Slip-in soccer shin guards, which consist of a single piece of plastic or carbon fiber shaped like a shield for the front of the lower leg, go in place very simply. You just insert them in front of your long, knee-length soccer socks, pushing them down until their top edge is few inches below the top of the sock. Center the shin guard vertically between your knee and the top of your foot so that it fits snugly against the most delicate part of your shin. The lower edge will be about 4 inches above your ankle. You can add a few wraps of athletic tape on the outside of your sock if the elastic isn’t tight enough to keep the shin guard in place.
Shin Guards with Ankle Shields
If you have the shin guards with a built-in ankle shield, pull the stretchy fabric of the lower part of these shin guards up over each foot, until the stirrup lies below the arch of the foot. Continue to pull on the fabric comprising the upper part of the shin guard, which contains an embedded plastic shield, so that the guard covers the front of the lower leg. Pull soccer socks over the shin guard and then put on your cleats. FIFA’s Laws of the Game require that you wear socks to completely cover either type of shin guard.
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