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Friday, 3 April 2009

adidas Men's Samba Classic Soccer Shoe

Adidas' legendary indoor shoe, the Samba Classic Soccer Shoe, features soft leather and a low-profile gum rubber outsole to give the elite player ultimate control. They also offer a full-grain leather upper for comfort and a soft feel, die-cut EVA for lightweight comfort. Better yet, they have a non-marking outsole for use on polished indoor surfaces.

Would you believe that you have different choices for soccer corner flags?

Different choices? Yes. But there is one thing standard about soccer corner flags. Their height. The standard height is 5 feet, or 60 inches, or 1.42 meters.

However, that is where the consistency of soccer corner flags ends. Let's look at what is available by working our way up from the ground:


There are different ways to secure the flags in the corners of your soccer field. The type of field will help to determine what type of base that you need.

  • Straight in screw type stake. Just stick it in the ground. Good for hard or soft ground. The only issue being that they can easily fall over if you run into them.
  • T-type stake. This provides two separate prongs shaped like the letter U to push into the ground. Will provide a little more stability than the single screw type.
  • Angled type stake. This provides a couple of inches of offset between where the stake is stuck in the ground, and where the pole starts its vertical rise. It allows the flag to be right on the corner, but the stake to be outside the field of play.
  • Spring loaded. Contains a spring at the base for added flexibility.
  • Hollow plastic base. Can be filled with water or sand so they stay put. Good for indoor and outdoor use.
  • Weighted base for fields where you cannot insert anything into the field.
  • Corner flags come in sets of 4 but can be purchased individually if you need to replace only 1 or 2. They can also be purchased in multiples of 4 if you need to outfit an entire soccer club or city soccer fields.

    The Pole

    Poles are usually made of plastic. There are 2 types of plastic that are normally used:

    • PVC plastic. Lightweight but breakable.
    • Acetate plastic. Will not break or shatter.

    Pole diameter can range from 1/2 inch right up to 1 1/2 inches for a World Cup quality corner flag set.

    Carrying full size corner flag poles can be a real pain sometimes, even if you have a corner flag carry bag. So most manufacturers offer 2 piece and 3 piece poles as well. These 2 and 3 piece poles come with an internal shock cord so the pieces never leave each other. You don't have to worry about losing a piece of the pole.

    Colorful Flags

    Flags are always either triangular or square in shape. The flags are always bright, even neon in color. They come in a variety of colors with the most common being:

    • Red.
    • Yellow.
    • Red and Yellow checkers.
    • Black and white checkers.
    • Red with a diagonal white stripe.

    Do you even remember what color your home field uses?

    Wayne MacLean has over 30 years of experience in the game of soccer. As a soccer coach, soccer player, soccer referee, and all-around soccer fan, Wayne is now adding a new dimension to his love of soccer. He now writes many articles and creates soccer videos to help those that are involved in soccer, are new to soccer, or just want to know more about soccer. Check out my Soccer Corner Flags page.

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