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Cleats are an essential part of any football, soccer or a baseball player’s uniform, but did you know there are cleats designed specifically for each of these games? While all cleats are built to enhance movement, provide added stability and deliver superior grip, each sport’s cleats have unique designs to fit the specific needs of each sports dynamic style of play, playing surface and level of activity.
Apart from ensuring you’re performing at your best with a cleat that’s made for your game, knowing the difference between types of cleats is important because some sports don’t allow cleat crossover. Whereas a football player can wear molded soccer cleats on the gridiron, soccer players are not allowed to wear football or baseball cleats on the field.
So, what is the difference between soccer and football cleats, and can you use football cleats for baseball?
There are two general types of soccer cleats: firm ground (FG) and soft ground (SG). FG cleats have molded studs and are suitable for most playing surfaces. SG cleats have fewer studs, which can be changed out and replaced when needed. This type of cleat is best for games played on wet and muddy surfaces.
Soccer cleats also weigh less than football or baseball cleats. Lightweight cleats aid soccer players in conserve energy for continuous running. Soccer cleats also differ from baseball and football cleats in that they do not have toe cleats (or the cleat or spike found on in the toe region of a baseball or football cleat.)
Because soccer players often slide and crash into one another on field, toe cleats can be extremely dangerous. If a soccer player tries to take the field in footwear with toe cleats, he or she will be prohibited from participating until changing into legal cleats.
Baseball cleats feature materials like synthetic leather and come with a toe cleat to help players dig in while batting and throwing. There are a variety of cleat styles available to baseball players, including molded, TPU/MCS and metal. Some baseball leagues prohibit the use of metal cleats, so be sure to check with an official before buying shoes that feature them.
In general, baseball cleats offer little protection from contact.
Football cleats, on the other hand, are all about durability and movement and protection.
These cleats are built tough and are therefore heavier than soccer and baseball cleats in order to withstand the repeated contact players experience during the game. Overall size and shape of football cleats vary based on playing position but all football cleats feature plastic studs to help players find added leverage and make quick cuts.
Soccer players can only wear soccer cleats. Football players can wear football or soccer cleats. Baseball players can wear baseball, football or soccer cleats, though experts recommend in-field players should stick to baseball cleats only.
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