During cold weather games and practices, players need to wear appropriate and safe clothing including extra garments under the jersey and shorts, knit hats, gloves, etc., to protect against cold and windy conditions.   It’s important that players be prepared for the cold because hypothermia can occur long before the temperatures fall below freezing. Symptoms of hypothermia can vary depending on the time one has been exposed to the cold, so be sure to prepare your child with the appropriate clothing to keep them warm

Step 1

Wear acompression pants or compression shorts and a compression shirt under your shorts and jersey. Compression clothing hugs your body, keeping it warm while wicking sweat away from your skin. According to the "Laws of the Game," undergarments worn under your jersey must match the color of your jersey and those worn under your shorts must match the color of your shorts.

Step 2

Wear your jersey and shorts over your compression clothing. According to the "Laws of the Game," you must wear shorts, not pants.  However, in youth soccer, safe long pants are often allowed by the refree in adverse weather conditions.

Step 3

Wear gloves and a knit hat to keep your extremities warm

Step 4

Stay dry!  Bring an extra set of soccer socks to keep on the sidelines. Change into these socks during halftime if your feet have become wet.  Make sure to have a wind breaker and/or rain gear to wear before games and on the bench to stay dry.

Step 5

Wear track pants and a jacket while on the sidelines. If you are sitting on the bench, wear a blanket to keep yourself extra warm.

Things You'll Need

  • Compression pants or shorts
  • Compression shirt
  • Jersey
  • Shorts
  • Two pairs of soccer socks
  • Gloves
  • Knit beanie
  • Track pants
  • Track jacket
  • Blanket