How to choose the best football boots?

Many parents sometimes ask us what soccer shoes their children should wear for the camps, since depending on the surface, some models are worthwhile. Although it may seem the opposite, knowing how to choose types of football boots is essential for many reasons and one of the main ones is to avoid the risk of injuries, which for a child who goes to enjoy a football campus is one of the worst things that can happen. As they say in Spanish: “Las mejores botas futbol niño son las que le permiten desarrollar su talento“, which means that the best football boots for kids are the ones that let them develop their talent.

But let’s forget that and to avoid it we’re going to show you the types of football boots that exist, so you won’t make a mistake when buying the ones that the little ones are going to use in training, as well as knowing which ones to use according to each playing surface. With this small guide you will know the characteristics of each sole and much more. Here we go.

Soft Ground

The first football boot we showed you can only be used for natural grass. We are talking about those with SG soles, closer to the classic ones with aluminium cleats, although you can find them in many cases combined with rubber cleats. Professionals advise wearing these boots when the lawn is quite damp and soft (hence the name Soft Ground, which means “soft ground”).

The reason to use them with a wet field is because with the mixed soles or aluminum blocks you get more traction and grip, something that would not happen if we use them on artificial turf or carpet. With this type of boot we will avoid slipping when making sudden changes of direction and give stability to our legs. Players like Eden Hazard use football boots with aluminium cleats to favour their style of play, with fast changes of pace and a constant search for imbalance in all areas of the pitch.

Firm Ground

The most commonly used types of football boots with FG soles, which we all know as 8-14 blocks of different lengths, cone shaped and laminated. These tend to bring more blocks than SG and are used on natural turf pitches, but it is also advisable to use them on third-generation artificial turf pitches, those with long hair and more similar to natural, if they have short blocks and not laminated so as not to run the risk of breaking them. Toni Kroos, one of the best midfielders in the world and who plays for Real Madrid, has been wearing FG boots since the beginning of his career and has never changed. It seems to have given him good results…

In spite of this, we have to warn you that in artificial turf the FG boots suffer more, since the surface is more abrasive and wears out the heels. If your child usually plays on dirt fields, which are still left in some cities, FG sole boots are good for muddy ground. Who doesn’t remember those games with friends on a rainy day!