The Best Of Soccer Equipment

Investing in quality soccer equipment is vital if you are a coach. Being a coach myself, I know how frustrating it is when you buy equipment one week and the next week it breaks or falls apart. DON’T BE THAT COACH! In fact, I will just save you the time and the frustration now by showing you the best of soccer equipment, in my opinion. 

This soccer equipment I list is robust and built to last. So many reviews have been written about these specific products. However, I am a man of honesty so I am going to be straight with you from the start and say that many coaches fudge on their soccer equipment and decide to go the cheap route for every peice of equipement.

Sometimes you can buy cheap equipment, but let me caution you and say buying quality equipment that is built to last will save you money in the long run. So, make sure to do your research like I have.  

Trust me! I have experienced the hard way. I went the route of buying some cheap equipment only to watch it break on me the second week. I am a coach that is very frugal and I am always looking for ways to save money, but when it comes to finding quality equipment that lasts for my trainings I am willing to pay more for something that will last me longer and prevent me from having to buy more equipment.

Now like I said before, I dont mean every equipment you buy has to be the top notch and most expensive equipment. I am saying you need to make sure what you are buying is going to last. Equipment can be cheap but yet quality at the same time. 

Not only do you want equipment that is durable, but also you want equipment that is beneficial.

The worst thing for you to do is waste money on soccer equipment that is not beneficial for your trainings. Many coaches think they have to have the latest and greatest and spend money on equipment they don’t need.

So…

My goal is to give you my top 3 list of the best soccer equipment that I have seen is beneficial and durable. I will be answering four questions on each equipment. 

1. How well does it work?

2. How durable is it?

3. What could make it better? 

4. Why is it vital to have as a coach?

    At the end, my hope is that you have a better idea of what equipment best suits your coaching needs and that you feel you received valuable information on what equipment to chooose.

    So let’s jump into the best of soccer equipment!

    1. AGILITY LADDER AND CONES BY FIREBREATHER

    This equipment to me is essential when it comes to coaching. In soccer you need to learn how to change directions and shift your body from side to side. You need to make hard cuts and decrease your speed quickly. The agility ladder and cones improve athlete’s quickness, coordination, and their decision making. This is the ultimate training set.

    How well does this work?

    The agility ladder and cones are great! At first site of the product I was skeptical about its durability, but I have had so many athletes run over it and it stays together looking like new. They trip and fall on the ladder, step on the cones and the cones mold back together staying in perfect working condition.

    I personally use the agility ladder for my warm-up drills and my athletes have fell in love with trying to get through the drills faster by not messing up or tripping on the ladder.

    Not to mention, I have seen a huge improvement in their speed and have learned how to change direction quicker than when they started.

     How durable is it?

    Let’s be honest! As coaches, we are looking to buy equipment that is going to last a long time. It wouldn’t be smart to buy something that is going to break within the first week.

    The Firebreather agility ladder and cones can last in 0-degree weather or 110-degree weather. It is a 15 ft. ladder with 12 durable plastic rungs that have the ability to adjust to your preference. It has 4 stakes to push into the ground that are metal and not plastic.

    Don’t you hate it when the stakes are plastic and one push into the hard ground and it snaps?

    So frustrating!

    If that isn’t enough for you, it has a nylon bag that makes it easy to carry and protects the ladder and cones from any damage as you transfer it to and from trainings. 

    And get this! 100% MONEY BACK GAURANTEE! NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

    What could make this product better?

     As far as the ladder goes, the only thing I would have a problem with is the straps. Because you can adjust the ladder from larger to smaller, it doesn’t have the rungs nailed in place. So, what happens is if your athlete trips over the ladder, the ladder will sometimes move and will need to be readjusted.

    As far as the cones go, the cones are thinner than normal agility cones. So far the cones haven’t ripped or anything so the thinness hasn’t been a problem.

    Why was it vital for me to have as a coach?

    I asked myself these questions…

    Do I want to see my athletes improve on their quickness and overpower their opponent?

    Do I want equipment that helps prevent my athletes from injury? 

    Do I want equipment that is sturdy and can hold up during multiple trainings a week?

    My answers to all of these questions were…YES!!!

    So, having this equipment was a no brainer for me.

    2. Trademark Innovations 6” Speed Training Hurdles

      Speed Training Hurdles are a game changer! I kept contemplating whether or not I would actually use these in my trainings. I bought them and they sat in my garage for about two weeks before I pulled them out. I had no hopes that they would be beneficial.

      But let me tell how well they worked.

      How well does it work?

      If you are looking for faster ways to set up your trainings, the Speed Training hurdles are the way to go. They are plastic, light weight, and very easy to set up. You literally set them down with the two rubber ends facing the ground and they are ready to go. They do fall over when kicked but again it is so easy to set them back up.

      The hurdles have improved athletes speed and have increased their leg muscle. The hurdles improve different muscles than the cones. The athletes have to be more conscience of stepping over each hurdle getting their knees high enough to prevent them from knocking the hurdles over. 

      How durable is it?

      In my eyes for what I paid for these hurdles, they are very durable. They have been used many times and haven’t broke or came apart.

      I mean, are there speed hurdles out there that are more durable? Absolutely! But for the kind of training I am doing with this equipment, I don’t need them to be anything but plastic.

      What could make this product better?

      If I had to pick something, I would say it would be beneficial if the speed hurdles came with some kind of weight to weigh down the hurdles.

      But I also go back and forth with that because you don’t want the hurdles so secure to were your athlete trips and gets hurt because the hurdles have no give.

      So one could benefit with or without the weights.

      More importantly, I do wish the speed hurdles came with some kind of transporting device. Maybe a Velcro strap to hold them together or a bag to carry them in.

      Why was it vital for me to have as a coach?

      Like I said before, I didn’t believe these were vital at first. They sat in my garage for 2-3 weeks before I pulled them out.

      However, when I saw the improvements in my athletes speed and quickness improve I was sold.

      Also, when asking my athletes what their opinion was of the speed hurdles and seeing their own improvement, it was a given that these speed hurdles were vital.

      3. QUICKPLAY PRO SOCCER GOAL TARGET NET

        We all have that athlete on our team who has a breakaway and decides to kick the ball straight at the goalkeeper.

        And all the coaches said, AMEN!!!! 

        I can remember as a kid my dad freaking out because at times I would kick the ball straight at the goalie instead of picking a corner and putting the ball in the back of the net.

        The Quickplay Pro Soccer Goal helps not only with accurate shooting but it helps the athlete with consistent passes as well.

        How well does it work?

        People are saying this is essential if you want your passing and shooting to increase.

        One athlete said it was so simple to assemble and disassemble.

        I don’t know about you but I like when my equipment doesn’t take long to set up.

        This net has 7 changeable soccer targets that you can shoot into working on both accuracy and consistency.

        Not only that but the net comes with Velcro colored markers. Place a different color patch above a specific target and watch your athletes visual quickness improve.

        How durable is it?

        One trainer said he had twenty 9-12 year olds shooting at this and it held up without ever falling off.

        No holes! No tears! No Rips! Perfectly designed for the one that wants to improve their passing and shooting accuracy.

        What could make this product better?

        At first glance, I am not sure why they have the target in the middle. We are trying to get away from our athletes shooting at the middle of the goal.

        I would suggest to get rid of the middle target or move the target up near the crossbar and that would make the athlete aim for the crossbar area than straight into the middle of the goal.

        Why is the vital for me as a coach?

        In regards to shooting, if my athletes can’t score goals or capitalize when they get opportunities, then you give your opponent more chances to win.

        In regards to passing, if my athletes can’t pass accurately, we won’t be controlling the ball due to our passes being poor and our opponent will control the whole game.

        So, I will be buying this product because it is a great investment for my training allowing my athletes to grow in their passing and shooting.

        Also, sometimes I train at soccer fields and the goals don’t have nets. The quickplay pro soccer goal becomes the net and allows me to train on bigger nets than my small pug goals.

        Final Thoughts

        Hear is the deal! I have had a great experience with these products. Super helpful, durable, and so easy to set up. Not only that but the moment I started implementing them into my trainings, my athletes started seeing a tremendous increase in their speed, accuracy, and power.

        They are running circles around their competition and getting way ahead of boys and girls that they are training with. Their teammates are blown away by the results that they are seeing in practice. And parents are asking how he/she is improving at such a high rate.

        I am a trainer that loves seeing my athletes succeed in this way. It is so encouraging to be able to use certain equipment and get so many results from them.

        Also, I have done a lot of research when it comes to equipment. I find the best companies with the best quality with the best deals.

        My guess is you love seeing your athletes succeed as well! You would like to see the same thing that has happened to my athletes happen with your athletes.

        Let’s be honest, you want to be the coach that everyone is talking about whose athletes are succeeding and getting results.

        Also, your time is scarce and you want to make sure your equipment lasts you a long time and is quality.

        I get it! I was in your shoes a few months ago which is why I did the research for you. I was so tired of getting poor quality equipment that I set out to find what has worked for me.   

        So there you have it! My best of soccer equipment. This will expand as time goes on because like every coach they always are finding new ways to get quality equipment for their athletes to improve. 

        Until Next Time!

        Creating Overcomers, 

        Coach Phil

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