A few things which have happened over the weekend got me thinking about the different type of football boots, or that should be more the different stud type in football boots. Specifically for the different surfaces playing on and that we must remember to educate our players about when to wear them!
Let’s face it we are now in a time when so many different boots are around how are parents of some players who do not have a football background know what they are really buying when their son or daughter say they want a certain coloured boot because they have seen their favorite player wearing them on the TV?
Don’t get me wrong I am not having a go at all the different colours and styles available now, as I love getting new boots and have so many pairs in all different colours. I love them! But I also know that you must have a pair with metal studs in for when the ground is very soft due to rain the more winter months. I have always been told by my dad that I should have at least two pairs with me when going to play a game. (He’s not happy with the number of pairs of boots I now have, but hey at least I can say he told me I needed to have the different type of studs.)
So over the weekend I had one of the girls wearing metal studded boots when the ground was rock hard, to make it worse she actually had moulded boots left in her bag in the changing rooms. Doh! That was my fault as I really should have checked before they left the changing room, but that highlights my point in having to educate the players in what type of footwear is appropriate and best for the surface they are playing on.
The introduction of more 3G (third generation) pitches across the country is another factor in choosing footwear. Some players wear moulded boots while others prefer to wear football/astro trainers whilst training or playing on the surface. I tend to wear my moulded boots.
So to my fellow coaches out there, what do you think?