While grass is the conventional surface of choice when it comes to playing 11-a-side football, the road version of the beautiful game could be played pretty much anywhere, on any surface at all. For kids, as long as there is a semi-pumped bag of atmosphere to kick around, it is game on. No park? No problem, the driveway will do. No goals? Not a problem, there is two bins we can use and we’ll be concerned about where the crossbar starts and finishes later.
All of us did it with our sisters and friends growing up and today, the kids of today are doing precisely the same; road soccer will literally never finish and nor should it.
One thing that needs to be thought about, however, is your choice of children’ football boots. You can’t make surging overlapping runs on concrete sporting a pair of studs, will you. Not only would balance and traction prove a major issue, but it would also do long-term damage to your knees, ankles and above all else, your boots. For this, a solution is required – investing in the ideal pair of football shoes for concrete. But which ones?
Can you wear football boots on concrete? As previously touched , wearing football boots concrete is a complete no-no. Whether it’s studs, moulds or multi-ground boots, then the pair simply do not go hand in hand and will cause your kids major trouble in the shape of possible injuries. Metal studs are constructed especially for wet, sloppy grass football pitches which require a longer stud to manage the terrain and to maintain balance and traction. Moulded boots do exactly that but on tougher, dried out pitches – neither are suitable for street soccer as the hard concrete would destroy the studs almost immediately, and also potentially cause injury. You ought to check out our guide on all the different types of soccer boots if you want to learn more about this.
Which football shoes would be best for concrete ground? The same as every type of football boot, the best manufacturers of street soccer shoes are Nike and adidas. The two sportswear giants are making astro turf football boots suitable for sand-based 2G surfaces for decades now, but have recently started to launch boots suited to both the indoor sport and street football. “What is the difference?” I hear you ask. Though only minor, there’s a significant distinction between astro turf boots and indoor soccer shoes, largely revolving around the clasp they offer.
Street soccer shoes have fully flat, grooved soles in order to don’t lose your footing on really tough surfaces when playing soccer, whereas astro turf boots have a great number of mini rubber studs covering the whole sole that helps with grip the more slippery, sand-based/rubber-crumb pitches offered up by astroturf and 3G respectively. Indeed, you are able to get away with wearing astro turf boots concrete, however they will not be as effective as street/indoor football shoes as they still possess a studded base, albeit a much smaller one than firm/soft/multi-ground football boots.
These miniature studs slightly boost you off the surface which hinders balance and grip; with street football shoes, which possess a completely flat sole, there is absolutely nothing between the shoe and the concrete, thus enabling maximum grip and stability.
You definitely cannot wear street soccer shoes on astroturf or 3G surfaces, either. Because there are no studs on indoor football shoes, the grip and grip is totally non-existent and there is nothing for the foot to plant at the sand/rubber crumbs to help stabilise you through a game of footy – it’d be like playing at a set of those extremely unflattering plimsolls you had to put on in PE at school.