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Football Buying Guide

Football fans, kids, and recreational players love tossing around the old pigskin. You'll find thousands of football jerseys and football uniforms for players and fans on eBay Canada. Show your passion for the game and your team with pro helmets, college helmets, hats, jackets, jerseys, shirts, and other team apparel. And be sure to equip yourself with the right protective football gear before kickoff.

Find the Right Size Football

Find the Right Size Football

Companies such as Wilson, Franklin, Spalding, and Rawlings produce leather and synthetic leather footballs designed for players of different ages.

Fotball Age(years) League

Foam footballs

Under 6


K2 footballs



TDJ/Junior footballs


Pop Warner

TDY footballs



Collegiate footballs

14 and older


Official football

14 and older


Always buy mini footballs for children so they can properly develop their throwing technique. Move on to larger footballs when their hands grow. Also, know that NCAA footballs are slightly smaller and more rounded than official NFL footballs, making them easier to throw and catch.

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Shield Your Head With a Football Helmet

Shield Your Head With a Football Helmet

Youth football helmets and adult football helmets from companies such as Riddell and Wilson come in a variety of sizes to fit different size heads.

To determine your head size, dampen your hair slightly to simulate sweat and measure the circumference of your head one inch above your eyebrows.

When shopping on eBay, narrow your search by using the size number as a keyword.

Football helmet air systems

Air system liners built into many football helmets can take more of a beating than foam padding. They also have more adjustment options for added comfort.

Football helmet padding

Foam pads in the back of your helmet support and protect your head. When they get worn down or discoloured from sweat, replace them with new pads designed for your football helmet. Make sure they meet National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) standards for thickness.

Helmet chin straps

Chin straps keep the football helmet anchored to your head and protect your chin. If you prefer a different style, you can buy replacement straps. Just make sure the chin strap remains centered on your chin, holding your helmet firmly in place.

Face masks

Football helmets may come with or without a face mask. The position you play helps determine your protection needs. Also consider how a mask will affect your field of vision. The following abbreviations indicate protection levels.

  • OPO: Oral Protection Only.

  • JOP: Jaw and Oral Protection.

  • NOPO: Nose and Oral Protection Only.

  • NJOP: Nose, Jaw, and Oral Protection.

  • EGOP: Eye Glass and Oral Protection.

You may also see the following abbreviations for face mask styles on eBay.

  • DW: Double Wire Configuration.

  • SW: Single Wire Configuration.

  • R: Reinforced.

  • UB: U-Bar Attached.

  • SK: Skill Position Players.

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Bulk Up With Shoulder Pads

Bulk Up With Shoulder Pads

Select the appropriate shoulder pads for your size and position. To determine your football shoulder pad size, follow these simple steps:

1. Stand up with your arms at your sides.

2. Have someone measure across your back from shoulder blade to shoulder blade.

3. Round up half an inch

Typical sizes and back measurements include:

Size Back measurement


12 to 13 inches


13 to 14 inches


14 to 15 inches

Youth Medium

15 to 16 inches

Youth Large

16 to 17 inches

Adult Medium

17 to 18 inches

Adult Large

18 to 19 inches


19 to 20 inches


20 to 21 inches


21 to 22 inches


22 to 23 inches


24 inches or more

To get the proper fit for youth players, take chest size and weight into account. Sellers may list these measurements in their item listings.

Buy football shoulder pads by position

Aside from general sizing, purchase shoulder pads designed for athletes playing a specific position.

  • Quarterbacks, place kickers, and punters: Consider lightweight shoulder pads that stay in place and don’t affect line of sight or head movement. Quarterbacks who do a lot of running may want protective pads designed for running or defensive backs.

  • Backs and receivers: Look for lightweight pads that can take hits without restricting movement.

  • Fullbacks, linebackers, and tight ends: Consider plated front pads that are more likely to stay in place after a hit.

  • Linemen: Look for shoulder pads with few flaps for other players to grab and vinyl buckles that hold the pads in place.

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Pad Your Body for Football

Pad Your Body for Football

In addition to shoulder pads, buy football pads to protect other areas of your body.

  • Collar pads and neck rolls: Protect your collarbone with collar pads and a neck roll.

  • Rib vests and rib protectors: Keep your rib cage and lungs out of harm's way by wearing a rib vest and rib protectors.

  • Forearm pads: Linemen wear forearm pads to shield their arms and hands, which get pounded when blocking and tackling.

  • Gloves: Linemen should buy heavily padded gloves to give their hands even more coverage. Receivers, running backs, and defensive backs should get flexible, soft gloves that have some tackiness.

  • Hip pads and tailbone pads: Every player should protect their hips and tailbone. Buy a girdle to hold your hip pads and tailbone pads in place and make sure they match your uniform.

  • Thigh pads: Place thigh pads in your football pants and take hits and tackles like the pros.

  • Knee pads: Slide knee pads into the pockets of your football pants.

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Select Football Cleats that Fit

Select Football Cleats that Fit

Football requires fleet footwork. Buy the right footwear to get the job done. Companies such as Nike, Adidas, Pony, Reebok, and Mizuno produce cleats in different types, styles, and materials.

Football cleat sizing

Buy football cleats that match your shoe size for the most comfortable fit.

Types of football cleats

You'll find molded cleats and detachable cleats on eBay.

  • Molded cleats: Players who use turf fields often choose molded rubber cleats, which get a better grip on harder surfaces.

  • Detachable cleats: Versatile detachable football cleats work in various field conditions, especially grass.

Football cleat styles

Football cleats come in three different heights to satisfy different needs and preferences.

  • High-top football cleats: High-top football cleats provide extra ankle support for lateral movements and are often used by linemen.

  • Mid-cut football cleats: Mid-cut football cleats combine maneuverability with support, making them the preferred style for most skill players.

  • Low-cut football cleats: Low-cut football cleats are your best bet if you favor the lightest shoe with the most maneuverability.

Cleat materials

Football cleats can be made of leather or a synthetic material.

  • Leather cleats: Durable, flexible, and comfortable leather football cleats breathe easily.

  • Synthetic cleats: Inexpensive synthetic football cleats make a great choice for kids and student athletes who will outgrow their football cleats regularly.

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Find Football Equipment on eBay

Find Football Equipment on eBay

Once you know what type of football gear you need, go to the Sporting Goods portal, click Football, and start searching for item listings on eBay.

  • Categories: The Categories list on the left side of each page will help you narrow down your listings by item type. You'll find links for Apparel & Footwear, Protective Gear, Balls, and Other Items. As you dig deeper into the site, you'll also be able to narrow down your choice by specific item type.

  • Keyword search: Search eBay title listings for specific words. For example, if you want to find a leather NFL football, type "NFL ball leather" (without quotation marks) into the Search box. Click "Search title and description" to expand your results. Visit eBay's Search Tips page for more tips on searching with keywords.

If you can't find exactly what you want, try shopping at eBay Stores, tell the eBay Community what you want by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay and eBay will email you when a match becomes available.

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Buy Football Gear with Confidence

Buy Football Gear with Confidence

Before making your purchase, make sure you know exactly what you're buying, research your seller, and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.

Know your purchase

Carefully read the details in item listings.

  • Figure delivery costs into your final price. If you spend a lot of money, make sure the seller will insure the item when it ships.

  • If you want more information, ask by clicking the "Ask seller a question" link under the seller's profile.

  • Always make sure to complete your transaction on eBay (with a bid, Buy It Now, or Best Offer). Transactions conducted outside of eBay are not covered by eBay protection programs.

  • Never pay for your eBay item using instant cash wire transfer services through Western Union or MoneyGram. These payment methods are unsafe when paying someone you do not know.

Know your seller

Research your seller so you feel positive and secure about every transaction.

  • What is the seller's Feedback rating? How many transactions have they completed? What percentage of positive responses do they have?

  • What do buyers say in their Feedback? Did the seller receive praise?

  • Most top eBay sellers operate like retail stores and have return policies. Do they offer a money-back guarantee? What are the terms and conditions?

Buyer protection

In the unlikely event that a problem arises during your transaction, eBay and PayPal are there for you.

  • Pay safely with PayPal: PayPal enables you to pay without the seller ever seeing your bank account or credit card numbers. In fact, PayPal protects buyers 100% against unauthorized payments from their accounts. Plus, with PayPal Buyer Protection, your purchase can be covered up to C$1,250.

  • eBay Security & Resolution Centre: Visit the Security & Resolution Centre to learn how to protect your account and use eBay's quick and efficient resolution tools.

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