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The best firm ground football boots you can buy in 2022

22:59 GMT+3 10/02/2022
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Looking for the best firm ground football boots out there? Here are the top current picks from Nike, Adidas, Umbro and more
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If your new year's resolution has been to pick up a ball and get playing, or if you’re just looking to refresh your wardrobe on the field, there’s no time like the present to purchase a new pair of football boots.

But with the winter months come surfaces that can prove unyielding underfoot – and in order to master the harder pitches, you’re going to need boots that are built for firm ground.

We’ve rounded up the best firm ground boots you can get on the market today, depending on what you want out of your game – alongside answering the most commonly asked questions by players looking to get the most out of their purchase.

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What are firm ground (FG) boots?

Firm ground boots, commonly referred to by the shortened phrase FG, are footwear specifically designed to provide the strongest experience for players upon heavy-duty grass surfaces with tough resistance.

Arguably the most common type of boot to be found on the market, they tend to be constructed with blade-like stud configurations, designed specifically to cut through turf that could otherwise prove uncomfortable to navigate at pace.

Given the high quality of surfaces typically nurtured in the professional game – no matter the weather – these tend to be the most popular type favoured by the top-flight athlete too, spotted from the heights of the Premier League across Europe to the perch of Serie A.

What surfaces can firm ground boots be used on?

Specifically, firm ground boots are built for use only upon these surfaces, though they will likely prove functional over different terrain, such as soft ground and artificial grass.

However, any player is unlikely to reap the full benefits on these surfaces and it is therefore recommended that they are kept exclusively to firm ground, if possible.

If you're looking for football boots suitable on other surfaces, read GOAL's comprehensive round-up of the best football boots in 2022.

What is the difference between firm ground boots and others?

There are several differences – some large, some subtle – between firm ground boots and boots designed for different surfaces. Studded soles, for example, are no good on indoor courts, while you’ll need a different type of boot altogether to perform well on astro turf.

Firm ground boots also tend to be built with maximum cushioning in order to reduce stress on the foot and ankle in response to the surface underfoot – a vital part of the job when it comes to ensuring players can reach their full potential.

With that in mind, here are the best firm ground (FG) football boots that you can get right now.

Best overall firm ground boots: Adidas Predator Freak.1 FG

Get the top-of-the-line edge out on the pitch with one of the greatest firm ground options out there now, in the shape of the Predator Freak.1. There’s plenty of variety to the range that Adidas offer up, but this one combines qualities from across the field to deliver.

With a laceless structure and Demoncut body, complete with a raised upper hued in gorgeously deep red shades, it offers a tight, taut finish that allows for all-round competition be it on or off the ball, up front or at the back. It’s a weapon in its own right.

Get them from Adidas for £144.00 (was £180.00)

Best firm ground boots for response: Umbro Velocita 6 Pro FG

Sharp and sweet in its cherry tomato and black combination, the Velocita 6 Pro brings maximum support for minimal fuss when it comes to cutting up the pitch and generating that fast-thinking touch needed to outfox opponents.

It mixes conical and arrowhead-shaped studs across the balls of the sole, in order to help create its multi-tractional efficiency – perfect for turning on a whim to dink out of danger or to get the edge on the attacker bearing through the midfield.

Get them from Umbro for £180.00

Best firm ground boots for control: Nike Phantom GT2 Dynamic Fit Elite FG

How do you improve upon the existent Nike Phantom and its superlative ability to command the ball with every touch? You take it back to the drawing board and somehow make it better with a little bit of Swoosh-logo dust.

This Dynamic Fit Elite second-generation version sets its laces off-centre to help craft a larger zone for comfort and guidance, while its upper brings a raised, rhythmic pattern to aid in producing further spin on the ball. It’s a skilful, savvy piece of kit to have.

Get them from Nike for £244.95

Best firm ground boots for collectors: Adidas X Speedflow.1 11/11 FG

This superb riff on the X Speedflow.1 – ostensibly honouring Singles Day – might just be one of the best limited edition boots out there.

Hued in a bold blue with red and white accents – check out that cross pattern along the edge of the outsole – it brings Adidas’ typically robust technology to bear in impressive fashion, with a laser-cut TPU cage and a Primeknit low collar to help encourage support with serious intrusion.

Get it them Adidas for £180.00

Best firm ground boots for flexibility: New Balance Tekia V2 Magia FG

In need of a boot that can provide something with a little bit of stick-or-twist on tough surfaces? The Tekia V2 allows that magic touch, with its removable insert allowing players to help build the boot to their own satisfaction before every game.

With 360-degree mechanical lockdown, this effort allows players the freedom of working around the pitch with full confidence in their ability to navigate even the toughest of surfaces thanks to its strong rotational support.

Get them from Sports Direct for £78.00 (was £111.00)

Best budget firm ground boots: Adidas Copa 20.3 FG

You don't need to break the bank in order to pick up a quality boot for matchdays or kickarounds. The Copa 20.3 brings old-fashioned style with a modern-blue sensibility to your feet. But beneath the chunky colours, it ensures that you won’t be shortchanged in your command of the game.

Combined with a flexible mono-tongue construction that locks in the foot, its near-dozen-stud configuration beneath the sole offers suitable response and control for a fraction of the cost of several of its peers.

Get them from Adidas for £30.00 (was £60.00)

Best firm ground boots for a classic look: Umbro Speciali Pro FG

There’s something immensely satisfying about slipping on an old-fashioned black boot – and the Speciali Pro warrants the reception, as it throws back to its brand’s original classic look and construction with a fresh lick of proverbial paint.

Inspired by Michael Owen’s exploits for England against Argentina two decades ago, it brings a famous fold-over tongue – itself something of a relic these days – to bear alongside water-repellent K-leather and Memory Flex grooves to provide a foot-hugging finish.

Get them from Umbro for £130.00

Best firm ground boots for acceleration: Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Pro FG

There’s no mistaking the speed you can gain from a standing start with these on your feet – the Mercurial Vapor helps players vanish down the wing.

Its success lies in its innovative plate construction, allowing for firm lift-off wherever you might be on the pitch. Its development has also tooled it to perform stronger on wet pitches with short grass, where the ground is still hard underfoot – allowing you to leave your opponents slipping in the rain behind you.

Get them from Nike for £124.95

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