How to Tape Soccer Shin Guards


Soccer's international governing body, Fédération Internationale De Football Association (FIFA), dictates all players must wear shin guards when playing competitive soccer. As such, it is important for players to find a secure, comfortable arrangement with their equipment. Many players apply tape over their socks to hold their shin guards in place. It is important that shin guards do not disrupt the soccer shoes, as this can have an adverse effect on a player's control of the ball and can be uncomfortable.

Things You'll Need

  • Shin guards
  • Soccer socks (stockings)
  • Soccer cleats (boots)
  • Put on your shin guards, socks and cleats and adjust them until they are comfortable, with the shin guards covering your shin so it is safe and secure. Socks should be comfortable with no ridges or lumps in the material.

  • Decide on which type of tape you want to use. Some tapes are more practical than others, but most single-sided tape will do the job. Most players use about 1-inch-wide, white tape. Also, there are no prizes for fashion, you should choose tape that complements your kit, or uniform. For example, duct tape, while no doubt effective, does not look at all stylish.

  • Apply tape until your arrangement is comfortable and secure. The most important place to tape your shin guards is near the bottom of the guard. Start the tape to one side, then pass it across the guard and tightly around the calf until you have completed a couple of revolutions of the leg. The tape should be applied tightly so the guards cannot move, but not so tightly as to affect your calf muscle's ability to flex. Some players also elect to apply a second round of tape either just above the lower tape or about a quarter of the way up the shin guard. You can also add tape toward the top of the guard to secure it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Safety is paramount. Ensure the shin guard, whether taped or not, is held tightly against the shin bone.

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