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Best football equipment: kits, goals, corner flags, balls – everything you need for organising your own match

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All the football equipment you really need to play is a ball. That's why we love the game.

But if you're looking to put on a proper game with your mates, 11 against 11, getting some proper equipment does help. We're talking kits, corner flags, maybe some proper nets to avoid the confusion of which way past the post the ball just went. 

Check out our guide of what to buy if you're looking to put on your own match. We can't find you some mates to play with, but you're more than welcome to have a kickabout with us. 

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Nike Legend shirt

The 2002 World Cup shirt template: reimagined for park football

Classic design
Dry-fit technology
Limited colour options

Do you remember getting up at the crack of dawn to watch England play Brazil in Japan, in 2002? Do you remember getting your hopes up when Michael Owen scored, then the feeling of your heart dropping through your chest when Ronaldinho scored that flukey free kick?

If you can bear to kit your team out on the same design of that Brazil shirt, this Nike Legend jersey is a beautiful option for your side. It's the same template used by Portsmouth and Preston more recently. Just don't think about 2002. 

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Adidas Campeon shirt

Ball like Germany of 1990 - or Rodgers' Leicester - in this get-up

Retro Adidas design
Super classy look
Great feel to the shirt

Up against Nike's World Cup kit throwback, we've got Adidas's effort: the pattern that the company reworked for Germany's ill-fated campaign in Russia.

More recently it's been used by Leicester - in a bright pink shade - but Adidas also offer this design in black, white, red, grey and a beautiful navy. This is a seriously stylish option for your team. 

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Umbro Tempest shirt

A strong option from Umbro - if you want your team to be collared

Fantastic design
Traditional collar
Not as lightweight as the Nike and Adidas efforts

With recent kits for the likes of Bournemouth and Everton, Umbro has proved themselves to still be in the top tier when it comes to simple, effective design. This jersey is no different. 

With a defined collar and thick trim on the sleeve, this feels classic without going down the "let's reap retro kits" line. Your team will look awesome in this. 

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FORZA Alu60 Football Goals

It's a goal... and it comes in all shapes and sizes

Range of sizes
Fairly portable
Excellent quality

If you want to hold a proper football match, getting a proper net and posts isn't something you can afford not to invest in - honestly, your keeper will thank you for it.

These FORZA nets are considerably more expensive than a pair of jumpers but given that they're available in all sizes, there's an option there for everyone. Hey, why not buy a smaller one for your team and a bigger one for the opposition? Just remember to switch them when you swap sides at half time.

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Freestanding UEFA Box Goal

And it's another goal... this one comes on wheels

Very portable
UEFA and FA-approved
Supreme quality
Expensive

There's always one guy who's a little bit more serious than everyone else in a casual kickabout. 

If that's you and you have £4K to spend - £2K for each goal - then siding with the official goal supplier of the FA, which meets all UEFA regulation, might be your cup of tea. Unfortunately, we don't know how to produce that lovely "clang" sound that the Dortmund nets make when they ripple. 

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Sondico corner flag

Stop flagging and invest in some of these

Easy to install
Good quality

If you've got Roger Milla on your team, there's one piece of equipment you're forgetting: what's he going to dance around when he scores?

These corner flags are good quality, clear and visible to see and they come in a bag to pack away at the end of the match. You perhaps didn't know you needed these. 

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Nike Premier League 19/20 Strike Football

The pick of the Prem so you can ball with the best of them

Beautiful design
Huge panels for clean contact
Grooves within the ball to make it fly
Becomes out of fashion by August

OK - so what's left for this game? The most important thing of all.

If you want this to feel really official, there's no better way than to invest in the official Premier League ball. It's obviously the best quality ball on the market, it flies through the air - just ask Kevin de Bruyne - and the design is quite possibly the coolest that Nike have come up with for the Prem.

Of course, other balls are available - and we've covered them here.