The 18 Best Soccer Gifts For Kids (2017-2018 Guide)
Soccer is increasingly a young person’s game. More and more focus is being put on youth soccer to create the next Lionel Messi, Christian Pulisic or Mallory Pugh. So what do you give as a gift for the budding soccer star in your life? We here at The18 have put together a list of the 18 best soccer gifts for kids to answer just that question.
Building on our No. 1-ranking gift guide from last year, this particular gift guide focuses on gifts for young people under the age of 18. We’ve divided the list into sections for ages 4 & under, 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18.
Here are the 18 best soccer gifts for kids for 2017-18:
Below are the items that made the list. Check out the pictures, details and more further below.
4 & Under
4. FIFA 18
Ages 4 & Under
For the real young kids out there, because it’s never too early to start your child/grandchild/godchild/random baby you see at the mall on the path to soccer superstardom. This item is the perfect way to brainwash a baby into loving real football instead of that silly American handegg junk that will destroy your brain cells.
Made by Fisher-Price so you know it’s high quality, the Laugh & Learn Singin’ Soccer Ball “encourages learning through active play.” (Who couldn’t use a little learning and active play?) Three interactive modes are included: learning, music and imagination.
The soft ball is perfect for the future midfielder because it teaches teamwork and taking turns, not to mention numbers, counting, colors, opposites and sportsmanship. Plus it’s machine washable for the future defenders who drool all over it.
Another one for the little ones that actually combines quite well with the above item. This little play set gets babies ready for the pressure that comes with being the greatest soccer player on the planet.
The gym comes with items that squeak, rattle and crinkle, plus there are teething rings and a mirror. Best of all, when the soccer ball hanging from the top receives a baby bicycle kick, the crowd roars in applause.
For parents, the play set folds up for easy storage and transportation and it’s also machine washable.
Wow, there’s a lot going on here. For when your child is a little older, this little setup has basketball, bowling and — most importantly — soccer for your little tyke to play with.
This product is great to help your child’s motor skills in three different sports and includes a light-up scoreboard that is also interactive. But please, make sure your child falls in love with the soccer aspect and not the bowling. You don’t want him or her to end up like the “Who do you think you are? I am!” guy.
This is a great gift for young girls and boys who are into soccer. Soccer is an all-inclusive sport and these figures follow in line, providing children with equal-opportunity toys.
The package comes with 12 figures for each team, one soccer ball, two goals, one referee and a felt field, all in one plastic storage container.
Fun fact: These figures are 100 percent more likely to go to the World Cup than the male figures of the same variety, but they’ll make less money doing so.
To become an elite scorer, one must learn to place his or her shot in the corners, away from the goalkeeper. The Soccer Challenge Perfect Goal teaches young players just that with an interactive goal that awards points for shooting at the corners.
The product is essentially a mat with a goal depicted on it that you put on the wall. When a shot hits the mat, it detects where in the goal it went in and keeps track of points for one or two players. It’s a nice little way to practice aim indoors or out.
We just have one problem with the so-called “perfect” goal: the very middle is worth more points than any other spot. Is this why the U.S. didn’t qualify for the World Cup? (We think it is.)
If you want your kids to practice keeping the ball on the ground instead of shooting up at a goal, look no further than this bundle that includes a hover soccer ball and two mini goals. We already pointed out the hover ball as one of the top gifts to buy online, but with this bundle you can get a ball and two goals.
The hover ball glides over hard surfaces like a pristine pass from Andres Iniesta. It’s great for kids because the ball will stay on the floor instead of bouncing up and knocking over lamps and old people. The goals are a perfect way to create a little in-house competition and it’s never too early to start learning tiki-taka passing.
Table air hockey is cool and all, but table air soccer is what all the cool kids play. This item is about 16”x27.5” in dimensions but provides much more fun than the size suggests.
The package includes one ball, two goals, two sticks (we’ll call them legs since it’s soccer) and everything else you need to create a closed-in field for air hockey soccer. Great fun for two or more people when the weather outside doesn’t permit playing actual soccer.
This soccer bean bag chair is the perfect addition to a young soccer fan’s room because who doesn’t love soccer-themed furniture?
It’s great for reading, playing FIFA or for one corner of a makeshift indoor soccer goal. Plus, it’s less likely to break than any other chair when hit by a soccer ball.
Wall decorations are an important part of a young person’s self expression. What better way to allow someone to express himself or herself than with a Fathead wall decal of his or her favorite player or team.
Whether it’s Clint Dempsey or Alex Morgan from the U.S. or international stars Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, Fathead has you covered. (Just ignore the company’s goofy name.)
Every soccer player young and old needs a bag to carry around his or her ball, cleats, shin guards and water bottle. This customizable bag features a compartment just for the soccer ball, a second large compartment for cleats, shin guards and socks and two side compartments.
The backpack can also be ordered in various colors or with logos from Broad Bay Cotton. It’s also multiuse for all those multisport athletes, capable of carrying a volleyball, basketball or American football.
Admittedly, this has very little to do with soccer, but it’s too cool not to include in this list. This little drone will take flight shortly after being turned on. From there, it doesn’t need any controls to stay in the air.
Instead of a remote control for this soccer drone, the flying ball senses its surroundings and stays afloat while avoiding walls and other obstacles. It can essentially hover above and follow the user’s hand.
The soccer ball drone also lights up, making it “very attractive to eyeballs,” according to the product description. We here at The18 like anything that’s attractive to eyeballs.
This is a must buy for any soccer fan who has any sort of inclination toward video games. Kids will love the easy-to-play soccer simulator and immediately ask for some money to spend on FIFA Ultimate Team packs.
The quality of this item is pretty self-explanatory, but for your grandmas out there who aren’t aware: This is the best soccer video game on the market. At least until the new version comes out next year.
Plus, if you don’t buy this for your 10-year-old son/daughter/brother/sister/you-get-the-point, who will kick my ass when I play FIFA online?
These days, most every kid has at least one phone or tablet. With the Soccer PopSocket expanding stand/grip, kids can more comfortably hold their favorite device.
The PopSocket sticks to the back of a phone or tablet and extends to become an easy grip to hold the device. It can also be used to prop the screen up for watching hands free.
This is one of the cooler soccer balls around and any kid would love to receive this. While this product may seem pricey for a practice ball, it’s totally worth it because this is no ordinary practice ball.
The DribbleUp Smart Soccer Ball connects to an app on your phone or tablet to keep track of a number of different factors while the ball is in use. The app will also provide coaching, keeping the player accountable to keep improving.
The best part is, the app will keep track of how fast you kick. What better way to prove once and for all who has the strongest leg than with the DribbleUp ball?
One thing every soccer player needs but never thinks to buy is the shin guard sleeve. While it’s not a sexy item, it’s one that will always be appreciated and utilized.
The Nike shin guard sleeve comes in black or white and a number of different sizes and is sure to keep shin guards in place to ensure more time running after the ball and less time readjusting equipment like some sort of time-wasting baseball player.
If you really want to impress that teenager on your shopping list, buy him or her a pair of these TRUsox soccer socks so he or she can literally wear what the pros wear.
Yes, $40 is a lot for socks, but these are no normal socks. Megan Rapinoe, Chicharito, Michael Bradley, Gareth Bale, Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez and many more of the game’s top players have switched to TRUsox because of their performance, so you know there's gotta be something to it.
Soccer is a great sport in that you can easily train by yourself with just a ball and a few feet of space. But training is so much better when you have something to shoot at or pass toward. With the Goalrilla Rebound Trainer, the recipient of your gift will be able to practice passing or shooting all day long without having to fetch the ball because the goal bounces the it back.
Add some friends and you have a goal for a small-sided match or just take turns cracking shots without worrying about fetching the ball. It's a great addition to any soccer player's equipment.
Let us here at The18.com speak from experience when we say a foosball table is a must-have for all soccer fans young and old. Anyone with this in their house instantly becomes one of the most popular kids on his or her soccer team because everyone wants to play foosball.
This particular foosball table is the top of the line. Sure you could find a cheaper option, but you want the best for your kid, right?
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