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Football Gear for Every Playing Skill Level and Position

It’s that time of year: grounds crews are striping the fields, early morning bear crawls are back, and kids everywhere are strapping on shoulder pads and helmets for the first time. Soon, it’ll be time to fire up the stadium lights with players on the field.

A new football season is getting underway. You can find quality gear such as football helmets and accessories at Academy Sports + Outdoors to help players of all ages stay safe and achieve excellence on the field.

Football players depend on their equipment for protection and performance for highlight-reel worthy catches and dazzling finishes in the end zone. Although they seem like a stylish accessory, adjustable football gloves are designed to protect and insulate your hands. Gloves also improve grip for receivers to catch passes or help linemen make game-saving plays.

Additionally, football cleats are one of the most essential parts of the uniform. Cleats provide a combination of support, traction, and overall comfort – all factors that can impact game performance.  

Just like your helmet, football shoulder pads and protective gear are key pieces of football equipment to support a player's long-term health and durability.  

Expert tip: Whether playing in college or youth sports, football positions matter when selecting your protective gear. For example, if you or your student athlete plays wide receiver, look for shoulder pads that are lightweight and have a deeper cut, allowing for optimal range of motion and mobility.

Next “Little Man” Up: Equipment for Youth Football Leagues

For younger athletes who are new to the sport, choosing the right equipment can be a challenge. Find the best selection of youth football gear and equipment for kids that optimize safety and performance on game days (including cleats, gloves and shoulder pads) from top-quality brands like Nike, adidas, and Under Armour.

When looking for football helmets for kids, keep in mind youth-sized helmets are a must since adult-sized helmets won’t fit properly on children. Shop from brands like Schutt Youth, Riddell Youth and more to find youth football helmets and accessories that will keep your future Pro Bowler in the lineup, healthy, and having fun on the football field.