5 Products every soccer parent needs

After being a soccer parent and coach for more than a decade, I have researched and used just about every product available that might help make viewing a game more enjoyable and comfortable, as well as products to help players stay safe and develop.  Some of these products were epic fails, but others have been so impressive I want to share them with you.  All the items I mention were purchased by me and I have used them extensively.  I have included Amazon links for all the products in case you are interested in purchasing them.  So… here we go:

One frustrating part of being a soccer parent is how difficult it can be to catch great moments on camera.  Yes, we could all invest in a Nikon DSLR, or the latest Camcorder, but I have found that although these products will give you terrific results, there are many reasons I dislike using them.  They are not weather-proof, they can be stolen when you are distracted, but the reason I don’t care for them is I can’t stand viewing a soccer game through a viewfinder.  In order to get great shots you need to zoom in on your child, when you do this you tend to miss much of the action away from your child and the general flow of the game.  So, like many of you I have tried to use my cellphone for recording those moments.  And, like many of you I have discovered that cell phones just don’t have the ability to zoom enough to capture those moments.  We’ve all seen those Facebook videos that people post in which you can’t even make out the player’s numbers, let alone see the action.

When I came across an ad for the Longruner 10 – 1 Lens kit I was very skeptical, yet intrigued.  It essentially is a lens you mount to the outside of your cell phone that brings the action closer to you.  It takes only a few seconds to clip it to your phone and the results are remarkable.  I was surprised by not only its ability to zoom, but the quality of the images.  No, you’re not going to take pictures or videos that win you awards, but it is more than capable of catching a memorable moment on a soccer field for Facebook or college recruiting video.  It comes with other lenses, a selfie stick, a little tripod and even a little remote.  All this for under $25!  All are quality items.  The telephoto lens can easily fit in your pocket and be pulled out whenever needed.  It seems to work with just about any phone, and I have tried it on Iphones as well as Samsung phones with great results.

The next soccer parent necessity is the Mambe Large Outdoor Blanket.  Being in the Midwest I have watched games in sideways rain, snowstorms and 30 degree temperatures.  I have seen parents using all sorts of blankets, tarps and even sleeping bags!  I was determined to find a product that would help in all those scenarios.  I came across the Mambe line of outdoor blankets.  Although they are more expensive than what you can get at WalMart, they are well worth the money.  They are waterproof, windproof, big and most importantly…warm!  The blanket has a soft fleece side to keep you cozy, as well as the black weatherproof side to keep you dry and warm.  When it rains you can even use it like a tarp, and when it’s nice you can put it on the ground like a picnic blanket for your kids to enjoy.  I also like that the weatherproof side is black, which is great for absorbing the heat of the sun on cold days.  It is machine washable and very well made.  It even comes in 10 different colors to match your team!  This blanket will last you for years and I wouldn’t be surprised if you get decades of use from it.

One item that fills the parent’s sideline are bag chairs.  They have become the staple of the soccer parent and they come in many shapes and sizes.  But… they also can be frustrating. The bags can be so tight that it’s nearly impossible to get the chair back in it.  The shoulder straps break, and of course most of the chairs are made of cheap materials and break easily.  The other frustration is simply the amount of sun we all get after a soccer weekend.  I have found the chair that fixes all that.  It’s the Quik Shade Adjustable Canopy Folding Chair.  Here is a terrific video that will give you an idea of its features.  


I want to mention that the chair, strap and bag are made with quality materials and well made.  It is oversized for comfort, but fairly light to carry.  I LOVE that the bag is also slightly oversized so getting the chair in and out of the bag is easy and it sets up as quick as any chair.  The biggest factor in my recommending this chair is the functionality of the canopy.  I can’t stress enough how great it is to be able to put the canopy in any position you want to block the sun, wind or rain.  The canopy has notches that help keep it in place and prevent the wind from catching it like a sail.  I can’t recommend this chair enough!

Thanks for taking the time to read my article.  I hope you found it helpful.  If you like any of the products please click on the Amazon link to purchase them.  Let me know if you agree with my recommendations or if you have suggestions of other items you would like me to review.

Thanks – SoccerHotSpot



  1. Maggie May 16, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Love your site. Well I think that chair is great and I want one. How do I get it?

    • Jon VanDuyn May 16, 2017 at 4:46 pm


      Thanks for checking out our site. You can find the Chair on amazon, link HERE

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