Use every advantage to put the ball where you want it.
When you're playing indoor soccer, called "Futbol Rapido" or "fast soccer" in Mexico, the harder surface causes the ball to move much faster than it would roll on grass, forcing you to react faster. You want every edge you can get for balance as well as accuracy in both passing and shooting the ball. Indoor facilities can have different types of surfaces: Some are carpet-like AstroTurf; others are artificial field turf with fill material such as ground-up rubber or cork. Shoes have been created especially for each type of surface so that you can perform your best.
Balance and Stability
With indoor soccer shoes, you have better balance than with other types of shoes. When cutting and turning, you want your foot to have close contact with the floor without a layer of cushioning . A flat sole can also help prevent ankle injuries, since your foot has a more stable base of support. The structure of an indoor soccer shoe is made for the cutting and running a player does in a soccer game. Some shoes are even made with suction-like grip patterns to prevent slipping.
Soccer Shoe Uppers
Indoor soccer shoes have specially designed uppers that give you a better touch on the ball. The upper, which contacts the ball, is made of synthetic and natural materials, including leather, calfskin and kangaroo skin, which assist in gripping for better ball control. They can even create a bend on well-struck balls, as many have flaps that cover your shoelaces so they do not interfere with the accuracy of your kick.
Say No to Running Shoes
Resist the temptation to use running shoes for soccer. The thick soles are filled with air and gel to reduce impact when running. Many running shoes have a large heel that forces wearers onto their toes to increase speed. Running shoes are made for the wearer to move forward. While ideal for straight ahead running on hard surfaces, they will be unstable on artificial turf and when cutting, turning or balancing on one leg to take a shot. Indoor soccer shoes have a gum-rubber, non-marking flat outsole ideal for turning on a dime.
If you're playing indoors on field turf, a turf shoe works best. Turf shoes feature small rubber studs on the soles to improve traction and will not rip up the turf. The give on field turf is different from a grass field or an indoor field covered with a carpet-like AstroTurf material. With a carpet-like material, cleats are not allowed because they will rip up the surface. You are allowed to wear flat-bottomed shoes on field turf, but you might sacrifice traction.