Advice

What Tapes Do Football Players Use?

What Tapes Do Football Players Use? - SPORTTAPE

At any level of Football, pretty much every player on the field will be wearing some form of tape during the game. Most of the time, you can spot them on players socks or limbs, but sometimes they’re discreetly hidden away.
I can GUARANTEE you that whether you prefer HAALAND, SALAH or even DOMINIC SOLANKE, they’re ALL using football tape in some form or another. BUT, as with all tapes, there is no one size that fits all. They use different tapes for different purposes and a lot of it is down to personal preference.
This is YOUR ultimate guide to FOOTBALL TAPE. Read on socceroo.

The 4 most common tapes in Football are:

1. SOCK TAPE

2. SOCK WRAP/COHESIVE

3. ZINC OXIDE TAPE

4. KINESIOLOGY TAPE
What tape you wear will depend on exactly what you’re trying to achieve through taping. Let’s look at each in turn…

SOCK TAPE

SOCKTAPE being applied

Anyone that’s played a game of football knows that your socks aren’t staying up for a whole game without some help. Capitalise on the reliable nature of SPORTTAPE SOCK TAPE to hold up your team socks.
Our Sock Tape is made from a PVC specially chosen for use in sport. It stretches to 175%, allowing space for muscle expansion beneath the tape when playing. This prevents over-compression that can reduce blood flow known as ‘torniquet’.
Simply wrap the sock tape around your upper calf a few times, and then fold the top of the sock back over. Boom. 

COHESIVE SOCK WRAP

red sock wrap

Many football players now choose to cut the feet off their team socks in order to wear their own ankle socks. These ‘grip’ socks have small dots along the bottom of the sock that give better traction within the boot. This stops the foot from moving within the boot, improving the feel on the ball and increasing stability when making quick changes of direction.
You can use SOCK WRAP to bridge the gap between the top of the ‘grip’ sock and the bottom of your cut-off team sock, creating the illusion of a single sock. This also helps to keep the bottom of the shin pad in place.
Sock Wrap is a more effective choice as it's wider and has no glue, meaning it can be re-used game-after-game and is kinder on any area of exposed skin.

ZINC OXIDE TAPE

zinc oxide tape on ankle

ZINC OXIDE TAPE is the ONLY choice if you need to immobilise an area. It is a non-stretch tape that provides unrivalled support. Choose the TAN/BROWN version for the highest tensile strength.
Because of it’s tensile strength, the most common use of Zinc Oxide Tape is to support joints such as the ankle, knee and shoulder. You won’t usually see it on show though – it’s usually hidden by a sock or jersey.

KINESIOLOGY TAPE

scoring a goal with tape

Use KINESIOLOGY TAPES to aid movement. When applied, it stretches and moves with the body. This provides dynamic support and can help to ease pain and reduce swelling. You’ll often see these tapes in bright colours stuck to the leg of your favourite football player.
Because they are used for neural feedback, they are the number one choice for muscle injuries.
And that’s it! Now you know exactly what tape to pick for every situation out there on the pitch, whether you’re a poacher like Jamie Vardy, or a shot-stopper like Bernd Leno.
PLEASE NOTE – Current football regulations state that any tape worn should be the same colour as the socks. So make sure that when you buy your football tape that it matches the colour of your kit! Luckily for you, SPORTTAPE Sock Tape and Sock Wrap is available in multiple colours to match your team's kit.

Reading next

The SPORTTAPE Guide to Pre Tapes - SPORTTAPE
How To Use Strapping - 5 Steps to Taping Greatness - SPORTTAPE