Football, or some might refer to it as soccer, is a popular sport enjoyed by many globally. In Singapore, we have either seen others or the ones playing under void decks during the afternoons or evenings. However, joining this game on the soccer field is going to require specific soccer sports equipment!
Read on to find out how to choose the perfect pair of soccer boots to maximise your performance on the field!
What is the difference between natural grass pitch & artificial grass pitch?
Natural grass pitch
As the name suggests the pitch is made up of natural grass. This means the conditions of the grass will be highly dependent on weather conditions. When it rains too much the pitch becomes muddy and the ground will be much softer compared to when the weather is sunnier, where the pitch will be dry and harder. When the ground is too muddy there is a tendency of your boots getting stuck in it which may restrict your movements. You do not want your boots to be stuck just before your make your perfect shot in the goal! Natural grass also tends to have uneven grounds which will cause difficulty for ball control. It is still common in Singapore for soccer usage.
Artificial grass pitch
Artificial grass pitches are gaining popularity for soccer in Singapore in recent years due to its cost-saving maintenance. This is a grass pitch that has carpet-like feel, and is usually hard and flat on the ground. Artificial grass pitch also looks similar to natural grass. However the artificial grass absorbs more heat compared to natural grass. As you are aware Singapore's temperatures are high and this might be a disadvantage for those who choose to play in artificial grass ground. Also the impact when your fall on an artificial grass ground can be dangerous compared to natural grass as the surface of artificial grass is much harder. Passes with the ball usually move across freely due to this.
What boots should I wear when playing on natural grass?
For natural grass, the ideal soccer boots should come with longer studs. Natural grass is prone to wet and muddy conditions. Boots with longer studs allows for better grip due to unpredictable weather conditions that might affect the pitch. When the ground is muddy the longer studs help to achieve better better grip compared to shorter studs. Having longer studs will ensure a firm grip when running and changing direction. I will not encourage longer studs to be used on artificial grass as there is a high risk of ankle injury due to the hard surface of artificial grass pitches.
What boots should I wear when playing on artificial grass?
Playing on artificial pitch, the “studs” are the most important factor. Typically soccer boots with multiple flat studs are most recommended. Short and flat studs, allow players to run around freely across the pitch. You will also realise that these boots come with multiple studs for better grip and even distribution for hard ground. As artificial pitches are rather hard and shallow long studs may cause injuries. If you still prefer boots that have studs, pick ones that are short and round.
Is it okay to wear artificial ground shoes for natural grass and vice versa?
Yes it is, but you would not be able to get the same amount of traction while dribbling the ball or even running on the field, which will affect your performance. You might even actually slip and fall, causing unwanted injuries. Vice versa, it is okay to wear boots with long studs on the artificial ground, pick the ones with short and round studs. However, artificial grounds are notorious for causing knee and ankle injuries as it has more traction than grass.
Soccer Boots Studs
There are various types of studs that can be found in the market. Most commonly found are the rubber, plastic and metal studs. In Singapore’s football scene, rubber or plastic studs are highly utilised compared to metal studs. Metal studs are more durable and they usually cost more than rubber and plastic studs. Many football matches do not allow players to wear metal studs as they can be very dangerous. Metal studs may also have the tendency of getting caught in the ground. This would restrict your movement during play.As for our commonly used rubber and plastic studs, these are usually safer and a practical choice especially if you are a recreational player.
1. Low cut or mid ankle cut? There is definitely a difference in the appearance of these two boots. However there is no difference in both of their performances. If you are looking to have extra protection for your ankle you can opt for the mid ankle cut design, however it is not the best protection your can get. The ultimate choice of whether to go for a low or mid ankle cut depends on the individual preference.
2. Shoe laces or slip ons? Soccer boots with shoelaces are designed to keep your feet in place so they don’t slide around in the shoes. Having said that, in recent years there are many shoes that have been designed without shoe laces and they come with slip ons. Slip ons are definitely for those who prefer ease and convenience should definitely opt for it!
Agility 900 natural grass pitch boots
Take a look at our Agility 900 FG kids’ natural grass boots. It comes with a liner that has a wide opening and a rear pull tab to make it easy to pull on. This design will make it easier for you to slip on your boots and it is specifically designed for kids!
How fitting should my soccer boots be?
This is a question that most of us have. You do not want your feet to be sliding around or getting cramped up. The best is to always try them on with your soccer socks before you decide to purchase them. A generic guide would be to have ½ inch of space for optimum comfortability.
Generally if you have a broad feet you should go for the broader design boots as this will give you maximum comfort during play. You do not want your feet to be cramped up during your game!
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About our author:
Football has always been my passion sport. The feeling I get when I score a goal is incredible. It is a sport made for everyone to enjoy & participate!
Shamini Anbarazan Digital Sports Leader - Football