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The football boots have become too small and now it’s time to find a fresh pair. But what should you be aware of when buying football boots for children?
We review the most important points so you can make the right choice:
- Position on the court
- Size and fit
A good place to start with finding the right boot is the price. Make it clear before you look at the boots how much you want to spend. The most expensive boots cost $300-$500, and if the child changes every year, it quickly becomes an expensive pleasure.
As with the adult boots, with children’s boots, there is a difference in the technology is in the boot, if you go up and down in price. But even if price and quality go hand in hand, it is far from necessary to choose the most expensive boot. There is already a lot to save if you choose last year’s top model.
Cheaper boots for $100-$200 can also easily be the right choice if they sit properly on the foot. If you have the right size, there can also be something to save by buying football shoes online. However, pay attention to what the procedure to return is, if you need a different size.
They make football boots for several surfaces and they show it as an abbreviation in the name of the shoes. So if you are looking at a Mercurial Vapor X FG, then it is the FG that shows which base the boot is for.
Therefore, find out which surface the child is playing on before you buy shoes because there is a big difference between whether grass or artificial grass is the primary surface.
Most boots have knobs that are molded into the sole, but there are also screw knobs. However, a child’s foot has the best of the molded knobs, because it gives better stability in the boot that the knobs are part of the sole, and then the weight is more evenly distributed on the entire bottom of the boot.
In addition, the cast knobs are not sharp, and thus not as dangerous as the screw knobs can be in a tackle. Therefore, it is generally recommended to choose the molded buds for children.
We give you a guide to the abbreviations:
- FG – Firm Ground
- SG – Soft Ground
- HG – Hard Ground
- IC – Indesko
- TF – Turf and AG – Artificial Ground
FG – Firm Ground
Suitable for solid surfaces, e.g. soft grass.
The boots are ideal for spring and summer, when the grass may be a little soft because of rain, but not muddy.
The knobs are molded on the boot or made in the same piece as the rest of the bottom. Therefore, one must be careful not to walk on asphalt, because it will wear the buds unnecessarily.
The knobs are mounted in an asymmetrical formation and provide better balance and control and to stand better. Players like Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez play with this boot.
SG – Soft Ground
Suitable for soft and very soft surfaces, e.g. wet grass.
The boots are ideal when it is autumn and winter, or when the track is very wet and muddy.
They screw the knobs on the boots on and are completely traditionally round or have a more elongated shape. If they have a more elongated shape, they are usually molded on the boot. They can therefore not be replaced.
The smart thing about the knobs being able to be screwed on and off is that you can put longer knobs on if the track is muddy. That way you stand better.
However, screw knobs are not the best choice for a child’s foot, as it does not distribute the weight over the entire boot. It can therefore become uncomfortable for the baby and cause blisters.
As written, it is, therefore, best to avoid the screw knobs and go for the molded ones. However, this does not exclude soft ground boots because they are also available with molded knobs.
HG – Hard Ground
Suitable for hard surfaces, e.g. earth and gravel tracks.
The boots are durable and therefore great if you play on courses that are tough.
If you compare with FG boots, they are obvious here if the track is not wet at all.
The boots can also handle gravel pitches, but also artificial turf pitches. The knobs are smaller than on the FG boots and are molded on the boot. They help to provide stability, better grip on the track and a softer start on the hard surface.
IC – Indesko
Shoes for indoor soccer.
Several brands have turned their football boots into slippers, so you can maintain the boot look, even if you play inside.
The shoes are like regular sneakers, but have the special rubber bottom, so we can use them indoors in all halls.
The pattern at the bottom looks like a herringbone to most people, and it helps to make it easier to stand on the floor.
TF – Turf and AG – Artificial Ground
These boots are suitable for plastic tracks and gravel tracks.
If it is mostly gravel pitches and artificial turf pitches that are played on, boots with the abbreviation TF or AG are preferable. They make the bottom of a durable rubber material, and they often have small short knobs or a pattern in the sole to provide a better foothold on hard tracks.
Nike – Hypervenom Phelon AG
They are ideal on artificial turf, dry pitches with little or no grass or in sand.
There is a big difference in the boots, depending on which material you choose them in. There are two types of material:
A leather boot can give the child just the right fit. The leather can stretch and shape itself better around the foot than the synthetic material. It helps to make the boot delicious and soft.
The leather can give the boot a little longer life because it allows the child’s foot to grow a little without it being noticeable – precisely because the leather can give.
The advantage of the synthetic material is that you get a light boot that does not absorb water. It is therefore easier to keep the boot straight in this material. In return, the child’s foot must fit as yes, foot in hose, to benefit from a boot in a synthetic material. The material cannot give itself like the leather.
Position on the court
It is not only the adults’ football boots that help in unique positions on the pitch. The children’s boots are made according to the same principles.
You can always discuss whether the child needs some specialized boots, but we review here what you need at the unique positions on the field.
- Defender and goalkeeper – needs boots with a good grip and a solid structure to avoid injuries.
- Midfielder – if you are the workhorse in midfield then go for a classic boot that helps you to deliver accurately, kick on goal and put the ball safely in front of goal.
- Striker – or the attacking midfielder enjoys a light boot where the knobs provide a good grip, so you can easily turn on the field.
Size and fit
The most important thing when buying football boots is the size and how the shoes sits on the foot. The right size and fit ensure that the child does not get blisters or the boot otherwise wears on the foot.
There are three things to ask yourself:
- How big is the foot?
- Should one buy a size larger?
- How should the boot fit?
How big is the foot?
Prepare before buying boots. By measuring the foot, one can get an idea of which size is the right one.
It is important to measure the foot in the afternoon because feet expand during the day. Also, remember to wear football socks to make sure that the thick sock can be in the shoe.
Should one buy a size larger?
The child’s foot grows all the time, and therefore one may be persuaded to buy the boot size larger than it actually should be.
The most important thing, however, is that the shoe fits properly on the foot, and therefore preferably buy the boot in the right size and not one the child can grow in. Instead, you can buy the boot in leather so it can expand a bit.
Otherwise, the best advice is to find a price range where you can afford to change boots as the child’s foot grows.
How should the boot fit?
Once the size is found, the boot must be tried. Remember that the child must wear football socks and leg splints, so we test the boot with all equipment used when playing a match or for training.
It is also a good idea to try the shoes in the afternoon because the foot expands during the day.
If the child is under 12 years of age, we recommend that there is a maximum of space for a little finger between the foot and the heel. If there is room for more, then the boot is too big. Be aware that leather boots give a little, while boots made of synthetic material keep their shape.
The boot should fit on the foot, but not too tight. You should always wear the boot, but it should sit properly on the foot from the start. Otherwise, it will not get better. Normally you can see if a boot fits on the laces:
- If the shoelace is far apart, it is too small.
- If the sides touch each other when the boot is laced, they are too big.
- If the laces are straight , the boot fits.
You will find the guide on the side of each shoe. So if you have chosen a new boot, you can compare it to the boot the child has had. That way, you can see if the boot might fit the foot, and which size to choose.