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Question Number: 29159

Law 4 - Players Equipment 2/8/2015

RE: Competitive Under 13

Jacob pantoja of Discoverybay , California America asks...

Can a player wear metal studs

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Jacob,
Unless there is a competition rule that says otherwise the composition of cleats can be a softer or rigid plastic, rubber composite or aluminum/metal ! Shoes are so much lighter than they used to be. The need for freer play created a need for a lighter and more flexible boot. This design focused on increasing ball control and better kicking power rather than a more protective boot.

The referee decides if the cleats are appropriate for safe play!.

There are all sorts of interesting soccer cleat or traction footwear with intricate plastic molded studs using curved half moon shapes, wedge shaped and our conventional cone 8 to 12 cleats standard .

The key is the cleats should be checked for burrs and sharp edges, no matter what they are made of... EVERYTIME... you put them on!

I used to run a travel team . If you walked in your soccer cleats across the parking lot or pavement you were the shoe guy! If someone needed cleats to be changed or sanded or deplugged you were the go to guy for the game, that for day! Proper foot wear and taking care of it, is important. Matches have been lost due to wrong size or broken, missing studs

Detachable vs. Non-detachable cleats allows the player to adapt to pitch variations and conditions , be it dirt, gravel, sand... Oh yes the all weather alternatives, sigh. I lost so much leg skin on those ...bloody pitches... literally! lol

Natural grass can be hard as a rock, slippery like ice or a mud bog but PAY ATTENTION to the removable cleats coming out or loose. Tighten appropriatel . Clean threads and no surface dirt! Make sure they screw in correctly and you have spare cleats as well as a spare tightener. Use spot of shoe grease on the threads ,just no dirt inside the threads. Always a pain when they get jammed, cross threaded or just continually turn and do not come out or break off. Check beginning, mid and end of match .

Also keep the area in-between the studs free of debris . The traction from studs is the penetration into the pitch. Mind you one can fall over with long studs on hard pack yet also stick and twist in mud! Sometimes you just are unlucky

Also watch how long laces interlock with studs if you wrap around the shoe when tying. It is quite particular how some professional players tie the shoe. Just like a field goal kicker in pointy ball football, laces up, affects how the ball travels off the foot! Don't wrap a lace around a stud by being carless

Turf soccer shoes have hard outsoles that feature aggressive and dense raised treads of various designs. These raised treads are more shallow under 1/2 inch than the studs or blades on normal soccer cleats. Turf shoes are not meant to permeate the mat surface, but rather to hold on to the dense turf grass. They can be used on natural grass if the pitch surface is hard but soft wet grass is dicey.

As a result, turf shoes offer effective traction and comfort on turf surfaces because they interact with the turf kind of like a suction. Some ROC will not allow studs on artificial pitch surfaces. Knee and ankle injuries can result from improper footwear so choose wisely. If serious about the game and your health spend the money on quality.

When choosing soccer turf shoes or soccer cleated , wear your normal soccer socks and shin guards, especially if they are equipped with an ankle guard that affects your shoe fit. You want a comfortable, custom fit. I like the Leather versions of shoes that stretch and conform to your foot over time. Mind you if you get stud stomped it will hurt like hell! A soccer shoe needs to be snug NOT tight just so there is no foot sliding or blistering going on. A good snug fit around the heel and toe for good ball control .

Turf shoes are also used for hard natural surfaces, including dirt, sand and short-grass fields. They are efficient training shoes for running on both artificial and natural surfaces: You can even use them as a backup for your normal cleats. Having a pair of cleats and turf shoes expands your choices in footwear, ensuring you get the best traction and comfort in all field conditions


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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Jacob
A frequently asked question. There is nothing inherently dangerous about metal cleats. Most if not all of the worlds shoe manufacturers offer a metal cleat option for soccer. It is only an issue if the competition rules do not allow them which is very unusual or the game is being played on a surface that the location does not allow them such as astro turf.
The only concern that a referee will have is that the cleats can become damaged with burrs or sharp edges by walking on rough surfaces

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