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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

RRP: £11.78-£38.34 | Colour: Black/White/White, Midnight Navy/White/White, University Red/White/White, Royal Blue/White/White, White/Black/Black

Classic design
Dry-fit technology
Still has the modern Nike feel
Limited colour options

The Nike Legend is pure nostalgia. 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 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

RRP: £15.61-£38.63 | Colour: Pink/Black

Retro Adidas design
Super classy look
Great feel to the shirt
Feels like quite a rehashed design now

Up against Nike's World Cup kit throwback, we've got Adidas's Campeon 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

RRP: £20.05 | Colour: Blue/white

Fantastic design
Traditional collar
Has a "Proper football" feel
Not as lightweight as the Nike and Adidas efforts

The Tempest is a classic option. 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

RRP: £249.99-£899.99 | Colour: White | Sizes: 12ft x 4ft, 12ft x 6ft, 16ft x 4ft, 16ft x 7ft, 18.5ft x 6.5ft, 21ft x 7ft, 24ft x 8ft, 3m x 2m, 6ft x 4ft

Range of sizes
Fairly portable
Excellent quality
Quite expensive

FORZA goals are fantastic. 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 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

RRP: £2,000 | Colour: White | Size: 24ft x 8ft

Very portable
UEFA and FA-approved
Supreme quality

There's always one guy who's a little bit more serious than everyone else in a casual kickabout - they tend to turn up with the Freestanding UEFA Box Goal.

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

RRP: £20 | Colour: Orange

Easy to install
Good quality
Carry case

The Sondico corner flag is a must-have. If you've got Roger Milla on your team, 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 Flight New Premier League ball 2020/21

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Nike Premier League Flight

This is the official Premier League ball - you need it!

RRP: £124.95 | Colour: White/red/black

Beautiful design
Honed over eight years and thousands of hours of testing
Grooves within the ball to make it fly
Becomes out of fashion very quickly

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

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.