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        What Boots Can You Wear on a 3G Pitch?

  • The style of boots recommended by experts for playing on 3G pitches are those with moulded plastic studs.

  • 3G, also known as third generation, is the official specification for artificial pitches which contain sand and rubber infill. These are commonly found at leisure centres, sports clubs, 5 a side pitches and schools, and they can be used for playing football and rugby. Often they will have a shockpad installed beneath the carpet to enhance the safety.

  • You definitely shouldn’t use any football boots with metal studs or blades on a 3G pitch as these can cause a lot of damage to the surface. It’s best to go for footwear specially designed for artificial grass or with moulded studs.

  • Here are a few examples of boots which are suitable for 3G pitches:

  • Adidas Predator 18.3 AG

  • Nike Mercurial Superfly 360 Elite AG-PRO

  • Nike Phantom Vision Elite Dynamic Fit AG-PRO

  • Puma One 18.3 AG

  • New Balance Furon 2.0 Pro AG

  • The type of boot which suits you best will depend on a number of things including fit and price. Sometimes cheap astro turf trainers can work perfectly well. It all depends what you’re looking for with the best astro turf football boots.

  • Can You Use Soft Ground Boots on Astroturf?

  • You definitely can’t use soft ground boots on an astroturf pitch as they’ll damage the artificial surface.

  • This style of boot is designed for muddy natural pitches as the metal studs sink into the ground to give you more grip when running around. Most players use these during winter when the grass has probably been soaked with rain and you need a pair of boots that gives you a bit more traction.

  • As for synthetic turf pitches, most will have rules stating that you can’t use metal studded boots due to the damage they cause. These can also increase the likelihood of injury when playing on a 3G surface so it’s best to get shoes that are designed for these pitches.

  • Can You Wear Firm Ground Boots on Astro?

  • You can usually wear firm ground boots to play on an astroturf pitch as long as they have plastic or moulded studs.

  • The firm ground boot design is typically used for natural grass pitches with short grass in dry conditions. They are usually fine if the pitch is a bit damp as well but they are not recommended for wet and muddy pitches.

  • These boots usually have studs made from plastic or hard moulded rubber. As opposed to the standard six studded shoes, these will have different sized and shaped studs spread out across the soleplates. If you’re playing football on a 3G or 4G pitch, this style of boot will be perfectly fine to wear.

  • While these are fine for the rubber infilled sports pitches, we wouldn’t recommend them as sand filled 2G pitch footwear. These can wear the studs down and affect the performance quality over time.


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