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Just so others know what they are replying to: soccer or Aussie rules football (I've no idea if the footwear is different)?

 

Hah...forgot about that.  I indeed thought she meant US football.

 

I know cleats are worn for soccer and even my K'er had to have them.  I don't even know what is worn for American football.

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Afl... half the kids have them and half don't... I imagine that it's better to have them but we are talking around $80 minimum because he's in men's sizes...

 

On the other hand I want to help him fit in as he is already the homeschool kid with all the rest from the local school

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I think afl boots and soccer boots are similar ... so not a sports family!

 

I had to google it, but indeed the shoes are similar.  Cleats. 

 

I think they would be more ideal because running on wet grass could be quite slippery. 

 

But yeah ouch on the price. 

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Personally, if he switched right after you bought new tennis shoes, I'd have him earn the money for the new football shoes.  I can't afford to buy 2 pairs of new sports shoes in one season for myself. If he's in men's size shoes, he's probably old enough to figure out how to earn some money, or buy used or borrow a pair of shoes.

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Personally, if he switched right after you bought new tennis shoes, I'd have him earn the money for the new football shoes. I can't afford to buy 2 pairs of new sports shoes in one season for myself. If he's in men's size shoes, he's probably old enough to figure out how to earn some money, or buy used or borrow a pair of shoes.

He's 11. Because of our location there aren't many income earning opportunities.

 

I agree on the switch but it's partly not his fault. He's wanted to do footy for a couple of years but dh wasn't keen due to the culture at some footy clubs. Anyway he got to know a couple of people involved and relented so it's more circumstantial than anything.

 

Thing is we barely get wear out of sneakers anyway because the kids mostly live in elastic sides boots.

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If at all possible, I would get him a pair of cleats. At his age, having the appropriate equipment is important to reduce the chance of injury and improve play. 

 

Because boys grow so quickly at this age, you might have some luck finding used cleats for sale, or finding a teammate who has just outgrown your son's size. It could be worth posting on Facebook or asking the coach to send out an email to the team. 

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If he is doing AFL you might want to look into protective head gear- as more and more is known about concussion it is becoming more common for junior players to have the protective headgear.

I'm starting to regret agreeing to this ... ugh... I thought the no high tackle rule was meant to mean it was lower risk!

 

Should have stuck with the tennis...

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