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Soccer Headgear Ratings

A total of 22 soccer headgear that have been evaluated using the STAR evaluation system are included in the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings. Our impact tests evaluate a headgear's ability to reduce linear and rotational acceleration of the head resulting from head-to-head impacts a soccer player might see on the field. Headgear with more stars provide a reduction in concussion risk compared to headgear with less stars. Group ratings are differentiated by pre-determined thresholds.

For soccer headgear, we recommend any 4 or 5 star headgear. While there are some differences in impact performance within these groups, other factors such as cost, fit, coverage, and comfort should be considered when purchasing a headgear.

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: Best Available
: Very Good
: Good
: Adequate
: Marginal
: Not Recommended

A lower score offers better protection.

Cost shown is what we paid for the headgear at the time of testing.

See our test methodology.

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  • Storelli Exoshield

    Storelli Exoshield headgear

    Cost: $59.99

    Coverage: 56%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.16

  • Unequal Halo 2 (10 mm)

    Unequal Halo 2 (10mm) headgear

    Cost: $39.95

    Coverage: 46%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.23

  • Gamebreaker Pro 2018 (After 3/18)

    Gamebreaker Pro 2018 headgear

    Cost: $79.99

    Coverage: 95%

    Style: cap

    Score: 0.24

  • Unequal Halo 1 (10 mm)

    Unequal Halo 1 (10mm) headgear

    Cost: $39.95

    Coverage: 41%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.26

  • Unequal Halo 1 (6 mm)

    Unequal Halo 1 (6mm) headgear

    Cost: $29.95

    Coverage: 39%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.36

  • Unequal Halo 2 (6 mm)

    Unequal Halo 2 (6mm) headgear

    Cost: $29.95

    Coverage: 44%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.41

  • LDR Soccer Headband XP

    LDR Soccer Headband XP

    Cost: $39.95

    Coverage: 61%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.41

  • Unequal Halo 3

    Unequal Halo 3 headgear

    Cost: $39.95

    Coverage: 39%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.44

  • Gamebreaker Multi-Sport - 2018

    Gamebreaker Multi-sport 2018 headgear

    Cost: $59.00

    Coverage: 95%

    Style: cap

    Score: 0.50

  • Gamebreaker PRO - 2018

    Gamebreaker PRO 2018 headgear

    Cost: $79.00

    Coverage: 95%

    Style: cap

    Score: 0.54

  • ForceField Ultra

    ForceField Ultra headgear

    Cost: $20.00

    Coverage: 52%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.55

  • Gamebreaker PRO - 2017

    Gamebreaker PRO 2017 headgear

    Cost: $79.00

    Coverage: 93%

    Style: cap

    Score: 0.57

  • Full90 FN1

    Full90 FN1 headgear

    Cost: $79.99

    Coverage: 79%

    Style: cap

    Score: 0.58

  • Don Joy Hat Trick

    Don Joy Hat Trick headgear

    Cost: $49.99

    Coverage: 58%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.59

  • Full90 Premier

    Full90 Premier headgear

    Cost: $44.99

    Coverage: 59%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.61

  • 2nd Skull Band

    2nd Skull Band

    Cost: $49.99

    Coverage: 42%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.61

  • ThundaGear GelShell

    ThundaGear GelShell headgear

    Cost: $89.99

    Coverage: 68%

    Style: cap

    Score: 0.65

  • Gamebreaker Multi-Sport - 2017

    Gamebreaker Multi-Sport 2017 headgear

    Cost: $59.00

    Coverage: 98%

    Style: cap

    Score: 0.70

  • Full90 Select

    Full90 Select headgear

    Cost: $34.99

    Coverage: 64%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.71

  • Hummingbird Soccer Headgear

    Hummingbird Soccer Headgear

    Cost: $49.99

    Coverage: 51%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.74

  • Canterbury Headstick

    Canterbury Headstick headgear

    Cost: $60.00

    Coverage: 63%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.77

  • Head Blast

    Head Blast headgear

    Cost: $26.95

    Coverage: 42%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.78

  • ForceField Regular

    ForceField Regular headgear

    Cost: $15.00

    Coverage: 44%

    Style: headband

    Score: 0.85

Notes

A lower score offers better protection.

Cost shown is what we paid for the headgear at the time of testing.

Coverage is the percent area of the headform covered by the headgear.

Documents

See our test methodology.

*Any player in any sport can sustain a head injury with even the very best head protection. This analysis is based on data trends and probabilities, and therefore a specific person’s risk may vary. This variation is likely dominated by genetic differences, health history, and impact factors such as muscle activation.