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Which football boots does your child need?

Whether your child is just starting out on their footballing journey or shooting for the stars in a pro academy, the right type of footwear is essential for their safety and performance. The following will help you make a winning decision and give them the best chance to develop their skills.



Firm Natural Grass Surface (FG) - Dry or slightly wet conditions

If your child is training or playing matches on firm or hard, natural grass surfaces then you have a few suitable options to choose from.


Moulded Rubber - Fixed small, round rubber studs which normally number more than soft ground versions.

Moulded Plastic FG - Fixed, small plastic studs which normally number more than soft ground versions and come in a range of shapes.

Small Plastic Blades - Multiple plastic blades in a range of shapes that are smaller than soft ground versions.

Astroturf Trainers - Multiple, small rubber dimples - only to be worn on firm grass in dry conditions!


Our view? - Not much between these types of boot, the rubber studs may provide a bit more cushioning and comfort than the plastic studs on very firm surfaces but are more prone to wearing down and damage.




Soft Natural Grass Surface (SG) - Very wet or muddy conditions

Budding superstars developing their skills on soggy surfaces will need a bit more grip for their quick turns and sprints.


Metal Studs - Traditionally 6 larger metal studs, 2 rear 4 front that can all be replaced if required.

Mixed Studs - A combination of metal, replaceable studs and fixed plastic studs.

Full Blades - Larger plastic, fixed blades generally in 8 -10 configuration.


Our view? - Fully bladed boots are less common these days due to rumoured links to increased chances of injury. A higher number of stud contact points reduces pressure and so will generally result in a more comfortable boot so a Mixed Stud soleplate is probably best.




Artificial Grass 3G/4G Surfaces (AG)

Fake, rubber crumb-based grass pitches are obviously great for most weather conditions but can be tough on footwear due to the abrasive nature of them. Certain types of footwear (mainly SG boots) are not allowed on many 3G/4G pitches so always best to check first.


Astroturf Boots - Multiple small, hard-wearing plastic studs on a more durable boot.

Astroturf Trainers - Multiple, small rubber dimples on a low profile sole - only to be worn in dry conditions.

Firm Ground (FG) boots are also suitable for 3G/4G surfaces but are less hard-wearing.


Our view? - If you’re little Messi is only playing on artificial surfaces then the Astroturf boots are the best choice as they are fine in most weather and will last longer. It might get expensive though if your child has a different pair for each surface so if this is the case then opt for a Firm Ground pair of boots for multiple-use with good comfort and decent grip.




Sand or Water-based Artificial Grass/Concrete/Sand Pitches

Not all artificial pitches are created equal! Older astroturfs consist of sand or water-based surfaces with shorter grass blades (and way less annoying rubber crumbs!) than newer 3G/4Gs.


Astroturf Trainers - Multiple, small rubber dimples on a low profile sole - may mark some indoor surfaces so may not be be allowed at certain venues.

Futsal Trainers - Non-marking rubber soles specifically designed for extra grip on indoor surfaces.

Astroturf Boots - Multiple small, hard-wearing plastic studs on a more durable boot.


Our view? - The hard, compact nature of these surfaces mean that cushioning is important and Astroturf trainers generally provide the best combination of comfort, grip and support.




Indoor Pitches

Indoor football and Futsal are great for developing tight control, quick-thinking and fast-paced play but the right type of footwear can really help.


Trainers - Normal trainers can be worn on indoor surfaces but often provide less grip and support than football-specific footwear.

Astroturf Trainers - Multiple, small rubber dimples on a low profile sole - may mark some indoor surfaces so may not be be allowed at certain venues.

Futsal Trainers - Non-marking rubber soles specifically designed for extra grip on indoor surfaces.


Our view? - Futsal and indoor football is growing in popularity so if your child is playing indoors regularly then Futsal trainers are the best bet for grip and support and can be used on all indoor surfaces unlike most other trainers.



Other things to consider!

Lightness or Support? - Football footwear now tends to come in two main styles: light, flexible designs for speed and agility or supportive, stronger creations to maximise power and protection. Generally the type of of player that your superstar is or the team position that they normally occupy will determine which is best.


Uppers - Real leather uppers are more comfortable and normally fit better but can get saturated on very wet days. Synthetic uppers are generally cheaper and dry quicker when wet but might not feel quite as special.


Laces or laceless? - Laceless footwear is designed to ‘feel’ better by removing the bulk and weight of the laces and to provide a larger, cleaner ball-striking zone. However they can be tricky for younger players to get on and may not fit quite as well as traditional, lace-up styles if they are too small/large.


Sock boots - Sock boots include a sewn-in sock that helps with support, proprioception (basically balance!) and are claimed to reduce injuries. However they can be an absolute nightmare to get on and off especially for younger footballers.


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