What are some first aid items

What belongs in a first aid kit when playing soccer?


During a soccer game things can get down to business, which is why minor and sometimes major injuries are inevitable. It is therefore all the more important that the supervisors are as prepared as possible for such situations. This includes a well-stocked first aid kit. In this blog post you will find out what needs to be in a first aid kit for football so that you are prepared in an emergency.

A well-stocked medical bag is very important in sport in general, but also especially in football, as it can be used to provide first aid for injuries on the edge of the field. Since, depending on the sport, there are injuries that are typical or occur more frequently, it can make sense to adapt the first aid kit to the respective sport. Of course, certain things, such as various plasters or general bandages - such as bandages and compresses - belong in every first aid kit. With it you can cover a wound germ-free so that no dirt and no bacteria get into it. Special scissors for cutting the plaster as well as disposable gloves should definitely not be missing.

Typical sports injuries in soccer include bruises or ligament stretching or a torn ligament. Therefore, cold compresses and cooling spray should definitely be available in a supervisor's case for soccer. This can cool bruises and reduce swelling. For minor injuries, you should also have elastic bandages and a sports tape handy in your medical kit. The sports tape is stuck to the affected area so that it is permanently stimulated. This allows footballers to continue with minor injuries.


A sports balm or sports gel is also important in a first aid kit to relieve muscle stiffness or tension. A distinction is made between warming and cooling gels: When using warming gels, the muscles relax immediately. The warmth causes the vessels to expand, which means that the muscles are better supplied with blood. Ideally, this allows the soccer game to be resumed immediately. With cooling sports gels, heat is withdrawn from the muscles, which means that they have a decongestant and anti-inflammatory effect. Therefore, both types should be included in every soccer first aid kit. In the following overview, we have listed exactly what else belongs in a medical bag.


General first aid items

2x triangular cloth

2x disposable vinyl gloves (pair)

1x first aid cross sticker 5 cm x 5 cm

1x first aid scissors 18 cm

1x shade guide

2x sealable foil bags 30 x 40 cm

1x adhesive plaster 2.5 cm x 5 m

1x instant cold compress

1x table of contents

1x rescue blanket 160 cm x 210 cm

1x non-woven cloth (5 pieces)


Range of plasters

4x fingertip bandages

4x finger bandages 2 cm x 18 cm

12x standard plasters

8x first-aid bandages 6 x 10 cm


General articles of association

2x eye compress

2x fixation bandages 6 cm x 4 m

2x fixation bandages 8 cm x 4 m

1x bandage pack small

3x dressing packs medium

1x bandage pack large

1x dressing sheet 60 x 80 cm

6x wound compress 10 x 10 cm


Content specifically for sports

1x ventilation sheet

1x splinter forceps

2x sports tape 3.8 cm x 10 m


3x suture strips 3 mm x 75 mm (5 pieces)


Shelf life of a first aid kit

To effectively treat sports injuries, all bandages must be sterile. In order for this to be the case, you should always keep an eye on the durability of your medical kit. According to DIN 13157, a first aid kit has a shelf life of 5 years unopened, with some manufacturers even specifying a shelf life of 20 years. However, to be on the safe side, you should regularly check all the bandages in your supervisor's case. This is the only way to ensure that you have access to sterile materials for first aid.


Advantages of a first aid kit

First aid cases are made of a robust material, which means that the entire contents are optimally protected against external influences such as high or low temperatures. In addition, unlike a first-aid kit, you can use the case on the move and have it ready to hand on the edge of the field. Thanks to the robust material, the contents are also extremely well protected against dust and, in bad weather, against dirt and splash water. In this way, the entire content is optimally stored and immediately ready for use in an emergency.