Those little protrusions on your boot’s soleplate are what keeps you grounded on the football pitch. Given the variety of football pitch surfaces, it’s extremely important the your boots have the right studs to suit, otherwise, your might end up damaging your boots or worse, causing yourself an injury.
What are the different types of football studs?
Firm Ground (FG boots) are those that are worn for natural grass pitches, have moulded-built in studs that are usually bladed in shape. Artificial (AG boots) also have moulded, built in studs that are normally rounded, shorter, and outnumber those in the FG boots, to address the harder, denser nature of AG pitches. Soft ground boots (SG boots) on the other hand, are generally composed of screw-in metal studs, though plastic options are also available in the market. You take the screw in studs in and out of the boot, using a stud key specially designed for the job and made to match the thread of your stud.
Regular Replacement Soft Ground Studs (8mm/11mm)
These lightweight and durable aluminum studs can be used to replaced the studs of the SG Copa, X and Predator. They are 11mm at the heel and 8mm across the rest of the boot.
Long adidas Replacement Soft Ground Studs (11mm,14mm)
You may choose these studs for pitches with more depth, these are 14mm at the heel and 11mm for the rest of the boot.
adidas TPU Replacement Studs
These plastic-based replacements for SG studs are available for the Copa, X, and Predator, enabling them to be playable in on firm ground and artificial (AG) surfaces as well.
Do all soft ground adidas boots take the same studs?
Nearly. The Predator, X, and Copa take the modern threaded adidas studs that are different to other brands; World Cup and Kaizer models use an older thread which is compatible with others.
Do all soft ground Nike boots take the same studs?
Yes the sizing of Nike studs are universal across the Mercurial, Phantom and Tiempo boots, with them working with other brands too (aside from adidas), they do not make their own TPU studs so you have to go to a third party to find plastic studs to add to Nike boots.
Replacement Football Stud Options
Specialist companies have developed their own custom studs to offer a performance advantange over the stock brand options when it comes to the studs on your boots. We have listed some of the main options below for you.
GRPStar Type X and Type Y
The Type X is for all other brands except for adidas which the Type Y caters. They are a no-nonsense elongated conical studs that are based on metal.
AMO Customs Pro
Smart Power The Profiler
The Profiler is a tooth-shaped studs available in plastic and metal versions. It also has a specific-adidas model and generic one for the other brands’ football boots.
Football Stud FAQ
Can you buy plastic studs for the Soft Ground boots?
Yes you can buy FG/AG studs to be used in an SG sole plate. We have a few different options for plastic and TPU studs that you can put into your boots to replace Soft Ground metal studs.
Are plastic studs suitable for 3G surfaces?
Yes, replacing metal studs with plastic ones can make your boots suitable for 3G, especially with adidas boots and their TPU option. Nike boots are more difficult as their anti-clog soleplate can be scratched on dry and artificial surfaces and should only be used on wet pitches.
Can you change studs on football boots?
If you can screw in studs on your football boot, then you can adjust these typically metal options with a stud key, to be replaced with different lengths, to suit different conditions.
Why does a football boot have studs?
Football boots have studs to give you grip and traction on the pitch. Metal studs can be adjusted to give different heights, whilst plastic studs moulded to the boot are permanent and can be either conical or bladed in shape.
What are TPU studs?
TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane) (TPU) is a class of polyurethane plastics, it is used for conical replacement football boot studs, that are suitable to wear on grass and artificial pitches including astroturf.
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