HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR FOOTBALL EQUIPMENT?

As with the start of the new school year, the return to club football is often an opportunity to dress up with fresh outfits to show off or simply to replace a pair of studs or shirts with holes in them. Choosing the right outfit is not always easy when you don’t necessarily know the differences between the different ranges of products or studs. Many people do not dare to ask the sales staff for advice on how to make the right choice because they are too shy, too lazy, or simply not brave enough. That’s why we decided to accompany you in your approach and help you find the equipment you need.

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CHECK THE CONDITION OF YOUR CURRENT EQUIPMENT
The first step is to do a complete review of your current equipment. Determine if your cleats are in good condition (no holes, no seams that have popped out, no ripped cleats, etc.). Also make sure you have stocked up on socks (at least two pairs to last the week if you have two training sessions per week), shorts, and t-shirts for your training sessions. Once you’ve made your priority list, it’s important to know your practice pace for the coming year.

KNOW YOUR PRACTICE RHYTHM
A player who plays in a club and trains 2 or 3 times a week will have different needs from a player who plays as a hobby once a week. It is therefore necessary to know now what your future practice rhythm will be to determine what equipment will be essential for you. If you play more than three times a week, you will need as many different socks, shorts, and t-shirts. A player who plays more than three times a week will probably need a more durable, higher quality shoe or even a spare pair, while the occasional player may be satisfied with a more basic pair of cleats, for example. However, the quality of a player’s product should not necessarily depend on his level of play. An occasional player may opt for a high-end model, which may not last longer than an entry-level or mid-range model, but will be more technologically advanced. It all depends on the individual’s requirements and, above all, the budget.

DETERMINE YOUR BUDGET
Getting the right equipment is expensive, even very expensive. That’s why it’s important to set a budget before you go shopping. Buying the latest trendy pair of shoes is tempting, but it’s not always reasonable, especially if you have gaps in your other equipment. You should also be aware that top-of-the-range shoes from equipment manufacturers are generally not under 120 euros, as are the match shirts of clubs and national teams, which are more comfortable to play in than replica shirts (costing around 70 euros). Quality comes at a high price but does not guarantee better durability than the lower ranges.

As mentioned earlier, these higher-end products (shoes and jerseys) are more technologically advanced and made of higher quality materials, but they also sometimes have manufacturing defects. The mid-range products, which are around 100 euros, are also of good quality and can be good investments for players looking for quality at a more affordable price. Entry-level shoes are mainly intended for children or occasional players. They can also be considered as an alternative shoe (or as a backup shoe if you prefer).

CHOOSING THE RIGHT TYPE OF STUDS
The choice of cleat type is probably more important than the choice of the shoe itself because no matter how good a pair of screw-in cleats are for natural, greasy surfaces, they will be unpleasant to wear and even dangerous on synthetic surfaces. The same applies to cleats intended for dry natural grass used on a synthetic pitch. This is why it is important to know the type of pitch you will be playing on to choose the right type of studs. To find out which type of studs to choose, follow our special stud guide.

Some of you may play on different types of turf during the season. Our advice is to spend more money on the pair that you will use most (e.g. AG cleats if you play on synthetic turf) and to spend less on a secondary, entry-level pair that you will need when playing on a different pitch. This way, you will avoid playing with bad cleats and risking injury.

KNOW THE DIFFERENT RANGES OF SHOES
Knowing whether you want a top-of-the-range or entry level is good. But knowing which shoes are high-end, mid-range, or entry-level is better. That’s why we’ve put together a short summary, not necessarily detailed and exhaustive, but which will enable you to distinguish the majority of the different ranges by their name.

TOP OF THE RANGE BY BRAND
Nike : Mercurial Superfly 7 Elite, Mercurial Vapor 13 Elite, Phantom GT Elite, Tiempo Legend 8 Elite

adidas: Predator 20+, Predator 20.1, Copa 20+, Copa 20.1, XGhosted+, XGhosted.1, Nemeziz+, Nemeziz .1, Copa Mundial, World Cup

Puma: Future 6.1 Netfit, Ultra 1.2, King Platinium

New Balance: Furon v6 Pro, Tekela V3 Pro

Umbro: Tocco Pro, Velocita 4 Pro, Speciali Eternal Pro

Other equipment manufacturers: Mizuno Morelia Neo 3, Mizuno Rebula 3, Kipsta CLR900, Kipsta Agility 500 Mid, Under Armour Spotlight 2.0, Under Armour Magnetico Pro, Lotto Maestro 200.

MID-RANGE BY BRAND
Nike: Mercurial Superfly 7 Pro, Mercurial Superfly 7 Academy, Mercurial Vapor 13 Pro, Mercurial Vapor 13 Academy, Phantom GT Pro, Tiempo Legend 8 Pro, Tiempo Legend 8 Academy

Adidas: Predator 20.2, Predator 20.3, Copa 20.2, Copa 20.3, X Ghosted.2, X Ghosted.3, Nemeziz.2, Nemeziz.3, Kaiser 5 Liga

Puma: Future 6.2, Future 6.3, One 5.2, Ultra 2.2, Ultra 3.2, King Pro

New Balance: Furon Dispatch, Tekela Pro

Umbro: Tocco Premier, Velocita 4 Premier; Speciali Eternal Pro

ENTRY LEVEL BY BRAND
Nike
: Mercurial Superfly 7 Club, Mercurial Vapor 13 Club, Phantom GT Club, Tiempo Legend 8 Club

adidas: Predator 20.4, Copa 20.4, Nemeziz.4, X Ghosted.4

Puma: Future 6.4, Ultra 4.4

CHOOSE YOUR SHOES ACCORDING TO YOUR PLAYING POSITION
Once you have decided which range you want to go for, you can choose your shoe according to your playing position. It’s important to remember that these are theoretical guides based on manufacturer communication. A ‘defender’s shoe’ such as the Nike Tiempo may well be suitable for a striker, for example. That’s why we offer you an alternative way to choose your shoes.

CHOOSE YOUR SHOES ACCORDING TO YOUR PLAYING CRITERIA OR CHARACTERISTICS
Today’s shoes are more dedicated to a style of playing criteria rather than to a specific position. Football boots on the market can therefore also be classified according to the characteristics that players are looking for.

The best shoes for speed and/or lightness: the Nike Mercurial Superfly or Nike Mercurial Vapor range, the Puma Ultra range, the Adidas X Ghosted range, the New Balance Furon range, the Kipsta CLR range, the Mizuno Morelia Neo range, the Under Armour Magnetico range.

The best shoes for comfort: Nike Tiempo Legend range, Mizuno Morelia range, Adidas Predator range, Adidas Copa range, Puma Ultra range, Umbro Speciali Eternal range, Puma King range, Under Armour Spotlight range

The best footwear with a better touch: Nike Phantom GT range, Adidas Nemeziz range, Adidas Copa range, Puma Future range, New Balance Tekela range, Umbro Velocita range, Mizuno Rebula range, Umbro Medusae range

The best-rugged shoes: Adidas Predator range, Adidas X Ghosted range, Puma King range, Umbro UX Accuro range, Mizuno Morelia range, Adidas Copa Mundial, Puma One range.

The best all-round shoes: Adidas X range, Nike Mercurial range, Mizuno Morelia Neo range, Puma Ultra range, Adidas Predator range

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IF YOU ARE A GOALKEEPER
For goalkeepers, the choice of equipment is of course just as important as for outfield players, especially when it comes to gloves. While Reusch and Uhlsport are the two most common brands on the shelves, there is a multitude of brands that offer a range of gloves. But to find the glove(s) that will allow you to make clean-sheets at all costs, you must also concentrate on the technical aspect of the gloves. For this reason, we have put together a series of articles to guide you through the process of choosing your goalkeeper gloves. Whether it’s the cut or the foam.

KNOW WHERE TO BUY YOUR EQUIPMENT
In theory, you now have all the keys to choosing your football boots. The question is where to buy them? To begin with, you should know that generalist stores such as Go Sport or Décathlon rarely have top-of-the-range products and you will therefore mainly find entry-level or mid-range products in these shops. Intersport has a wide range of products, from top-of-the-range Adidas, Nike, and Puma models to entry-level and private label models.

However, the best way to find all the ranges of a product is to go directly to the official shops of the equipment manufacturers or to order the pairs on the internet via their e-shop. However, we strongly advise you to try your equipment before buying it, so the first solution is preferable. You should also know that there are a few specialist shops that offer a wide range of products with different ranges available. If, like us, you want to buy products that are not widely distributed in France, such as Trusox socks or G-Form shin guards, don’t hesitate to visit the online shops of foreign sites. Finally, you can always take inspiration from us and our football bags for recovery.

This guide is coming to an end. We hope you find it useful. Our goal is not to make you consume more but to consume better and even smarter. Don’t hesitate to ask us your questions in the comments below. Good practice and long live football!

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