Why Cleat Studs are Different for Indoor and Outdoor Soccer
No matter which team’s soccer jerseys you wear, it’s clear that soccer is a game of running. This makes the traction on your cleats very important. This depends on the studs and how well they can dig into the field. The cleat’s studs are tailored for the type of surface that you will be encountering indoor or outdoors. Each type of cleat has studs varying in size, number and material.
Indoor soccer is usually played on synthetic or artificial turf. Because there is little use for a cleat to dig into the surface, these indoor soccer shoes are smooth and stud-free. Although most indoor shoes are smooth, the firm ground cleat can also be used.
The firm ground cleat is versatile and can be used on a variety of indoor and outdoor surfaces. Its studs are usually short plastic studs that are distributed throughout the bottom of the shoe. This cleat is usually the default.
For outdoor fields there is also the soft ground cleat. It’s used for wet fields and with thick grass. This cleat has longer metal and plastic studs for digging into deep mud or grass, according to Soccer Garage. These studs are not as thoroughly dispersed on the shoes.
The last outdoor cleat is the hard ground cleat. This is for fields with sparse grass and clay surfaces. The studs are short and plastic like the firm ground studs, but there are more studs throughout the shoe.
Good luck choosing the right shoes for your soccer goals.