If you play five-a-side, chances are your season never stopped.
But if you’re in an 11-a-side team, the new season will be starting and it’s time to replace those holey old socks.
Here’s our pick of 10 great footballing buys – new and classic – to get you through the winter and beyond. From kit by Nike, Adidas and Puma to hardware to help you up your game, we hope there’s something for every player.
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The 10 best football gear
The 10 best football gear
1/10 Adidas Copa Mundials
The Copa Mundial has been the footballers’ football boot since 1979. Adidas recently released a beautiful blacked-out version of the white stripes. Durable, comfy and classic and also available for astroturf (£80). £110, adidas.co.uk
2/10 2014/15 AS Roma home kit
As classy as some football kits are, they’re often ruined by sponsors. This isn’t. Roma’s beautiful new shirt is a belter - though you may need the physique of Francesco Totti to pull it off. The away version is just as classy. £90, store.nike.com
3/10 Mitre Vandis football
If your main footballing experience is a windswept field of a poky five-a-side court, the risk with buying a decent nut is that it’s likely to get blootered over a fence and lost. So don’t spend too much. The new Vandis Mitre is a solid, hand-stitched number which ought to last you the season. Just keep the shots down. £15, mitre.com
4/10 Nike Mercurial Lite shinpads
Shinpads can be cumbersome if you choose the wrong pair - plenty of the players in my five-a-side league have abandoned them all together. Maybe not a great idea, but why not get the lightest, least likely to slip down pair? These Nike Mercurial shinnys are a decent investment. £18, store.nike.com
5/10 Crazy Catch Professional Double Trouble Rebounder
Rebounders allow players to train alone by hitting a ball at a strung net and controlling the rebound. This double-sided rebounder has a large netting to produce an unpredictable return. Great - albeit expensive (they do cheaper, smaller versions) - for keeping kids occupied in the garden, too. £169, thesoccerstore.co.uk
6/10 Kickster Pro 3600 Ultra Portable Goal
These easy-to-transport nets quickly improve park games. At 12ft by 6ft, it’s is big enough for adults, takes minutes to assemble and can be carried on the bus. It might seem steep at £90 for one, but split the cost with your team/mates. £88.99, amazon.co.uk
7/10 Nike Magista Opus
You’re probably asking for a kicking turning up on Hackney Marshes in Nike’s neon yellow sock/boot Magista Obras (launched for the World Cup), but if you want a swish new pair of boots, the black version of the Opus (in firm or soft ground models) contain the same Flyknit fabric and fit like a glove. £160, store.nike.com
8/10 Nike FC Eiffel Tower T -shirt
Not content with kitting out the world’s biggest teams on the pitch, Nike took aim for the casuals market with their Nike FC range. This Eiffel Tower tee pays tribute to the brand’s partnership with France’s all-conquering PSG. £22, store.nike.com
9/10 Puma King Allround Mens Astroturf Trainers
Another perennial favourite and - at £60 - a sound investment. Kings, which have been around in some form since 1968, come in firm and soft-ground studded versions but I’ve picked this as the classiest pair of astros on the market. £59.99, soccerscene.co.uk
10/10 Reusch Keon Pro GK gloves
Specialist glovemakers Reusch are a classic German footballing brand. Like rivals Uhlsport, they might not be able to for the big name players, but their products remain market-leading. Try the Keon Pros for a mid-priced pro-quality product with great grip and finger protection £24.99, kitbag.com
Football, pleasingly, remains a game you can play without spending a fortune. But if we could recommend splurging on one key item, it’s got to be the Adidas Copa Mundial boots. Comfy, strong and durable to last you not just this season, but the next couple. And, like all boots should be, black and white.
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