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Question Number: 29076

Law 4 - Players Equipment 12/28/2014

RE: Pro Adult

Bob of Victoria, BC Canada asks...

When I was in school in the 1950's all soccer players wore hard toed boots with cleats, today the soccer footware is much lighter, when did the change occur, and what prompted the change ?
Thank you

Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

Puma, Adidas, and Nike. Pumas introduced interchangeable cleats. When Germany won in 1954, players took notice of the revolutionary changes to the adidas boots. By 1970, most world class players wore them. In 1996, the Brazilian team won in Nike boots, which brought the lightness of a track shoe to the world of football.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Bob
The growth of the international game was the main changer along with competition from various cleat manufacturers such as Adidas, Puma Nike and others
Hard toed boots did not lend to skills exhibited by South American teams in the late 50s. The South Americans designed a lighter and more flexible boot. This design was focused on increasing good control and better kicking power rather than a more protective boot.
In the 1960s football boot technology really changed, which saw many football boots designed with a lower cut. These enabled the best players in Europe and South America to move faster and change direction quicker. That coupled with fiercer competition saw many cleat manufacturers introduce all sorts of innovation which included the introduction of new materials.
In recent times there has been much focus on colours, designs etc

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