HOW PICK UP WORKS: Cleats are optional, and sometimes depend on the field. Most are more comfortable WITH cleats. SHIN GUARDS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. . Generally, recreational pick-up soccer is a fun activity, not competitive. With this group, attracting any random person over the internet, I expect it to be extremely friendly and have an emphasis on fun and exercise rather than competition. We'll play for 2-3 hours. We'll voluntarily split into two teams, set up goals, and play.