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Not only is it in the best interests of your health to wear shinguards, a referee should ensure that all players are wearing them.

Shinguards are available in a number of different materials, so it's best to try on a number of pairs to find which feel most comfortable for you.

You should be looking for a shinguard that will give you good protection but not restrict your movement.

A particularly popular type are those which loop around under the foot and are then held in place on the upper calf by a Velcro strap.

These will usually have extra padding around the ankle and Achilles tendon area, which is very beneficial.

Ankle protection is particularly important for a striker, while a defender will be best served by a heavier, and greater-protecting, shinguard.

Fibreglass shinguards will give great protection and are lightweight, making them a very good choice for youth players.

Plastic shinguards are generally the cheapest and still give good protection.





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