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About this project

Legend Soccer Co. was created by soccer players, for soccer players.  Our team is dedicated in embracing the history, culture, &  simplicity of the game by conveying this through our products. Legend Soccer plans on changing the soccer industry while leaving a positive footprint on the World.  

                   ~ Legends Live Forever ~

Legend Soccer was born out of wanting change out of the soccer industry.  Chris, Roland, and I have been around the game our entire live.  From first learning to kick at age 5, growing up through every program we could, being successful at a young age, moving on to college, semi-pro, and pro and eventually coming around to coach and running local programs.  We've been around the game for as long as we can remember and we haven't seen much change in the sport we love.  

Legend is born out of bringing soccer/football back to its roots and embracing history, culture, and simplicity.  A brand to represent every player on the planet.  A company specifically for soccer.  A company for soccer players by soccer players.  

We hope to use Legend Soccer Co. as a platform to do something special.  We can help change the world and put a positive impact on humanity through soccer

Our journey to create Legend started 5 years ago, experimenting with different products and new ideas to a industry at a stand still.  After years of different prototypes, designs, products, materials, its finally time to launch our first product...."Squire" - the bamboo Shinguard.

For close to 30 years, all we've seen is plastic shinguards.  Its time for a change......

Design

The shape and design is something that we worked for many years.  The shape of Squire was inspired by what we always wanted in a shinguard.  A sleek and non-invasive shape that fits to your shin perfectly. We wanted a light weight design that could still hold up in the hardest of tackles.  With wearing bulky shinguards our whole lives, we wanted to create a pair of guards that would protect you, but would still allow a good touch on the ball. 

Why the name Squire? 

In medieval times a squire was a young teenage boy training to become a knight. A boy became a squire at the age of 14 or 15. This was the second stage to becoming a knight.  A squire served an existing knight as an attendant or shield carrier, doing simple but important tasks like saddling a horse or caring for the knight's weapons and armor. 

With a shinguard being the only armor a footballer has, we thought it was fitting......


Squire Question and Answer

What size should I get?  

Squire comes in 2 different sizes....we have our youth and adult.  

Youth: 6.5 Inches Tall, 3 Inches Wide

Adult: 7.5 Inches  Tall, 3.5 Inches Wide  

If you're an adult player like us, who doesn't like a big shinguard, we'd go for the youth size.  Gotta keep that good touch....

Why would I buy Squire over the normal plastic shinguards that are sold every day?

  • Strong
  • Lightweight
  • Sustainable
  • Beautiful Look & Feel
  • Hand Made
  • Provide optimal protection in the hardest tackles
  • Supports your local and domestic economy
We think these are great reasons and hope to put these types of characteristics in all of our products in the coming years.  

Why Bamboo?

Thanks to its unique composition, bamboo is naturally designed for strength... Unlike wood, bamboo has no rays or knots, allowing it to withstand more stress throughout the length of each stalk. Bamboo’s sectional anatomy, both as a cane and on a microscopic fiber level, enhances its structural integrity. The high silica content in bamboo fibers means the material cannot be digested by termites. Bamboo contains different chemical extractives than hardwood, which make it better suited for gluing. As a result, in structural engineering tests bamboo has been shown to have... 

  • Higher tensile strength than many alloys of steel 
  • Higher compressive strength than many mixtures of concrete 
  • Higher strength-to-weight ratio than graphite

Why is bamboo sustainable?

Trees used for conventional wood take 30-50 years to regenerate to their full mass.  In the meantime, there is less oxygen produced, less carbon dioxide consumed, and more soil runoff in the spot where the tree was harvested...all producing harmful environmental effects.  When it comes to sustainability, bamboo has traditional lumber beat in every category....

  • Bamboo is clocked as the fastest growing plant on Earth.  Some species have been measured to grow over 4 feet in 24 hours
  • A pole of bamboo can be continuously re-harvested every 3 years, without causing damage to the plant system and surrounding environment
  • A pole of bamboo can be continuously re-harvested every 3 years, without causing damage to the plant system and surrounding environment
  • During the time it take to regenerate, the bamboo plant's roost system stays intact so erosion is prevented
  • Continuous harvesting of woody grass every 3-7 yard, actually improves the overall health of the plant

Why don't we keep using plastic shinguards and other plastic products?

Below is an image of a small portion of a plastic island that's currently floating in the Pacific Ocean.  They predict the size of this plastic island of being the size of Texas.  

Enough said?

Even US Soccer star Claudio Reyna approves of one of our first prototypes!!!

What kind of padding is on the shinguard?  

Looking a dozens of different types of padding we finally found a material that is moisture resistant, grips to a slippery shin, durable, feels comfortable, and most importantly....protects you from a strong tackle.  We use a special nylon backed neoprene.  It took us a while to find this material, but we finally did it.  Throughout this campaign, we're  looking into sourcing a recycled padding that would make Squire a completely sustainable product.  We'll keep everyone updated. Check it out below....

What comes with the purchase of Squire? 

A pair of Squire shinguards comes with a pair of black sleeves that keeps Squire in place and comes in a beautiful wooden box for safe keeping.  

4 years in the making....help us make it a reality! By supporting Squire you support a change in the soccer industry.

Many prototypes in the past few years....check out where we came from and where we ended up.  

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One of our levels of backing is a t-shirt.  Check out the designs below....once you purchase a shirt on Kickstarter, we'll email you back and let you choose what you want.  We've shared the designs below....not to worry ladies we've got an awesome one for you.  Pic coming soon....                       

T-Shirt Designs

Hoodie Design

We spent a long time trying to find the perfect hoodie and I think we did it.  Coming from American Apparel, this hoodie is soft, comfortable, and looks good.  Take a look at the hoodie.  For now, just one color....gray.  Legend L on the hood and Legend Soccer on the back.  

The Legend team has been involved with the game our entire lives.  From 5 year old rec league, to playing professionally, to coaching and directing clubs, we've seen it all......check out some photos!

We owe so much of this company to our home club, the Flathead Rapids.  Big shout out to our Rapids family.  Their support is the only way Legend is possible.  Hopefully someday this company can support this club and all of the youth programs they provide.  www.flatheadrapids.com

Here are links to our Facebook,Website, and media coverage:

https://www.facebook.com/LegendSoccerCo?ref_type=bookmark

http://www.legendsoccer.com

http://flatheadbeacon.com/e-edition/07_16_2014/#p=36

Risks and challenges

Our goal is to have Squire in full production in 6 months. Working on this project for 3 years now, we truly understand what its going to take to get production available to our mass audience. We've worked through dozens of prototypes and tested our project in every game like environment. If for some reason we can't get there in 6 months, we're certain it won't take much longer. We'll keep all of our supporters updated monthly with our progress and hope to bring you along in our journey. Hopefully everyone will feel vested in this project and support us through our ups and downs. Once thing is for certain....if there are any delays or concerns we'll make it right somehow. Whether its through giving away multiple shinguards and apparel or letting our giving followers have our next product for free. Thanks for your support!

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    Every little bit counts. By pledging $1 or more we'll send out a big thank you to you on our Twitter account. Thanks for your support!

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    For your generous pledge of $10, you'll receive 3 Legend Soccer stickers and a big thank you on Facebook and Twitter. Be the first to rep the Legend sticker!

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    For your historic pledge of $25, you'll receive your pick of our new line of Legend t-shirts and we'll send a big thank you to you on all of our social media outlets. We've tried to pick the most comfortable shirts and we have found them. All t-shirts are 50/50 American Apparel and are sure to please the Legend fan. Once you order, we'll contact you to get your preferred size, style, and color.

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    Be one of the first 100 people to own "Squire" the bamboo shinguard. With no similar product on the market today and handmade in Whitefish, MT, you'll be sure to turn heads out on the pitch before a big match or before training. After you make your pledge, we'll be contacting you directly to get your preferred size. There's a youth and adult size. Be an individual....own the Squire shinguard. Our goal is to get these shinguards out in time for Christmas. We think they're worth the wait.

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    For $50 or more you can get your very own Legend hoodie. We tried to find the most comfortable hoodie out there and I think we found it. This American Apparel hoodie with the Legend L on the hood and Legend soccer across the back, is stylish, comfortable, and represents Legend soccer. Thanks for your support!!

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    Legendary Package - Take home one of our Legend hoodies, Legend t-shirt, and of course a pair of Squire shinguards. The essential package for any die hard Legend fan. Hoodie and shirt will be delivered in August. Shinguards will be delivered right before Christmas of 2014.

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    For $500 become a Legend Ambassador for 2 years. What does that mean? You'll receive every apparel item and product that Legend comes out with for free. Each time we release a product or apparel item you'll get first shot at representing it. Your profile, bio, and picture will be posted on our website and you'll be officially a Legend Ambassador. Each Ambassador will receive a personal call from the Legend team welcoming you into our family.

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    For a more then generous pledge of $5,000, the Legend team including, Sean, Roland, and Chris will fly anywhere in the US and hand deliver your very own Squire shinguards. And guess what?....we'll cook you dinner too! For this generous of a pledge this is the least we can do.

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    For a LEGENDARY pledge of $10,000 we will fly you to beautiful Whtiefish. MT for an all expenses paid weekend with the Founders of the company. Experience the beauty of Montana and get to know the founders on a personal level. We will also have a Legend package waiting for you (Hoodie, T-shirt, and custom Squire Shinguards). This package will be the first step in creating your own personal Legend.
    LEGENDS LIVE FOREVER

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