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How Should Soccer Cleats Fit

A good pair of soccer cleats must first fit our feet to bring the best comfort and efficiency when we are playing soccer. In addition, when choosing shoes, we should also determine our playing position and the type of the soccer field to find the shoes that best suit us.

In this article, Shoesops would like to share with you some ways to choose soccer cleats that fit your feet.

How to choose soccer cleats that fit your playing position

The playing position on the field is a very important factor for us to choose the right type of soccer cleats. When you choose shoes that fit your feet, you can improve your playing skills and limit mistakes. Here are some suggestions when choosing soccer cleats according to the playing position you should refer to:

Goalkeeper position

The goalkeeper is usually the player who stands at the lowest position in the team and uses his hands to play more than his feet. So, if you play as a goalkeeper, then choosing the right goalkeeper gloves is more important than choose the right shoes.

However, you should also choose the soccer cleats with good grip ability to move more flexibly in tight spaces for supporting shots and short passes. For artificial turf, the goalkeeper often has to move to combine with his teammates, so it is necessary to choose shoes with good grip.

Defender position

The defender is a very important position and needs to choose soccer cleats with more parameters than the goalkeeper position to support the keeping and passing of the ball.

When playing as a defender, you need to choose shoes with a firm, stable grip to support the ball control and help you not slip. In addition, the shoes need a strong protective layer to limit the injuries when tackling.

Winger position

Players playing in this position often need speed and ability to surf. So, you should choose very light shoes to support maximum acceleration. Moreover, the shoes need good grip to limit slippery situations or losing balance situations when turning the ball or passing the ball to teammates.

Midfielder position

The midfielder is always considered the soul and the inspiration of the team. Midfielders not only support the attack and defense but also score a lot.

Therefore, when playing as a midfielder, you need to choose soft and light shoes with good grip and the capability to support ball control.

Attacker position

The attacker’s essential task is to score goals. Therefore, when choosing soccer cleats for this position, you should choose the ones that support the ability to shoot, control and accelerate extremely well. If you play on artificial turf, shoes with hard toes are an optimal choice for you.

How to choose soccer cleats that fit your feet based on the type of playing field

Different types of soccer fields will have different advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, you need to determine which field you regularly play so that you can choose the most suitable shoes. You can refer to how to choose soccer cleats based on the type of field as below.

Natural grass pitch

This type of field often has high density and good coverage of grass, so it is good for players in case of strong impacts.

If you often play on the natural grass field, you should choose FG (firm ground) soccer cleats. Alternatively, you can choose SG (soft ground) cleats if the ground is wet or usually watered.

Artificial turf

When soccer has become more and more popular today, many artificial turf fields that use artificial grass have been created. Artificial turf is of stable quality and does not need regular care but the life expectancy is quite short.

If you often play on artificial turf, you should choose the soccer cleats of Miter, Prowin, … which are trusted by many people because of the low thickness.

Indoor court

The indoor court is very flat and hard. The ground is made from wood or artificial materials. Therefore, you should choose IC (indoor court) soccer cleats because the flat, high-foam shoe soles are suitable for flat and hard courts.

Best Indoor Soccer Shoes

How to choose soccer cleats that fit your style

Each person has different playing styles. Therefore, each pair of soccer cleats also has different characteristics:

Ball control: For players who often use the shoes to pass and control the ball (suitable for midfielders, attackers)

Strength: Supporting for shots, long passes or strikes (suitable for goalkeepers, defenders, attackers)

Speed: Designed to be as simple, compact and light as possible. These shoes will help maximize your speed on the pitch (suitable for attackers, midfielders and wingers)

Accuracy: Giving you the advantage of shots and fast passes (suitable for strikers, midfielders)

Combination: Converging all elements such as speed and capability to control of the ball (suitable for midfielders because they constantly have to move up and down to support the attack and defense).

How to choose soccer cleats based on weight

Your playing position and interests will determine the weight of your soccer cleats. But you should note that the light shoes will be very thin with not very high durability and vice versa. The lightest shoe is usually 5.5 oz and the heaviest is 11 oz. 8-10 oz is normal.

The position and weight of shoes that should be chosen:

  • Goalkeeper (8-9 oz)
  • Defender (over 10 oz)
  • Midfielder (under 8 oz)
  • Attacker (7.5-8.5 oz)
  • Winger (under 7 oz)

How to choose soccer cleats based on the length and width of the foot

The problem of measuring foot width when choosing soccer cleats has been more interested by young people because each shoe line has a different foot width. If you choose improperly, you may feel uncomfortable when wearing shoes.

In case you get to the store, you can try all the shoes until you find the best ones for you. But if you order online, please pay attention to the following tips:

  • Read reviews about the soccer cleats you are about to buy, especially the parts about comfort and grip.
  • Ask friends or go to online forums about foot widths.
  • Choose soccer cleats with natural leather material and good elasticity.
  • Do NOT buy shoes that are too tight or too wide.

How to choose the right size of soccer cleats

  • Choose shoes with the width as above
  • When wearing the shoes, you should feel comfortable; the toes must be able to move a bit.
  • If the shoes are too tight or wide, change immediately
  • You can add 0.5 more size than normal

Tip: You should buy soccer cleats after a day of work because your feet will stretch to the full size.

Instructions on how to measure foot size

If you can go directly to the shoe stores, there is nothing better. However, if you have to buy online, you should apply the following foot gauge to choose the right shoe size:

Step 1: Prepare the tools

  • 1 sheet of A4 paper
  • 1 pencil or ball pen
  • 1 ruler

Step 2: Measure your feet

  • Place the paper on the floor and put your foot on the paper
  • Use the pen to draw the outer edge of the foot
  • Use the ruler to measure the length and width of the foot

Note: When choosing soccer cleats online, you should apply the formula: Soccer cleats = Foot length + 0.4 inch so that when you wear socks, the shoes will not be tight.

Above is a summary of the ways to choose soccer cleats that Shoesops want to share with you. Hope you can choose the most satisfactory shoes.

The article was completed in consultation with football expert Aaron Hazenveld, who played at the Dutch National Championship (Eredivisie).

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