A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Wear Soccer Socks Like a Pro

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Written by Daniel Pena, Bachelors in Kinesiology and footballer: Learn More

If you are wondering how to wear soccer socks, then stop what you are doing and finish reading this blog to find out how.

The beautiful game isn’t just a sport; it’s a lifestyle and every piece of equipment contributes to a player’s performance and style, from the jersey to the cleats, and of course, your soccer socks.

One of the most important things to remember when wearing soccer socks is that you must wear long socks that match the rest of your team and that completely cover your shin guards, regardless of what position you play.

Socks can go either below or above your knee and in this comprehensive guide, we’ll break down the steps on how to wear soccer socks like a pro.

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Why Soccer Socks Are Important

Soccer socks are important because they cover your shin guards and help hold them in place to protect you from any potential kicks to the shin bone. They are also an essential piece of equipment if you want to play competitively or in official matches, since you have to wear matching socks with the rest of your team.

For example, if your team uniform has black socks, every player has to wear black socks and without them players are not allowed to play. The right pair of socks also offer support, help prevent blisters, and limit how much your feet slide inside the cleats, giving your cleats a more responsive feel.

Socks can also help provide slight ankle support and protection, although, of course, they will not do too much against a strong hit. With that being said I would much rather get hit on the ankle or shin over even a thin pair of socks as opposed to being hit without wearing any socks at all.

how to wear soccer socksChoosing Between Grip Socks and Regular Soccer Socks

Now that you know why soccer socks are important, let’s discuss the different kinds of socks, grip socks and regular long soccer socks.

With enhanced traction and stability, grip socks can provide a crucial edge over regular socks, especially during quick turns and sudden maneuvers on the field. Grip socks are designed to stick closely to your foot, minimizing slippage within your cleats, preventing blisters, and ensuring maximum contact with the playing surface.

With that being said, this does not mean that all grip socks are better than regular socks and it all comes down to personal preference which is why it is important to try out different socks and find what works best for you.

You may be able to find some grip socks that are long, and you may not need to cut any parts of the sock, however, most grip socks are crew socks and will require cutting socks. Let’s now discuss how to wear soccer socks like a pro.

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Proper Way to Wear Soccer Socks like a Pro

Wearing soccer socks is very simple and all you really have to do is slide them on your feet, make sure they are covering your shin guards, secure them, and you are ready to go train and improve your soccer skills.

However, if you are looking to wear your socks like a pro, then there are some extra steps to take. If you have ever seen a soccer player with cut socks, or with grip socks under their team socks, then that is exactly what we are going to teach you how to do today.

Before we start these are the materials you will need:

Cut your Team Socks:

Grab your scissors and cut your team socks at the ankle part so that you are left with the foot part and the long shin part. If you don’t want to cut any socks, or don’t want to deal with loose threads, you can purchase some pre-cut soccer socks to skip this step.

Put on Your Grip Socks:

Now, grab your pair of grip socks, or other high quality socks, slide them on, and pull them all the way up to your shins.

Insert the Shin Guards:

Once your grip socks are in place, put your shin guards under your grip socks, so they are in between your shin and and the grip socks.

Put on your cut soccer socks:

Now that you have your grip socks and your shin guards on you can put the long shin part of the cut sock on, or pre cut socks. Slide this on and pull it up either past your knees or just below your knees, this part is up to you.

Secure your socks and shin guards

Now that you have your grip socks, shin guards, and pre-cut socks on, you can use shin guard sleeves, straps, or athletic tape to help hold everything in place.

Put on your soccer cleats

Now it is time to put on your soccer cleats and move on to the final step.

Final Check:

For this final step make sure everything is comfortable and secure so that nothing is sliding around, or falling off, while you are playing. This step is crucial for allowing you to stay focused and not have to worry about fixing your equipment during a game or training session.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do football socks go over or under shin guards?

Shin guards are meant to go under your socks and they do not go above them.

Do soccer socks go above or below the knees?

When it comes to soccer socks the most important rule is that they must be covering your shin guards. This means that it is up to you whether you want the remainder of the sock above or below your knee.

There is no right or wrong and you can see professional soccer players wearing their socks either way, about two inches below or above the knee.


In conclusion, knowing how to wear shin guards and match socks properly is very important for any player who wants the most comfort and security from their protective gear. Younger players especially have to make sure that they are wearing everything properly to avoid injuries and stay safe during gameplay.

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