The winter football season is upon us and the time for FG and SG-Pro boots is still far in the future – for now AG boots reign supreme. Wait were there too many abbreviations for you there? We don’t blame you and there is certainly no reason to despair. Here we take a look at what AG boots are and why you need them.
Have you often read the abbreviations FG, SG-Pro, or AG and wondered what the difference really was? We definitely understand you and therefore give you a little explanation of it all here. Basically the acronyms stand for Firm Ground (FG), Soft Ground (SG) and Artificial Grass (AG) and describe the construction of your sole/studs. It’s to determine what type of surface you play on.
In this article we will focus on AG and the reasons why you should always use them when playing on artificial grass. This configuration is comprised of a durable sole, paired with a larger number of shorter and softer studs that give the optimal grip on the pitch. Because grip is what it’s ultimately all about when it comes to the different stud-configurations.
But why can’t I just play with my FG, or SG-Pro boots on artificial grass? The answer is actually fairly simple: These two stud-configurations aren’t geared to perform on the material that artificial grass is made of. This in turn means you in the long run will greatly increase your risk of damaging your body, as well as your football boots too.
The surface is made with a different structure than natural grass and that means it wares up regular football boots much faster. That’s why AG boots generally perform far better on artificial grass, because the material is developed specifically to withstand the rougher conditions.
As previously mentioned the different stud-configurations are all about giving you the optimal grip on the pitch. Where FG football boots are developed for standard grass pitches with a firm structure and the SG-Pro is for wet and soft grass pitches, the AG boots are made to give you the very best movability on the artificial grass pitches.
And what does that mean? Well, when you play with football boots for artificial grass (or AG, like you should get accustomed to calling them) you will be able to dig into the ground in the most optimal way, when compared to football boots with longer studs. This results in a configuration with a larger amount of studs and in a shorter variation. This way you avoid sliding around on the pitch, or getting stuck in the ground and twisting a joint – both scenario’s that have caused an humongous amount of injuries through football history.
Artificial grass has become a very popular surface, which is used by the vast majority of clubs. Winter is currently upon us and throughout this frosty period it has become increasingly clear that the need to AG boots is ever increasing, as people begin to realise the massive benefits of it. We hope this short guide gives you some clarity as to why a pair of AG boots is a worthy investment and why your choice of boots should never be FG, or SG-Pro on artificial grass.
We have in this article focused on AG football boots, which are football boots for artificial grass. As we get closer to spring, we will also look at FG and SG-Pro boots, which probably have also sparked a question or two…