In the old days of soccer, you never saw any soccer player wearing gloves. Personal protective equipment consisted mainly of some form of head protection, shoulder pads, and cleats. That was all they needed. That being said, the game being played back then was very different than the game being played today. Today’s players are much bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic. The players have evolved as the game has, and with that, the team has to evolve to compensate for the players as well in order to keep them protected and performing the way they are expected to. Soccer gloves are one of the things that have been introduced to certain positions in the game.
When gloves were first introduced to the game, you would only see wide receivers and running backs wearing gloves. It made sense since all the players were sweating and had slippery hands and since the running back and wide receivers were the ones receiving the ball for most of the game, wearing gloves wasn’t all that uncommon. Since then, it seems like every position, down to quarterback, wears gloves that serve some purpose.
There are many types of gloves for football players, with the most common on running backs and wide receivers, but the other types would make up for defenders, linemen, and even some quarterbacks. That’s right, even quarterbacks. I think the first person in the NFL to play the quarterback position with football gloves was Kurt Warner. Many thought it was very weird, but it worked for him. Now, he’s headed for the NFL hall of fame one day, can you really blame him? Can’t.
Gloves for different positions are made differently, so deciding which are the best soccer gloves can be very difficult. You may be able to choose the best brand of gloves, but not write. Nike, Reebok, Under Armor and many more make quality gloves and they make a wide variety of types as well. Basically you have to find the ones that are best for you. For example, a lineman might have fingerless gloves, but with extra padding on top of the glove, to prevent hand injuries when going toe-to-toe with other linemen. The running back and wide receiver’s mitt can get a little sticky in the palm area, and that’s basically for better grip.