Can turf soccer shoes be used indoor?

Can turf soccer shoes be used indoor?

You have bought some new turf soccer shoes and you want to wear them indoor for a game of futsal, or mini-soccer? Should you do it?

Yes, you can wear your new turf soccer shoes indoor. Soccer shoes, made for use on turf, are actually pretty good to play with. They can be used on all dry or very hard surfaces, even playing on concrete. The only disadvantage when using the shoes on those surfaces, is the fact they will wear out a little bit faster than using them only on the softer turf fields. But compared to futsal shoes the turf shoes will probably last a bit longer.

Official regulations

According the official rulebook of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) FUTSAL Laws of the Game, canvas or soft leather training or gym shoes are allowed. Although it’s not stated here, they also allow synthetic en textile. The more important thing is the sole, it has to be made from rubber or some similar material.

Footwear – canvas or soft leather training or gymnastic shoes with soles of rubber or a similar material

FUTSAL Laws of the Game

The sole of the soccer shoes

Indoor soccer shoes do not leave any marks on the field. This is the main requirement you need to look for when buying/using soccer shoes to play indoor. Because most sports hall owner can deny your access to the field when your shoes leave tracks on the floor. They do not want to spend a lot of time and money in cleaning marks of the floor because these marks require hard rubbing to get rid of.

Turf soccer shoes have little rubber studs on the bottom, this is the main difference you feel when playing indoor with turf soccer shoes. There is a bit more comfort but there is also more material between your feet and the ball.

adidas Men's Nemeziz Tango 18
The adidas Men’s Nemeziz Tango 18.3 Turf Soccer Shoe has a very unique type of synthetic studs on the bottom of the shoes.

There is also a little difference in grip. The indoor soccer shoes have a bigger surface touching the floor, while the turf shoes only touch with the studs. Because you are touching the floor with a bigger surface, you can put more pressure on the floor. Turf shoes do have a lot of studs, so the difference is very small. And this only applies when playing on clean surfaces, because when there is a bit of dust or sand on the field, it’s more likely you’ll be better of with turf shoes.

Weight difference

There is no real difference in weight of both types of shoes. We have compared the adidas Copa 19.3 Indoor Sala and the adidas Copa 19.3 Turf, and they both weigh about the same. You will not feel the difference when playing.

adidas Copa 19.3 Indoor Sala

Weight: 11 oz.
Product measurements were taken using size 11, width D – Medium

adidas Men’s Copa 19.3 Turf

Weight: 11 oz.
Product measurements were taken using size 12, width D – Medium


Yes, you can wear turf soccer shoes indoor. But you have to be sure they do not leave shoe marks on the field.

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