Player removes shin pads after a football match

Guidance for Use of Shin Pads in Grassroots Football

Why shin pads must be worn in football and choosing the right shin pads for your child

Safety is a key consideration for our game and the Laws of the Game state that shin-guards/pads are a compulsory piece of equipment

Shin pads play an important role in injury prevention as they are intended to protect the shin from injury. The amount of shin physically covered is an important consideration, as any part of the shin that is not covered is not as well protected.

“Micro” or “Mini” shin pads may therefore increase the risk of injury due to the smaller amount of shin covered compared to larger sized shin pads.

We advise that when considering the protection offered by shin pads, safety is prioritised by ensuring a good proportion of the shin area is covered and therefore protected.

The materials used are also an important factor. Always look for a CE mark which means the shin guards achieve minimum standards. We suggest that shin pads not carrying such a mark should not be worn as they may present an increased risk of injury to players.

Please give these protection levels serious consideration when deciding what is the right shin pad for you or for your child.