To mark the start of the FIFA Women's World Cup on June 7th, we've stepped away from the sidelines to select the coolest soccer gear that your girl is sure to get a kick out of on and off the field. "We're so excited for the Cup, as it is a great reminder of not only why we love the sport of soccer, but it is a showcase some of the best athletes in the world – strong, positive female role models for young girls," says Katy Slater, Director of Product Development for Soccer Shots. "Participating in soccer provides girls with the opportunity to set tangible goals and work to achieve those goals. Being able to see themselves work hard and accomplish something builds self-confidence on the field and in life."
We've rounded up the best gear guaranteed to score some major cool points for mom and dad. Check out these fab finds to help your soccer star make some smooth moves.
by Samantha McIntyre
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Nike Dri-FIT Big Kids' Just Do It Soccer T-Shirt
"Being involved in soccer from a young age helps girls learn to build friendships with others in a team sport environment," says Katy Slater of Soccer Shots. "There is something about working together on the field toward a common goal that builds bonds among teammates." Help your girl get on the ball in this Nike Dri-FIT Big Kids' Just Do It Soccer T-Shirt. This super cool, sweat-wicking message tee is the perfect motivation to keep moving. Available in S, M, L and XL. ($20; nike.com)
These cool kicks are perfect for flaunting that fancy footwork on the field. The lightweight kid's Vizari Infinity FG Soccer Cleats feature a synthetic leather upper, padded heel and rubber sole for solid traction. Available in toddler, little and big kid sizes. ($21; amazon.com)
If the goal is to have the best bag off the field, then there's no competition with this awesome adidas Diablo Duffle Bag. This perfectly sized polyester tote is roomy enough to carry all of your kiddo's must-haves with an adjustable, padded strap for comfort. Available in 15 fashionable colors. ($23; amazon.com)
If practice makes perfect, what better way to score than with this Morvat Premium Portable Soccer Goal Set? This super fun, outdoor soccer collection includes a four-foot net and two soccer balls with a pump and portable carrying case to take your game on the road. It's easy to assemble for good quality fun. ($43; amazon.com)
Your girl is guaranteed to make some slick moves in this pair of adidas Kids Nemeziz 18.4 FXG Soccer Shoes. Crafted in quality, lightweight materials with a durable sole designed for grip and traction. These colorful cleats are sure to stand out! Available in little and big kid sizes. ($40; zappos.com)
Here's the kicker, shin guards are a must for protection, and these Vizari Malaga Soccer Shin Guards for Kids are sure to do the trick. This Amazon best-seller features a lightweight PP shell and padded foam backing for a comfortable fit with a secure ankle guard that stays in place during play. Available in XS, M, and L youth sizes in 11 colors. ($11; amazon.com)
What could be cooler than this pair off Vizari Frost Soccer Cleats? Certainly a shoo-in for the best style, these durable soccer shoes feature a synthetic sole and flexible rubber outsole with sturdy studs for traction. This is definitely not a straight-laced style! Available in toddler and little kid sizes. ($24; amazon.com)
These Sportout Youth Goalie Goalkeeper Gloves will come in handy when it comes to making a save. Designed with a secure grip and anti-slip palms, these durable gloves will help your girl handle the ball without the risk of injuries or sprains. Available in four colors. ($30; amazon.com)
Your girl won't have a hard time making passes in these Umbro Girls' 2-in-1 Training Shorts. These comfortable soccer shorts feature an elastic waistband and double-layer design for full coverage. Available in three colors in girls' sizes XS to XL. ($13; target.com)