My Youth Soccer Guide

My List of Online Soccer Stores
Reliable, Reputable, Secure and Safe

There are probably as many online soccer stores as types of soccer cleats.

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  • This made me realize that finding valuable, respectful and reliable place to buy soccer equipment could be as hard as choosing one properly.

    Therefore I've created a list of online soccer stores that I've experienced doing business with and know they are secure sites with quality merchandise and customer service.

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    World Soccer Shop

    Full line soccer equipment store with one of the biggest selections on the Internet.
    Replica Jerseys from almost 200 teams including over 60 national team jerseys.
    Shop by country, team or league.
    Soccer cleats from every brand: Adidas, Nike, Puma, Diadora, Umbro, Joma, Kelme, Lotto, Nomis, Reebok and Hummel.
    Easy to navigate. Within each brand you can search by:
  • Cleats for FG, HG, SG,
  • Shoes for Indoor or Artificial Turf,
  • Shoes for Junior (youth) or Women,
  • Training and Leisure Shoes and Sandals.

    The store's inventory includes also:
    shin guards, balls, bags, cups and heads, socks, t-shirts, coaching and referee's gear, DVDs and books, gift and memorabilia and other soccer accessories.

    RETURN POLICY: 30 days. Refund doesn't include shipping costs, only merchandise...unless there is an error on their part. Learn more

    SHIPPING: Within the US from $4.99 (orders less than $10 with ground delivery) to $26.86 (order between $200-$250 and next day delivery). Internationally to Canada, Europe and Pacific, Asia and South America from $20, $35 and $45 respectively. Learn more

    SECURITY: Secured SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption technology. Learn more

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    Eurosport Soccer Probably the most known site of all online soccer stores. The site offers huge inventory of soccer gear. I am not going to list what they sell, because they have everything what's related to soccer. If you can't find it anywhere else, you'll probably find it here.
    Easy to navigate. Shop by brand, gender, style, model etc.

    RETURN POLICY: 30 days. Refund doesn't include shipping costs, only merchandise...unless there is an error on their part.

    SHIPPING: Most of the time, the rates are exactly the same as World Soccer Shop's.

    SECURITY: Secured SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption technology.

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    WeGotSoccer.com

    WeGotSoccer.com Online soccer store based on retail store Gotshalk's Soccer in Raynham Massachusetts that offers wide selection of soccer equipment. It's biggest department, soccer shoes, is grouped by cleats, indoor and turf, women's, youth, sandals and cleats for SG.

    Other gear, like balls, bags, shin guards, jerseys and apparel, goalkeeper and referee gear and some training and field equipment could be looked up by type, gender or manufacturer.

    RETURN POLICY: 30 days. Learn more

    SHIPPING: Within the US by UPS from about $10 for orders up to $20 (It's a little bit high, if you ask me). For international delivery you need to contact them via email. Learn more

    SECURITY: Secured SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption technology, verified by ControlScan.com.

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    Paragon Sports Retail store in New York City that sells all sporting goods online as well. It offers a pretty decent selection of soccer cleats (men, women and youth), shin guards and jerseys (only in men's sizes).
    Soccer cleats are usually the "older" models, sometimes harder to find anywhere else, mostly made by Adidas and Nike.
    It also provides soccer balls, socks, bags, hats and goalie gloves, but in very limited amount.

    RETURN POLICY: 30 days. Refund doesn't include shipping costs, only merchandise...unless there is an error on their part.

    SHIPPING: Only in the US.



    SECURITY: Secured SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption technology by VeriSign. Hacker Safe Company also scans the site for the highest security standards.

    NOTE: the shipping charges I've posted here are for only one reason...to give you an idea what to expect. The shipping costs may vary time to times, so before you make a purchase from any of these online soccer stores, make sure you examine them carefully at their web sites.

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    Shoebuy.com Probably the largest shoe web site on the Internet. ShoeBuy sells many types of soccer shoes, mostly made by Adidas. You can browse by gender, by category or by brand names.

    FREE SHIPPING and 110% PRICE GUARANTEE:
    They offer Free shipping within the US and 110% price guarantee. But don't get too excited yet…shipping cost is usually calculated into the price of their merchandise. Therefore prices of soccer shoes are always (well, most of the time) higher than anywhere else. They are higher by average shipping cost...it's not a surprise, is it?

    But it's still worth to check their prices and compare with others (after calculating the shipping cost), especially because of their 110% price guarantee.
    If you find a product for a lower price on another website, they will refund you 110% of the difference between the lower price and Shoebuy's price. They'll even refund the difference if they lower the price at Shoebuy.com!

    Catch: you have only 10 days.

    RETURN POLICY: 60 days. ShoeBuy will provide you with pre-paid shipping label, so there is no cost to you.

    SECURITY: Secured SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption technology.


    Sporting Goods Stores

    The Sports Authority Shop for Soccer Gear at MCSports.com DicksSportingGoods.com GSI Commerce- FogDog Sports
    Sports Authority MC Sports Dick's Sports FogDog Sports

    All four are very well known sporting goods stores with a large inventory of soccer equipment and soccer related merchandise. They all match each other's policies, selections, promotions and prices (at least most of the time). Besides Dick's Sporting Goods' better navigation/search options, they are almost identical, only with different names and templates.

    SHIPPING: Only in the US. Often, they offer free shipping on selected items. Otherwise the shipping cost is dependant on the weight and shipping method you choose. Your total shipping charges will automatically compute during checkout prior to the completion of your order.

    RETURN POLICY: 30 days. In general refund doesn't include shipping costs, only a full price of the merchandise...unless there is an error on their part. However, they frequently advertise many items with free shipping return option.


    My Soccer Store

    Well, I only wish it was mine. I set it up in association with Amazon.com.Therefore, Amazon supplies all the soccer equipment available in the store.

    Actually that's not so bad, since their inventory is huge. You'll find there everything, from soccer memorabilia to soccer cleats, balls, shinguards, apparel, books, magazines, DVDs and many more. Very often you can take advantage of great specials on many items as well as free shipping options (almost every order over $25 is shipped free).

    Since Amazon is one of the most reputable and recognizable companies on the net, you are guaranteed that your shopping experience will be secure and safe.

    Due to technical limitation searching My Soccer Store is not as sophisticated as in above stores. Especially browsing by categories. But you can locate the merchandise by entering a product's name, type, model or whatever that is you are looking for, into a Search Box located on the right-top corner. You can also view the entire inventory page by page.

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    Tips and Strategies

    Here is an article from Privacy Rights Clearinghouse that provides great tips about shopping online. You should read it, especially if you are not comfortable yet and still skeptical with shopping on the Internet in general.

    Five-step strategy to find the best deals available at online soccer stores

    Number one: buy it from whoever has the lowest price.

    Brilliant strategy, isn't it?
    Just kidding...of course that's an obvious.
    I am back to being serious now...

    Here it is the strategy I use while shopping online for soccer gear. Perhaps "strategy" is too big of a word for this, it's just simply my approach or method that always works pretty good for me.

    1. Visit all the above sites (or any other that you know of) to locate the product you are interested in.
      I start from "the big guns", Eurosport and World Soccer Shop. It usually sets up the standards for me. Then I check the rest of the vendors.

    2. Write down the sites that have the product you are searching for and its prices. Don't forget to include other charges, if applicable (shipping, taxes etc.)

    3. Look for alternatives (different color, design etc.)
      Often, some items with limited inventory (i.e. only few sizes to choose from) are discounted.

    4. Compare the results, pick your best option and if you are comfortable with the company, proceed to a checkout.
      If not, investigate, if the company is safe, secure, reliable, reputable etc. by following the advice from Privacy Rights Clearinghouse's article…or mine.

    5. Look for other incentives, if the total charges are all the same. It happens often.
      See if there is anything that would make you want to buy from this store more than the other i.e. discount coupon for the next time, buy one item get the second for 50%, free no-hassle return policy.

    Tip! If ShoeBuy is one of the stores that have the item you need (obviously it has to be a pair of shoes), buy it from them.
    Why?
    Because they offer 110% price guarantee. Within ten days of your purchase, if you find a better deal for the same item somewhere else (or at Shoebuy), they will refund you 110% of the difference.

    Let's say that you bought Adidas Predator Pulse from World Soccer Shop for $120. Then one week after, you found out that Sports Authority placed exactly the same cleats on sale for $89. What a bummer.

    Of course, you can return the new cleats back to World Soccer Shop and make a new purchase from Sports Authority. True. But remember, most of the online soccer stores will not refund the shipping cost. And what if you already used the new cleats and they won't accept them...

    Had you bought the cleats from ShoeBuy, you'd simply point them out to the sale page and get your refund.
    Note that, "shipping charges, promotions, and taxes, if any, will be included when calculating the price difference".

    Also they offer the best Return Policy (60 days and no shipping cost).

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