  12. says: forbes

    well rob, you take your football seriousley, i believe wearing the correct boot for the right conditions is very important, otherwise consequences such as blisters could be a downside to wearing a studs on firm ground for example. therefore having a selection of boots is vital, i play with the adipure (fg) and adiddas predators. I also believe preparation before football is important as you need to be physically and mentally prepared for how ever long your going to be playing for.

  13. says: Sergio

    I have:
    Nike Total 90 Laser SG
    Nike Superligera FG
    Deep Heat (magic spray)
    Spare Socks
    Nike Mercurial Alpha Shin Pads
    Flip Flops
    Warm-Up Trackies
    = approx $650 (aus)
    Not to bad

  14. says: Best left foot outside the football league

    it is true Quent my left foot (THE HAMMER) is a size bigger that my right I always buy 9 in one and 10 in the other as with the new technology of the predator and the rubber strips if you increase the surface area, the sweetg spot is so much larger thus resulting in a better spin off allowing for more ball movement and power behind the strike! Add that with the weight transfer back to front with the sand in the soul for me the complete boot – Predator for me is perfection.

    So rounding off I totally agree with rob an Q your kitbag is essential to your match day performance.

  15. says: Snolly G

    items 1-9 are always in my bag (10&11 depend on what time of year):
    1. adidas preds (fg)
    2. nike supremacy (fg)
    3. nike air maximus shinguards
    4. extra socks
    5. keeper gloves
    6. ball pump
    7. mosquito repellent
    8. water/gatorade
    9. extra shirts
    10. nike azc (turf)
    11. gloves

    capital expenses:
    preds ($110)
    t90 ($110)
    shinguards ($25)
    socks ($100)
    keeper gloves ($40)
    ball pump ($10)
    azc ($80)
    gloves ($25)
    subtotal: $500

    fixed costs:
    team fees ($500)
    hydration ($300)
    mosquito spray ($5)
    subtotal: $805

    i’m not really an accountant. i just split them up because the “capital expenses” aren’t recurring (when i can avoid temptation). but fixed costs are recurring and unavoidable–unless i one day decided to give up organized matches.

    i don’t bother to lay anything out the night before. my bag doesn’t really change. the only things that get replaced game-to-game are socks and hydration.

  16. says: Bernard - Bernardos

    Your kitbag is far to expensive given the current finacial climate. £6 for a pair of 1990 “Steve Nicol” Hi-Tec special editions from ebay have suited me for the last 12 years!

    Obviously with wearing the same boots for the last 12 years I am a shower not a grower!!!

    I have actually made my own shinpads from whales ribs I found on the beach with a bit of Blue Peter style “sticky back plastic”.

    I am still playing with these shin pads and football boots to this day and would be devastated if I ever had to replace them.

    When thinking of spending all this money on your kit bag please remember the starving children that make these boots for a penny a week and have only got 3 fingers from leprosy!

    I think everyone should make there own kit, it would make sunday mornings alot more enjoyable for me!

    Not just a show of third world countries sewing expertise!

  17. says: I

    im a 29 stone machine and use the udders of a cow for mine boots my kit bag cosists of the following 20 items

    1 – cows udders
    2 – apple cinnamon bars
    3 – apple cinnamon bars
    4 – apple cinnamon bars
    5 – apple cinnamon bars
    6 – apple cinnamon bars
    7 – apple cinnamon bars
    8 – 1 tub of cookie flavoured protien shake
    9 – 24 egg whites
    10 – apple cinnamon bars
    11 – apple cinnamon bars
    12 – apple cinnamon bars
    13 – apple cinnamon bars
    14 – apple cinnamon bars
    15 – apple cinnamon bars
    16 – apple cinnamon bars
    17 – Jock strap
    18 – apple cinnamon bars
    19 – apple cinnamon bars
    20 – anabol

    all must be consumed 20 mins before a match as i suffer from bad stitches

  18. says: Adam Tosic

    buy adidas F50’S then you only have one pair of boots but can change between all 3 HG,FG & SG

    also electritians tape does the trick, everyone is now wearing white socks on the outside of there socks..

  19. says: The Greatest Number 10 in Amateur Football

    Its all about copas in the summer and preds in the winter. Nothing more, nothing less!!

  20. says: Rob

    Wow this topic has had some good banter replies some of which are slightly dubious! however that is a good thing as it just shows what amateur football is all about! The Banter!!!

    1. says: SirQuentinSpartanthethird

      Maybe we should all get together and make the greatest amateur football team of all time.

      I really like (THE HAMMER) would be great to have him on my side as we only have 13 players but we are all left footed so i think (THE HAMMER) would slot in great at right back.

  21. says: Steve

    I only wear FG boots and really dislike studs. I honestly can say i dont feel any difference in traction when wearing a FG to a SG boots.
    I have:
    1.cream and gold tiempo’sFG
    2.yellow t90 lasers fg.
    3.woody woodpecker towel.
    4.brut shower gel
    5.brut anti-perspirent
    6. flip flops
    7. t90 shin pads with ankle supports.
    8.elastic sock/shin pads supports.
    9. Nike under shorts and long sleeve tight top.
    10. ipod speaker for the changing room.

    i had a pair of the new f50i.s in cyan blue for this season to last all year, however after 3 wears they split and i also found they are so bad in the wet i really struggled to get a good touch on the ball.

    my kit bag is a nike one medium sized.

    for breakfast i have weatabix and banana, and lucozade before the game.

    the hammer sounds like ur typical centre mid who loves pinging balls from every anlge possible.

    I play upfront and was described by my local paper as John Terry playing upfront. Big tackles, mix it with the defenders.

  22. says: Derek

    Well I have to include indoor boots as I am a weekend warrior in Canada and with over a meter of snow on the ground for 3 months of the year it makes it hard to play outdoor during those months. I’m actually somewhat shocked at your playing costs more than anything, for me to play 11 a side from spring through summer and 6 a side from autumn through the winter into early spring I pay £300 at most (well the equivalent thereof) But looking at how much you spend on Redbull it occurs to me I probably pay about the same, and that’s an expense I could do without, in fact that’s a new pair of boots.

  23. says: mace10

    In my bag i take:

    1 pair adidas world cups
    1 pair nike tiempo EC08 edition (moulded)
    1 pair nike mercurials in orange (for really hard ground)
    Nike Shinpads with attachable ankle guards
    Adidas adipure shin pads
    Adidas undershorts
    Nike Under Shirt
    PST Thick Sock Tape
    Puma Sock Stoppers
    Set of Keepers Gloves
    Rubs, vicks, bandages, knee supports etc
    Shower Gels, deodorants

    Sounds a lot but does all fit in one medium sized bag. And like you i do like to judge what type of boot i use well before kick off, comfort is the most important thing

  24. says: Best left foot outside the football league

    THE HAMMER reporting in!

    Quentin I would love to play with a load of lefties perfectly balanced team, my preferred position is actually right back as I can use THE HAMMER to full force with long precise diagonal balls and dictating play, however I am currently in talks with by rafa benitiez as the ideal replacement for Xavi Alonso (remember u heard it here 1st)

    On a serious note I am good but not that good maybe in 2 season’s time when I have matured as a footballer and learnt how to prep my kit bag

    Steve stay away from Nike t90 lazers its all about adidas boots and old spice shower gel an spray, iPod is more for the professionals not amateurs keep the cost down nothing wrong with a tape deck ghetto blaster to get the team going b4 a game.

    got a friendly Thursday evening going to pack my bag tonight, any ideas what to be eating before an evening game I like “I said” diet apple cinnamon bars

    THE HAMMER out!

  25. says: Kyle

    Interesting write-up, but if you must have an energy boost pre-game, I would recommend something that’s NOT carbonated and NOT sugary (they maybe you won’t be a lazy centre-back? haha). No offense mate but it seems you take everything seriously except your diet.
    Don’t misunderstand, I have an AWFUL diet, but as a university player in the US I am pretty careful about what I do pre-game. I would recommend some carbs about 3 hrs prior to gametime, along with plenty of hydration and vitamin B.
    Myself, I make sure to eat plenty of carbohydrates approx 3hrs before game time (pasta usually), and take vitamin B supplements before the game. Your energy bar is fine, but the Red Bull worries me a bit 😉 Cheers though!

  26. says: martincillo

    well i play football in nike total noventa turf, cause the pitch where I play is not in good condition, and the fg hurt a little mi foot, so i didnt know a amateur playing in sg, and the redbull is a good option for a up and down right defender 😀

  27. says: kevin

    Well in my bag I got..
    T90 lazer 1’s (silver and yellow)
    Nike mercurial 4’s (blue and white)
    Nike pro baseplayer
    Icy hot (to warm up the legs on a cold day)
    An orange, and some G2 gatorade.

    Not madly expensive as some others but then again I am only 15. Tough I am doing pretty well for myself. 15 playing for free on clubs with 17 and 18 year olds.

    Keep your eyes open. 2 weeks from now I have a practice session with the LA GALAXY. (Im from the U.S.) XD

    1. says: Rob

      Really, wish you all the best with this mate! Playing with clubs like that will only make you a better player. Again good luck and keep us posted with how you get on.

  28. says: Kyle

    Haha what a crazy topic this has turned into!

    Good Work Rob – really got people talking!

    I wouldn’t ever want to add up the cost of my gear – I think it’d spiral me into depression!

  29. says: Jose Luis

    Everything was perfect untill you mentioned a Red Bull. You should rather drink an isotonic drink such as Gatorade instead of that fancy cocktail.
    Red Bull increases your heart rate and does not help with your performance.

    1. says: I said

      it increases ur alertness and good yar for your footballing brain just add with an apple cinnamon bar for muscle mass body building – it has turned me into the cleverest quickest and strongest footballer in ze world – i am un uber power houszen

  30. says: Matt

    Good stuff Rob. Here is mine.
    These are in my bag always.
    Nike Vapor V firm ground – $300
    Nike Vapor IV Soft ground – $300
    Nike Laser II firm ground – $250
    Nike Mercurial Shin pad – $35
    Nike Total Confidence Keeper Gloves – $120
    Ball Pump – $15
    Adidas Euro Final Ball – $120
    Warm Up Suit – $100
    Tape – $5
    Uniform – $?
    hidration – depends on what I get normally G2 or Water.
    Keeper Uniform(pants, shirt, etc) – $120
    subtotal – $1365

    Club fees – $500

    subsubtotal – $1865

    Thats what my season total was. Im also 16.

  31. says: Sir Prance Alot

    If I continue to work hard and stick to my RedBull / Apple Cinammon Bars eating programme, then maybe one day I too can call myself an Uber Power Houzen.


  32. says: Kyle

    Sir Prance Alot – isn’t that the dream for every man who’s stepped onto a football pitch?!

    Haha I love the characters that’ve come out for this article; thanks to THE HAMMER and Uber Power Houzen (sic) may never be the same again…

  33. says: Best left foot outside the football league

    THE HAMMER is living the dream!

    match day today the press are out drove past no comment! said the only thing ill tell you is that iv got a new training an diet plan and ive pack my bag the night before (cheers rob) 4 cans of redbull, several apple cinnamon bars and a jock strap ull hav to be an uber power houzen to stop THE HAMMER tonight

  34. says: cr7wonka

    min is:
    -one pair of adidas predator powersweve (blue and white)fg
    -one pair of mercurial vapor 4(blue and yellow)fg
    -hanes t-shirt
    -adidas teamgeist

    all in all about about $242.
    adidas predator $116
    nike vapor 4 $90
    t-shirt $3
    cereal $3
    tape $2
    adidas teamgeist soccer ball $24

    well thats what i do 🙂

  35. says: Purps

    I am currently in the process of creating a new team which I know for a fact, will be capable of conquering the world.

    As the team is still in the early stages, I will be running on a tight budget so will be making a few suggestions on how to reduce expenditure. My first major change will be in the shower room. All players will use Soap instead of shower gel, this is as I am able to get 64 bars for 79p and does a perfect job of keeping people clean (is also good for banter when an unlucky soul has to pick it up!!!)

    I already own a mini bus so will be able to transport to all away games. I feel this is safer as it reduces the risk of accidents. There are far too many idiots on the road throwing milkshakes out of cars causing crashes at the moment!!!

    Rob if your interested in the opportunity, give me a shout and we can get this arranged.

  36. says: SirQuentinSpartanthethird

    We can only dream joaq.

    What size feet does everybody have?

    Bernhard i cannot locate any 1990 “Steve Nicol” Hi-Tec special editions can anybody point me in the right direction??

    to THE HAMMER i also have one foot bigger than the other my right foot is sometimes upto 2 sizes bigger. I have created an elastic boot that actually extends with the foot. It is only in its proto type stage but it also has sand in the SOUL, very much like the preds. I would like the hammer to try this out if possible.

    1. says: Firework Mouth

      Sir Quent,

      Playing in 1990 “Steve Nicol” boots in this day would be a school boy error. It would be like dropping your girlfriends car into 2nd gear whilst doing 80MPH on the motorway. Neither is advisable!!!

      I do understand the need for boots to enhance your performance, but you need to know your limitations. I think having 3 pairs of boots is slightly over the top, and can you honestly say it improves your game? I think people in todays game need to know their limits. There is no point spending money on boots if you already have a pair, it’s like spending money on a car then ploughing it into a tree at high speed!!!!

  37. says: Saxo Paz

    Hi Rob, its your old pal Paz.

    Love the write up, thanks for sending me the link, Its been a while since we had a good blogging sesh!!!!

    I remember the first time I saw your bag and I though you had too much in there, I helped you empty it all over your living room floor and your mum went mad cleaing up the mess!!!!

    Sounds like your bag has improved since we last played together and I hope you have managed to get rid of that stench from your old bag!!!

    Keep up the good work

  38. says: Connor

    Here is mine
    KIT ABOUT £80
    TAPE £2

  39. says: Stuart Grimshaw

    Cheap Adidas boots £20
    Mud from last week. Free
    Shin pads from some chain that’s gone bust £3

    £23 quid.

  40. says: SAM

    I play as well and this is what I have in my bag-
    . Nike Tiempo Air Legend II-White/White/Anthracite/Nike boot bag
    . Skins Undershorts
    . Skins Vest
    . LYNX Voodoo/Africa
    . Yupi Gummy Lollies
    . Can of Red Bull
    . iPod/Headphones
    . Novel
    . Adidas Trackpants and
    . Nike Low Premium Dunk SB/Nike socks

  41. says: Karl

    Puma V-Konstrukt II (FG) – £71
    Puma King XL (SG) – £40
    Adidas pads – £6
    Kathmandu thermals – £8.5
    Insulation tape – Free from Dad 😛
    Energy – £15 (20 games a season!)
    Rego for the league – £67

    That’s a pretty respectable £207.5! And that’s with bargain hunting really! 😛

  42. says: Best Under 16

    Yo this is the best calling:
    My Bag:->
    Nike airlegend 2 FG
    Adidas F50i
    Nike CUSTOMS Shin pads
    Speed Power Drink
    Adidas Shower gel
    Adidas deep energy Deo
    Thermal Underarmour undershirt
    Adidas headband

    Total cost $956

  43. says: lilpele

    I also have ared bull before the game. i thought i was the only one.My bag consists of…
    -Air Legnd ones
    -really old adidas cleats my dad wore in the 80s
    -adidas headband
    -red bull
    -granola bars
    – adidas shin pads
    -and extra socks

  44. says: Dan

    I have…

    Nike Vapor V FG (£100)
    Puma v.08 SG (£65)
    Umbro SX Shin Pads (£15)
    Adidas Sweatbands(£10)
    Lucozade Sport (£1.00)
    Shin Pad Tape (£5)
    Anti-Blister Socks (£15)

    = £211

  45. says: farid

    the kitbag is essential! here is mine ( i didnt add up the prices)
    -Team kit
    -Under armour coldgear top
    -Nike tiempo legend III SG
    -Adidas Copa Mundial moulds
    -extra socks
    -Water, Gatorade
    -medical stuff
    -Lucozade energy tablets
    – A snack or two!


  46. says: James Bufton

    My kitbag consists of:
    Yellow Adi zeros blade ÂŁ45
    under armours (x3)ÂŁ120
    red bull about ÂŁ20
    LYNX (DEODRANT,shower gel and hair gel) ÂŁ20
    Nike CTR 360 studs ÂŁ50
    other ÂŁ20

    total= ÂŁ295

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