10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Youth Soccer Players
With Christmas around the corner, many are on the hunt for the perfect gift for their soccer loving kid. These 10 gift ideas are perfect for youth soccer players.
1. MLS Live
A key component to developing as a soccer player is watching professionals play the game. For around $65, you can provide your home with access to up to 233 MLS games from outside your market.
Available on IPad, IPhone, Roku, and any Panasonic connected TVs, MLS Live lets you watch MLS games on your own time from anywhere. Give your kid the opportunity to support the growth of the beautiful game in America while learning how to play the game.
2. Howler Magazine
Howler Magazine is a soccer magazine produced in America for soccer aficionados.
A $50 subscription will get you 4 issues a year. Aesthetically pleasing and quality content highlight Howler Magazine as one of the strongest voices on the state of soccer in America. Though the $12/issue price tag may seem expensive, Howler's beautiful graphics and interesting stories justify the cost.
Grab a subscription here and make soccer a lifestyle.
3. US Soccer Apparel
Every student and supporter of soccer in the United States needs some form of United States soccer apparel. Whether a replica jersey, a supporters scarf or a car decal, it is necessary for the growth of the game that the national team gets our support.
The US Soccer store often has great deals, so check in often.
4. Quality Cleats
I remember wearing Mitre cleats from Walmart. And I remember wearing Lotto's from Academy. Then I got a nice pair of kangaroo leather cleats and it changed me.
I never knew what I was missing until it was on my foot. There is an obvious difference to players in the way cleats respond to movements on the pitch and how the ball bounces off the laces.
If you're serious about soccer and plan to play past high school, it is time to shell out the money for an expensive pair of boots. The extra $50 is worth it.
5. Match Tickets
Take your family to a match this year. Whether a USL Pro, NASL, MLS or National Team game, going and experiencing the professional game is a must.
The United States has plenty of quality contests to offer in 2015 with MLS kicking off in March and the US hosting the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The summer also offers European teams playing friendlies across the country. The experience of a game can't be replaced by watching it on TV. Create a memory and create a student of the game with tickets to a match.
6. Youth Soccer Summer Camp
Give your student the gift of attending a local soccer camp this summer. Colleges often put on quality, week-long camps that host players in dorm rooms.
If you have a professional team in your area, check to see if they offer any development camps as well. A week of concentrated instruction can do wonders to help youth soccer players develop into quality talent.
7. FIFA 15
Every soccer fan I know plays FIFA. According to EA Sports, 50% of EA Sports FIFA players are more interested in pro soccer after playing the videogame.
Playing the game increases interest in the game and also teaches how the game should flow. There's no better way to learn the game than playing it, even in videogame form. Purchase the new FIFA to advance your player's knowledge of the game and then promptly beat them at it. No mercy.
You can purchase the game on Amazon.
8. Adidas Brazuca
The official World Cup ball is a great purchase for players of all levels. The Adidas Brazuca ball is light weight and aerodynamic for the truest flight path. Plus, it has lots of pretty colors.
But seriously, if you're going to play World Cup, play with the official World Cup ball. Your soccer player will thank you for this gift.
9. Pop Up Goals
Pop Up goals allow a game to take place anywhere. 3v3 and 7v7 are great ways to develop skill, passing and movement off the ball.
They can go in the street or in the backyard. No matter where they're used, a game will take place. Buy your kid a pop up goal so the game never has to end.
10. The Beckham Experiment, Grant Wahl
The Beckham Experiment is the New York Times best selling story of David Beckham's move to Major League Soccer from Real Madrid in 2007 and his impact on the sport in America.
Written by Sports Illustrated's Sr. soccer writer, Grant Wahl, The Beckham Experiment goes behind the scenes of the LA Galaxy and also examines the failing structure of MLS.
If you want your player to read more during the summer, The Beckham Experiment may do the trick.