Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes preparing for a World Cup match? Well, U.S. Soccer is giving us an inside look at what it’s like to be the equipment manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team.
It turns out that every single detail down to the substitution bib must be properly regulated by FIFA. In order to prevent non-ambiguous color clashing, FIFA prefers a white jersey versus a darker color. This means that Team USA will don their red, white and blue away kits for their opening match against Ghana and their white kits for the following matches against Portugal and Germany.
Besides the uniform stipulations, another thing the equipment manager has to worry about is the weather. With three days of continuous downpour in advance of today’s match versus Ghana, prepartation will play a key role in the team’s success. In order to be prepared for all weather scenarios, U.S. equipment operations manager Jesse Bignami keeps a small tool box with hundreds of different sized studs at 11, 13 and 15 millimeters long.
Checkout the full article over at U.S. Soccer to see what else goes into match-day preparation and keep it with Sneaker Report during the World cup for all news regarding the U.S. Men’s National Team.