The 10 Best Nike Gifts for Soccer Players
From cleats to equipment, the top soccer gifts from Nike are meant for players at every level. If you’re shopping for someone who lives for the game, these gifts won’t disappoint.
Whether well-loved (but seriously worn-out) cleats need replacing or a new team (and jerseys) is on the horizon, avid footballers are the types of athletes always in search of fresh gear.
Of course, this tends to be good news for the gift giver in their lives when holidays, birthdays or championships come around.
From tech-infused balls to gear that channels a favorite style of play, check out the best Nike soccer gifts for the footballer in your life.
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1. Nike Soccer Ball
The beauty of soccer is that it only requires a single piece of equipment to make a match happen: an inflatable ball. Nike soccer balls are designed with special grooving and textured casing to maximize their grip, control and flight as they soar into the back of the net.
2. Nike Soccer Duffel
Ensure the soccer player in your life has space to carry all of their gear with a Nike soccer duffel. The Nike Brasilia Duffel, for example, can hold up to 95 liters of gear (think: balls, shin guards, cleats, jerseys, slides and more). With a zippered bottom compartment, sweaty post-match gear can stay separate from clean items on the way home.
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3. Nike Fanny Pack
For those last-minute pickup games in the park with friends, a Nike fanny pack is a practical and hands-free way to carry essentials such as keys, a phone and sunscreen. Nike offers a range of different fanny pack styles, but the 3-liter Nike F.C. hip pack was designed specifically for soccer enthusiasts.
4. Nike Cold Weather Gloves or Mitts
The last thing a player wants during a cold-weather match is to fumble a throw-in due to flimsy hand coverings or gloves. Nike gloves and mitts offer textured areas to ensure their grip stays put throughout the game. And they’re made with thermal materials and flexible cuffs for a secure fit.
5. Nike Soccer Sweatshirt
A Nike soccer sweatshirt takes a player’s warmup or cooldown look to the next level. Shop styles they can wear on the pitch. Or, for when they’re off the pitch and want to show their allegiance to their favorite professional club, check out soccer hoodies and crewnecks from teams like FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain.
6. Nike Soccer Pants
Another pre- and post-match essential, Nike soccer pants are designed with both an athlete’s comfort and high-level performance in mind. Opt for a roomy pair that they can comfortably slip on and off over their soccer shorts.
7. Nike Soccer Jersey
Whether they want to tap into their favorite player’s energy in a park pickup game or sport their team’s jersey at a match, Nike soccer kits are the ultimate gift for any fan of the game. With sweat-wicking technology that’s designed to perform and keep an athlete cool, wearing these jerseys is about as close as you can get to stepping out on the pitch alongside the pros.
8. Nike Soccer Cleats
Nike offers soccer cleats and shoes for all kinds of surfaces (artificial grass, firm ground, turf, multi-ground and indoor court), and they come in a variety of colors and designs. A fresh pair makes a great celebratory gift for a birthday, holiday or championship season.
9. Nike Soccer Cap
The perfect pairing for any professional team kit, especially while watching a midday game in the sun? A cap to match. Sweat-wicking fabric keeps moisture away from the face, while glide closure on the back offers a secure fit.
10. Nike Soccer Headband
As seen on many pro players, snug-fit headbands can help keep distractions like sweat or flyaway hairs away from the face so players can keep their eyes on the ball. No matter what color their jersey is, chances are there’s a Nike soccer headband with a hue to match.
Words by Julia Sullivan, A.C.E.-certified C.P.T.