Here is some excellent advice covering the selection and wearing of shin pads and below is a link with a document relating to how the matter is being handled by our local referees association.
We all know that the wearing of shin pads is compulsory. However, we often don't fully understand our obligations as players, coaches, managers and officials when it comes to thinking of the safety of ourselves and other players. Like the wearing of fluoro vests in factories, warehouses and building sites, the wearing of shin pads is taken for granted and often no -one really thinks about why they are being worn and what they should be doing.
As a result, players opt for comfort and often at the expense of protection. This season our local referees will be examining the situation more stringently than in past years and they will act to ensure that players are properly attired and have the necessary degree of protection from some of the injuries that can occur in relation to the lower leg.
Bigger means covering more of your shins…better protection – but less comfort. Smaller means less protection, more comfort
Definitely, in order to be able to play soccer to your potential, you can’t have too big shin guards.
Q: What is too big?
A: If a shin guard covers more than ¾ of your shin - it is too big.
If someone ever tells you that soccer shin guards should cover the entire length of your shin...
...neither he/she has ever played football nor he/she doesn’t know when the tibia (shinbone) starts and ends.
Remember - do not buy soccer shin guards that will cover your entire shin (up from the bottom edge of the knee cap-down to the top of the foot).
¾ of the length of the shinbone - this is the ultimate length of a soccer shin guard.
What if the shin guard is shorter than that?
According to FIFA rules there are no length limitations.
All it states is that shin guards “are covered entirely by the stockings; are made of a suitable material (rubber, plastic, or similar substances); provide a reasonable degree of protection”.
Just stick with the “3/4 of a length-rule” and you have the best combination of comfort and protection.
Tip! It is very simple to determine the right size of shin guards, actually the length of it.
Measure the length of your shin and then multiple by 0.75 (3/4-75%). The result is the maximum length of the shin guards you want to buy. That’s it.
Selecting soccer shin guards by sizes-small, medium, large could be confusing, because they differentiate from different manufacturers. So, if you buy shin guards in your local soccer store, make sure you have measuring tape with you.
If you want to buy them on Internet (cheaper), most of the online soccer stores specify the length of every shin guard.