If your kid’s goal is to become a world-class soccer player, she’s going to need top-notch gear. Balls come in three sizes based on age, plus special balls for futsal, or indoor soccer. Both soft-shell and hard-shell shin guards offer great protection. Your kid will need cleats for outdoor games, turf shoes for synthetic surfaces or sneakers for traditional gyms. A pair of light shorts allow for movement and speed. Gloves help goalies get a grip on the ball for great saves. With room for all their gear, duffel bags or athletic backpacks are great for tournaments and sports camps. Portable nets and goals and training aids help kids perfect their skills at home or on the go .