You are what you eat. That old adage was never truer than in semi-pro football. Eat too much junk food, and you might find yourself tossing your cookies as well as the pigskin during a practice.
It's helpful to eat a well-balanced diet to maintain your fitness level, but football players also need to boost the protein to help rebuild broken-down muscle fibers.
Whether or not you'll need to gain or lose weight depends on what physical shape you're in at the moment. If you're 50 pounds (23 kilograms) overweight, of course, you'll need to trim down so you can keep up on the field.
Once your body is prepared from the inside, you can consider what equipment you'll need on the outside. Your uniform is just the beginning.