What studs should I use for footy or soccer?
With many kids and adults planning their return to winter sports such as Aussie Rules Footy and soccer, it signifies the eve of most stressful time of year – purchasing new boots for the new season. This blog post is all about helping you make sure you purchase the most appropriate boot and studs for you this season!
So why do studs and their design matter?
Different stud configurations offer better traction and grip over various surfaces which can lead to improved performance on the pitch. On the other end of the spectrum, having the wrong stud layout for a particular surface can increase your risk of sustaining an on-field injury.
There are four main types of stud variations.
Firm Ground (FG) soles:
FG boots are most common and accessible in Australia due to our mostly warm and dry climate making our natural grassed pitches firmer underfoot. Even on rainy matchdays where the pitches are wet, most FG studs are long enough to generate the right amounts of traction needed in the grass.
2. Artificial Ground (AG) soles:
AG soles have come into vogue over the past decade due to the rise and popularity of councils preferring to build their soccer and footy pitches with artificial grass (commonly known as turf or 3G). Boots with an AG outsole will commonly feature more studs than an FG outsole however will be shorter in length to distribute pressures along the foot more evenly, as synthetic pitches are much harder due to their concrete underlays.
3. Mixed Ground (MG) soles:
The mixed ground sole is a hybrid built for both natural firm grass pitches and synthetic grounds. It often has a similar layout to a traditional FG boot but with a similar bonding glue of an AG boot. This withstands higher temperatures to prevent the upper and soleplate separating.
4. Soft Ground (SG) soles:
Soft ground soles are unique as they will you will be able to remove the studs (screw in) and include metal studs. These types of boots are ubiquitous overseas in colder climates where pitches are far softer than the ones here down under!
Which studs are best for you?
That depends on what pitches you will be playing and training consistently throughout the season. If most games are played on natural grass pitches, then it would be appropriate to purchase a pair of FG boots. If you train and play mostly on synthetic pitches then it might be best to go for boots with AG studs, or for added versatility and use an MG pair.
Other tips and tricks
- The box the boots come in will be labelled with what stud configuration the boot has.
- Most junior footy and soccer leagues will prohibit the use of metal studs in games.
- To increase longevity in of boots, minimise stepping on concrete or asphalt with them. Boots are meant for grass or synthetic turf only!
- It can often be beneficial to have a pair of boots for each type of surface to reduce risks of injuries.
If you still have any concerns on which type of boots to buy this pre-season, please feel free to contact our clinic for a consult with one of our knowledgeable podiatrists to help you get the best boots!