How To Choose: 11-a-Side Boots

Choosing the right boots is vital in football. This guide will help you choose the right boots for eleven-a-side football according to the different types of pitch.

Choosing your boots according to your level

Beginners should opt for support and grip, focusing on the basics of the game. Regular players should focus on ball control for more finesse and improving particular skills related to their preferred position. Advanced players will go for boots that are more lightweight to provide a further improvement to their fine footwork.

For Dry Pitches

Boots for dry pitches are designed for playing 11-a-side on a large pitch (at least 45m by 90m), which can be natural or synthetic (artificial) turf. They allow the player to switch between the short and long game, and to react to the repeated demands of play. They should also help the footballer to master ball control, passing and kicking.

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Choosing your boots according to the playing surface

Use traditional studs and multi-studs for grass and artificial pitches, to aid grip during changes of direction. Only use bladed football boots on grass pitches (they’ll damage the synthetic turf), to improve your grip when changing direction.

For Firm Pitches

Eleven-a-side football on firm pitches can be played on stabilised surfaces or on synthetic turf. It is a tight game where tactics and physical ability predominate.

Choosing your boots according to the playing surface

On stabilised pitches or artificial turf, use multi-studs to aid grip during changes of direction and for cushioning.

For Wet Pitches

Boots for wet pitches are designed for playing 11-a-side on a large pitch (at least 45m by 90m), on very wet grass. They can be worn for training or for official competition, and should give the player maximum grip when changing direction, controlling the ball and kicking on a particularly difficult surface.

Choosing your boots according to the playing surface

Use a boot with 6 screw-in studs (in aluminium or plastic) for soft or wet pitches, to improve stability. These boots are only really viable in certain areas where you’re regularly expecting the court to be damp.

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