Soccer cleats (boots) are an essential item for all soccer players. Cleats come in a range of shapes, sizes and constructs, each with individual qualities to suit different players that fill different positions. Wearing soccer cleats is a relatively straight forward activity, and not dissimilar to wearing regular shoes. The basic premise is of placing the footwear on your foot, ensuring that it's comfortable and making some minor adjustments so that you are ready to play soccer effectively.
Things You'll Need
- Shin guards Soccer socks
Pu on your shin guards and stockings before putting on your cleats. Ensure that both your shin guards and stockings are fitted securely and comfortably before moving on to your cleat.
Loosen the laces of your cleats and pull the tongue upwards in order to make the cleats easier to fit on to your feet, just like a tight-fitting shoe. Many players opt to wear cleats that are a size smaller than their regular shoe, given the flexibility of the materials used to make cleats. This can make it necessary to loosen the laces a lot in order to get the cleat onto your foot.
Pull the cleat over your foot and adjust it until the cleat fits securely and snugly around your foot. Cleats should be comfortable, but also fit tightly in every dimension in order to perform to the highest possible standard.
Different playing positions are often suited to different types of cleats. For example, a defensive player will often wear heavier, sturdier cleats in order to get more protection to the foot when tackling other players. Attacking players often wear lighter, thinner cleats in order to cover the ground faster.
Establish your playing position and choose your cleats accordingly. Some cleats strike a balance between durability and strength and lightness and thinness.
Tighten and tie the laces of your cleats. Be sure that you tie the cleats tightly so that they don't shift or rub whilst you play soccer. Cleats that rub can cause blisters, which can be extremely uncomfortable and can keep you off the soccer pitch.
Some boots come with provisions for keeping the cleats' tongue contained. It is important that both the instep and metartarsal areas of the cleat are kept as flat and clear as possible, as these are the main parts of the cleat you will use to strike the ball.
If the knot of the laces on your cleat is on the instep, try to tuck it away inside the boot. This knot can prove disruptive to your control of the football if it is in the way. Furthermore, try to contain the tongue to keep it flat and smooth. This can be achieved using the laces of the cleats.
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