The 18 Best Gifts For Soccer Players And Fans
If you're like us, perhaps you're not the most on-top-of-it gift giver in the world. Perhaps it's a few days before the holidays. Perhaps your nephew's birthday is coming up in a hurry and you need something – anything – for him. Well, don't worry. We've got you covered. So long as what you're looking for is a list of the best soccer gifts money can buy. If not you've come to the wrong place, friend, and we wish you the best of luck in your search.
If you are looking for a guide to this season's best soccer-themed gifts, look no further. We assembled a crack team of soccer-loving reviewers to identify gifts we would buy for ourselves if we were in the habit of buying ourselves gifts. Which we are not, because that would be sad. But it is most certainly not sad to buy soccer gifts for other human beings. Unless you buy the wrong gifts. And we've already established these are the right gifts to consider purchasing.
You should know (mainly because a few of us are big on ethics and such) that if you happen to like one of the gifts on this list (you will) and click on one of the Amazon links to buy said gift (you should), we may receive a small payment. And, seriously, it will be small. Unless you buy, like, 100 of the foosball tables listed at number 17 on this list. Which we hope you do. Because we like foosball.
Happy gift giving.
This ball is smaller than regulation size, so it’s perfect for hammering around the house in the dead of night. If you’ve accumulated one too many stubbed toes while using your kitchen as the Theater of Dreams, take it out to the driveway and stay active in the nice weather.
While everyone else is asleep, you're busy training and getting better. Cristiano Ronaldo would approve.
The Manchester United “Class of ’92” has been immortalized in film and writing, it’s the FA Youth Cup winning team that included the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.
However, those players had a contemporary who was widely believed to be the greatest of them all, Adrian Doherty. But Doherty never played for Manchester United — a series of injuries destroyed the career of the eccentric footballer.
A finalist for the 2016 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award, this is his story.
So, G-Form sent us these shin guards and asked us to review them in our Holiday Gift Guide. We were skeptical. But here’s the thing: they’re nice. Lightweight, flexible, mostly shin-covering. They’re noteworthy in that they’re soft, but harden on contact (and you can make whichever innuendos you want out of that little piece of information). If you're curious, here's more information about the technology.
They’re also $65. To be honest, we didn’t know shin guards could cost that much. We’ve never spent more than, like, $15 on shinguards. But these are nicer than normal shin guards, and one of our reviewers even scored a goal off his shin while wearing them.
For the times when you simply don’t have enough energy to train and workout with your ab roller, you’re going to need to sleep. It’s unfortunate, but it’s also a crucial component in your ab recovery plan. You’re not going to be able to shred those abdominal walls again until you get some much needed rest and relaxation.
For sleepy time, it just doesn’t get any better than “the most comfortable blanket on the planet.” 84% acrylic, 16% polyester, 100% good-looking: the CR7 portrait blanket combines style and comfort on a level that was previously only reserved for Crocs.
Whether you choose to go Ronaldo-in or Ronaldo-out is up to you.
Education is important for us at The18. Soccer education, that is.
ESPN’s 30 for 30 series is as good as it gets when it comes to sports documentaries, and their “Soccer Stories” series is brilliant. You’ll cry your eyes out while watching “Hillsborough,” and “Ceasefire Massacre.” You’ll be in awe watching Maradona and Mane Garrincha in “Maradona ’86” and The Myth of Garrincha.” The 8 episode disc pack should keep you busy for a day.
We originally found this beautiful Real Madrid fanny-pack in the “for her” section of Real Madrid’s online store. For her.
Just picture it: you and your special lady are opening presents. You dim the lights and take a box out from its hiding place under the far side of the tree. “Here baby, open this one next,” you say in your most romantic voice. She giggles as she slowly unwraps the box and finds: a Real Madrid fanny pack.
You need two things if you’re going to get this: a special lady who’s an absolute Real Madrid fanatic and a better present to give her immediately after.
Only get this if your dog is a Liverpool supporter. If your dog is a supporter of some other team, get that team’s dog hoodie for your dog.
Don’t assume your dog supports the same team as you. This type of mix-up happens all the time and dogs HATE it. Use context clues to figure out which club your dog likes. For example, if your dog is really aggressive on Twitter, it probably likes Arsenal. If your dog has a weird persecution complex, it probably likes Liverpool. If your dog wears glasses that don’t have lenses and is into really obscure Indy bands, it probably likes St. Pauli FC. If your dog is generally happy all the time, it probably isn’t a soccer fan and you should get it something else.
If you determine your dog is a Liverpool fan, you can get the Liverpool dog hoodie here.
Show your soccer pride with our apparel designed for players and fans. We have a wide range of gear designs that will help you express your soccer passion. Our “Beauty Is A Beast” collection celebrates the strong, confident, graceful athletes of women’s soccer, and proceeds go towards a women’s scholarship fund. Feeling Irish? Show your pride with our “Celtic Field” design and let everyone you live the game with our “Eat, Sleep, Play Soccer” t-shirt. Take The18 with you everywhere you go by rocking some of our gear.
The Ideal Sure Shot Soccer Tabletop Game is the “ideal” way to distract your kids and keep them busy. Or have some fun yourself. The miniature soccer table is designed for fast action fun. Inside the box you will receive the tabletop field, 4 goalposts, 2 soccer nets, 2 soccer balls, 2 goal keepers along with the rest of their teammates. It might not be the most realistic game, but it’s the perfect game to keep the little ones occupied!
Boldly designed, high gloss images that’ll make patrons of your bathroom or living room do a double-take; insightful and memorable contributions from some of the world’s best writers and all for the low price of $50 for a yearlong subscription — this quarterly is truly “the magazine the beautiful game deserves.”
Get yourself or your loved one a subscription here.
Addiction is a terrible thing.
But if you’re going to be addicted to something, it might as well be FIFA. And the latest installment from EA Sports doesn’t disappoint. The gameplay continues to improve year over year and, let's be honest, you don’t want to be the kid still gaming FIFA 2016. don’t be left in the dust and get yourself a copy of the most popular sports game in the world.
Is there anything more frustrating than being made the manager or coach of your rec league team? No-shows, unpaid fees, confusion over game times and locations can all add up to one truly forgettable experience. Wasn’t this supposed to be about having fun?
Thankfully, the folks over at TeamSnap have created an app designed to eradicate the hassle. Figuring out who’s in and who’s out for an upcoming game literally couldn’t be easier, it allows teammates to connect and quickly update each other, and, most importantly, you can quickly designate drink assignments for the season.
Stop suffering through an email chain that nobody bothers to open or with a Facebook group that’s been inactive for months now, TeamSnap is the future.
Full disclosure: TeamSnap is an advertising partner of The18. But several of us use the app and are fans.
Ah foosball, a game we all grew up playing whether it was waiting for a table at a restaurant or down in a friend’s basement.
The popular game just became more addicting (as if it wasn’t already). Thanks to Stuart Ross, we can bring the game with us wherever we go. The iPad foosball stand perfectly wraps around your iPad to bring the mini game to life. The updated game allows you to personalize your experience by customizing your team and field. Once you have the stand, all you have to do is download the Classic Match Foosball app and let the experience begin.
The app will not only keep track of your tournament play, but it will also provide a crowd to cheer you on as you kick your opponent’s ass. Let the game get as intense as you want, because the rubber feet on the table will keep all the action in one place. It’s the ultimate gift for a soccer fan, player, friend, family member, coworker, coach, teacher…really anybody. Buy it for your kids or for yourself. Just make sure you show everyone who’s boss.
Nice! You finally found the motivation to get up off your couch and get fit for the New Year. All you have to do is get dressed and gather your things and head out on that run you’ve been avoiding all week. Phone check, headphones check, keys check, wallet check, water check, stopwatch check, chapstick check. Suddenly, your hands are overflowing and things start falling to the floor. You are now contemplating not going on your run…
Level Terrain has the solution for you. It’s called FlipBelt. FlipBelt works like a fanny pack but is wayyyy more fashionable. The belt wraps around your waist and keeps your possessions tightly locked so you can run, hike, or workout without having to worry. The belt comes in 5 sizes and 9 different colors so you really have no reason not to add this to your holiday list. An active lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle so don’t let your personal possessions pull you down.
Spending time with your family? Want to get out of the house, but also want to drink in the presence of your own home?
The ultimate backyard game is here to bring your family closer together and get you outside. Grab your sister, cousin, grandpa or any family member and head outside with your Franklin Sports Backyard Foot Golf Set. No more complaining about spending quality time with the family, this game is fun and for ALL ages. It equally combines the game of soccer and golf but also gives you the freedom to create your own rules and make it your own personal game. The set includes 3 targets and 3 flags as well as a soccer ball and inflation pump. Purchase it and begin this holiday with a new family tradition that no one will want to turn down.
The perfect footwear gift for someone who needs shoes that cost hundreds of dollars just because their favorite athlete’s name is attached. This is the perfect gift to buy because nothing says “I care about you more than the typical human amount of caring” like casually dropping unreasonable amounts of money on loafers. Cristiano Ronaldo’s loafers, though.
If you really want to live and breath soccer 24/7, you simply must own a foosball table.
And, if you’re going to own a foosball table, there is only one way to go: Tornado. As avid foosballers here at The18 (we might play more than we work), we know a good foosball table when we see one, and Tornado tables are no joke. Remember, no spins unless you’re a noob, and be sure to let The18’s @samklomhaus know you’re better than him.
This is the ultimate game day experience for the ultimate footie fan. A trip to historical Manchester, England to see United play at Old Trafford — the Theater of Dreams. Are we going to be providing this dream vacay for you? Absolutely not.
If you’ve got fantasies of sitting in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand while watching the likes of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and PHIL JONES take it to the opposition, might we suggest April 29th’s visit of Bob Bradley’s Swansea City?
Book those flights now, and you can get a single roundtrip ticket for around $715. A stay in Manchester will cost you about $110 a night and the tickets for the match will cost you around $125 per-seat.
This’ll put a large dent in your pocket, but you’ll never do anything as remotely memorable for the rest of your days. We guarantee it.