Go on boys put on those soft ground cleats, it's going to be an ugly one tonight (insert English accent here).
Having a quality pair of soft ground boots (aka 6 studs) can prove to be an important tool in your shed when you see the grey clouds of rain starting to form.
It's unique design makes you comfortable even in the most uncomfortable situations, kinda like breaking up with your girlfriend while your new girlfriend is waiting for you in the car.
Let's move on, if you live somewhere that has rainy weather throughout majority of the year and your games are mostly on grass you're going to need a pair of these bad boys in you locker.
They used to go by the name six studs because that's literally how many cleats were on the bottom (2 on the heel and 4 under the toes) but people don't call them that much anymore.
These days soft ground cleats tend to have more than just six cleats on them, some are a mix of removable metal cleats and some plastic ones that are permanently in the bottom of the shoe.
Well it's time to learn all about them, the good, the bad and the ugly, give them a test drive and see which pair will have the honour of gracing your beautiful (minus the hang nails) feet.
Oh and whatever you do ignore your third cousin who wants you to buy a pair of boots from Italy that they swear are better than household name brands. If the name brands are good enough for the pro's to wear then they are good enough for you.
Stick to Nike, Adidas and Puma when testing out your next pair of soft ground cleats, and yes you can choose the ones that look nice too.
It's always best to go try any shoes (especially soft ground cleats) you're considering buying in person than online.
Even if you do buy online which is fine go try them on first in the store, just remember your size. The benefits of doing this include getting a feel for how comfortable the shoe is, along with how it feels while having a ball by your feet.
Some shoes may look better online than they actually perform in person so be sure to go in person, ask all your questions and then buy them, or go home and buy them online, it will be our little secret.
Absolutely. Sometimes even if it doesn't rain pro's use six studs during their matches because now a days grounds crews water fields minutes before games.
This makes the pitch slick as ice and if you don't have the soccer boots to withstand the conditions you'll be slipping your way out of the starting eleven.
At the pro level it's not always about the flash and glamour but more so about what works and what's smart. Using six studs when it's a damp field is not only smart but straight up does the job.
You can, but if you're that guy that changes his boots in the middle of a match because you didn't want to wear sixes you better hope it's not the last time you see a pitch.
In some cases you can use your multi-stud boots, they are multi stud for multi purpose situations and if it's not too damp out there they may do the trick for ya.
It really depends on more than a few factors such as brand, use, quality, type of player etc. But in general terms six stud cleats can last a lot longer than regular multi-stud cleats because they are more of a speciality shoe and aren't used as often.
If you consider how often it rains to how often it doesn't you can see why these soccer boots would last up to three or four times longer than a regular everyday cleat.
If you're the type of player who takes care of their cleats such as washing them and putting protective cream on it when you're not playing then you can extend the life of them even longer than usual.
They can, but not always. Some six stud soccer boots are removable and others aren't. I personally like the ones that are permanent because trying to loosen a single cleat can be a hassle and having to worry about another piece of equipment is the last thing you need.
The ones that are removable allow you to switch studs for different field conditions and are quite versatile in that respect. But if you end up losing one of those studs on the pitch good luck finding it.
If you couldn't sleep the night before because it felt like Zeus himself was throwing down lightning bolts from a rain storm, the next day is usually a great time for Soft Grounds.
When the ground is very soft from rainfall, built up water spots or newly laid soft grass, these boots then come into play. So sharpen up those soccer boots when the pitch has been poured on, you're going to need them.
Below is the different field conditions and how soft ground cleats perform on that pitch with a rating of Poor, Below Average, Average, Good, Perfect.
Even Messi has his weaknesses, I think. A lot of cleats come down to player preference and of course one bad experience can ruin a shoe type for you.
Oh I don't know maybe loosing a PK shootout with a certain boot may make you want to throw them into the river, but that doesn't mean it's a bad shoe now is it? Strengths and weaknesses of the soft ground soccer shoe.
Whether you like six studs or not you're going to need a pair. Yes you might think that only defensive players or stuck in players need them but when you get to the highest of levels you realize why they are so important.
Now you know under which conditions your beloved Soft Grounds are ideal for. Don't go watering your lawn just to give those soccer boots a test run, okay it's fine you can, but be prepared to use them in a match too.