As a former college soccer player, and now a travel soccer coach, I understand that having the right equipment is essential for soccer players, especially soccer cleats.
Whatever level of soccer you play, when you step out on the field you only want to focus on the game, not adjusting your socks, pulling up your shinguards, or the leather from your cleats rubbing against the back of your heels. I know that when I was distracted by anything during a game, I didn’t play my best soccer. It could have been something small like my shirt being too loose, or my cleats not fitting quite right. When I didn’t have any of those distractions, I played my best soccer.
As a coach, I spend a lot of time in soccer cleats, perhaps the same or even more so than when I was a player. Since I spend so much time in cleats, I probably choose comfort as my primary requirement when trying out new cleats for coaching. I still play soccer so my requirements for cleats to play in are a little different.
Mentioned below is a list of the six things I look for when reviewing cleats.
Soccer Cleat Ratings & Score Guidelines
Comfort: How do they feel on my feet? Do they pinch? Are they too wide? Do they rub against my heal? Is the tongue too long or too short?
Touch: Does the cleat provide a good soft touch? Is the area for striking the ball enough to get power and swerve?
Reliability: I want a soccer cleat which holds up during wear and tear. Whether it’s an indoor soccer cleat or an outdoor turf cleat, I want it to be reliable. This means no pieces coming off during games, no studs on the bottom of the cleats coming loose, laces not becoming loose after I’ve tied them, and definitely no falling apart or breaking of seams.
Value: I don’t mind paying money for soccer cleats as long as I get my money’s worth. But paying $150 and upwards for a cleat that is only going to last a few months isn’t what I would call value.
Function: There are different soccer cleats for different types of players, but if I buy a pair of soccer cleats which are supposed to be light, and when they get wet they slow me down, that’s not my idea of being functional.
Improvements: In this section I’ll write about any improvements that I would like to see for the cleats being reviewed. Not all cleats are perfect, right?
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