Best Footwear for Indoor Soccer
Indoor soccer and futsal are challenging sports, requiring quick changes of pace and direction. Because of this, the type of footwear players choose is an important decision. Players who have the right footwear can often outperform their rivals on the court with superior pace and control.
Indoor soccer and futsal court surfaces differ. Turf often covers indoor soccer courts (though not always), whereas futsal uses a hard, indoor surface, often a repurposed basketball court. The court surface, therefore, has a material impact on the type of shoes that you choose for each sport. Futsal and indoor soccer shoes have slightly different properties.
Indoor Soccer Shoes (For Hard Surfaces)
Although the basics of most shoes are the same, indoor soccer and futsal shoes differ slightly.
Indoor soccer shoes usually feature a flat gum rubber outsole. The purpose of the outsole is to provide a secure gripping surface that players can use to turn on hard floors. The rubber creates friction with the surface, allowing the player to push off in a new direction at a moment’s notice. The rubber outsole usually envelops the entire bottom of the shoe and curves up slightly around the ball of the foot and the toes. This curved section allows players to push off at sharp angles without experiencing any reduction in grip.
Indoor soccer is sometimes played on hard courts whose primary purpose is something else, such as basketball. Many indoor soccer shoe manufacturers, therefore, design the shoes that will not leave marks on the floor surface. Indoor soccer shoes are lightweight and can usually double up as sneakers and can be worn casually, unlike outdoor soccer boots.
Indoor Soccer Shoes (For Artificial Turf)
Traditional studded soccer boots are not ideal for artificial turf. Unlike its organic counterpart, it cannot recover and regrow after a match. Manufacturers have, therefore, created a special kind of soccer boot designed for artificial turf, called turf boots. These boots feature the hallmark studs of classic soccer boots, but they are made of soft rubber, rather than a combination of protruding plastic and metal. Manufacturers claim that these soft studs on the outsole help to improve traction during direction changes on artificial turf, but there’s no reason why these same shoes can’t double up and work just as well on hard surfaces.
Futsal shoes tend to be very similar to indoor soccer shoes, but with an additional on being lightweight. Futsal shoes feature rubber outsoles enabling players to make quick changes of direction.
It’s worth noting that durability doesn’t necessarily improve with price. If you’re looking for a futsal shoe to last for the long-term, you may be better served by an entry-level or mid-range product. High-end shoes are often designed to weigh the least possible while supporting the player. The choice of materials can affect the length of time that it can last. If, however, you need something light for a competitive event, then the more you spend, the lighter shoes become.
Which type of shoe will you choose for your next game?