Level 7 Referee
Thank you guys! Now really stupid question… studs I take it?
And just for fun… what colour whistle (not sure but seen many refs get passionate about the colour
I do own a pair of molded firm-ground studs (or as we say in the US, cleats), but I rarely wear them. So many of my games are on FieldTurf or really hard fields. The only time I've worn them this spring was when I ran a line for a college match and it was a wet field. The field was immaculate, so I was able to wear the studs without any discomfort.
This is what I usually wear based on field and refereeing role
FieldTurf (4G) center - black running shoes
Grass center - Trail running shoes (seriously, think about doing this - I know tradition is to wear traditional boots, but trail running shoes are really comfortable and have very good grip on all but the most saturated surfaces)
All ARs - Turf soccer shoes (Many referees wear the Adidas Mundial Team boots, but I wear a pair of New Balance shoes since I have pretty wide feet)
As for whistles, I always carry one white whistle so I can see it if I drop it. My two combinations are a black Kakapo/white Acme 635 and a white Acme Thunderer/blue Fox Fuzion.