The soccer cleats industry was changed forever in the 1990s when adidas changed the production of cleats with the introduction of new technologies designed in association with former Liverpool and Australia player, Craig Johnston. According to Soccer Garage, these outdoor cleats were game-changers for those looking to develop their range of passing and shooting with rubber patches and strips designed to grip the ball for added movement and accuracy; Celtic and Scotland star, John Collins scored the first professional goal with Predator adidas soccer shoes in 1994 to make these the most sought after cleats of their generation.
Since the introduction of the Predator cleats a range of soccer shoes using new technologies have become the norm for indoor, outdoor, and futsal shoes to develop the soccer shoe to be lighter and with more grip for players to use on all playing fields. Street soccer shoes have become an area of technological advancement in recent years with innovative honeycomb design often used with polyurethane materials used to allow players to feel as though they are playing barefoot.
The introduction of the adidas f50 micoach cleat looks set to bring a further level of technological advance to the soccer industry with more information always available to players and coaches alike. This cleat from adidas uses the latest technology to provide up to seven hours of information about the movements of each wearer including speeds, distance covered, and sprint times downloadable using wireless and USB connections. Information can be shared Online to forever end any debates about who is the fastest, strongest, or more active player on every team.