Types of Soccer Cleats

My earlier post about baseball vs soccer cleats inspired me to think about the different types of soccer footwear.  There are three main types…

Firm Ground Cleats

These are the “normal” cleats that most kids wear for playing on the grass.  In England, some boots (English for cleats!) have metal cleats on the bottom, but that isn’t allowed around here.  Hard ground cleats can come with different cleat patterns on the bottom, but all are suitable for normal playing conditions.

Turf Shoes

Turf shoes look very similar to firm ground cleats, but the cleats on the bottom are much shorter.  Players use these while playing on artificial turf or if they are having knee/heel problems.  It was recommended to me that my Big Soccer Girl try this type of cleat if her heels didn’t improve.  A player could lose some control if using these in thick grass.

Futsal/Indoor Soccer Shoes

Indoor soccer shoes look very similar to a regular sneaker, but they have a non marking rubber sole that gives a player traction.  Futsal is indoor soccer played on small field about the size of a basketball court with a low bounce ball.  My little soccer girl loves her futsal shoes so much she wears them every day to school.

As you’ve probably noticed, we’re a Nike family.  My girls love the Mercurial Vapors and have both cleats and futsal shoes from that line.  (Nope, they didn’t pay me to say that and I have the numerous receipts to prove it!!) The girls tell me they are very comfortable and lightweight.  I just like the colors!

Update 6/25- I didn’t even realize it at the time, but today I just bought little soccer girl the exact same futsal shoes as pictured above.   I need some sunglasses just to look at them…

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