While there's a lot of individual expression and even fashion involved in today's choices, the fundamentals are still safety and performance. For example, loose fitting gear and old equipment can be dangerous. It can also result in a lack of confidence in performance.
I remember the case of a little girl whose boots were the wrong size, too big. She ended up kicking the ground and not the ball. After she came back from her injury (hyper extended ankle ligaments), she wouldn't kick a ball, only run around accompanying her friends on the field. Let's protect our youth by making sure they have a positive experience.
Soccer Shoes (cleats)
The interesting thing about cleats is that they are one of the only part of personal equipment that is unique. Other than hair styles the cleats and sometimes shin guards make the player unique and stand out in a crowd.
I have a full page on this topic, with lots of advice here.
Understanding that quality matters is the key to choosing a good pair of shin guards.
Children (5-10) should have lots of ankle and Achilles tendon coverage.
Make sure that resources, like fitting charts, are available for a specific product.
Everybody has the "best", but what is the best for you and your specific situation? To help you make an informed decision, find out how to buy the right shin guards, what materials to look for, and how to determine the correct size.
Why settle for second best when you are developing a quality product, the future soccer player?
For information on soccer jerseys go to this page.
Also known as bibs and pinnies, practice shirts should be an age appropriate size, be able to cover the complete top and most important, be easy to put on and take off. Yes that's right, large and loose and definitely "COOL".
I recommend very light and portable goals.
Make sure that you check all your equipment before all practice sessions. This is the same principle you use on game day.
Check the fields for problem areas, nets and goals for stability...etc.
In other words, anything that can affect your team, players and the game should be taken care of. Mention these concerns to the games officials and other team or teams.
Always look for additional resources, like parks board officials or grounds-keepers. Don't settle for second best or temporary solutions to a "real" problem.
Remember FUN is the name of the game.