Best lightweight soccer cleats: The latest ranges designed for speed and agility from Nike, Adidas, Puma, Umbro and New Balance

Best lightweight soccer cleats
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If you're player who relies on speed and agility, you'll want to find the best lightweight soccer cleats to maximise your skillset before the new season kicks off. 

Having the right cleats can make a huge difference to a player's game, with certain ranges specifically designed to assist defenders, attackers, speed merchants and creative maestros. FFT has been dedicating itself to categorising designs to make boot shopping easier for you. If you're simply looking for the best soccer cleats out right now, be sure to check out our other reviews.

But here you'll find the best lightweight soccer cleats on the market right now for goalscorers...

Best lightweight soccer cleats: 1. Nike Mercurial Superfly 8

Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 soccer cleat

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As worn by: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland

Arguably the best soccer cleat on the market right now. In our Nike Mercurial Superfly 8 soccer cleats review, we praised the lightness of these cleats in particular. At just 190g, this is among the lightest cleats ever, despite being made from a material that does offer genuine protection and durability. They're so noticeably light, that even FFT (not quite blessed with the speed, say, of a young Theo Walcott) felt the difference in a game situation. They also offer great traction thanks to a unique stud pattern and are tight on the foot without any chance of coming off. 

The latest Mercurial Superly also boasts 'Anti-Clog Traction' technology. So if your Sunday league pitches are susceptible to heavy rainfall and poor drainage, they could be a good option – no more stud plates caked in mud after the firs five minutes of a game. 

Lastly, they look the part, come in a huge range of colours AND you can customise your own pair on the Nike store if you're really up for pushing the boat out. If you can afford them (they are pricey), they're worth every penny. Trust us. 

Buy the Nike Mercurial Superfly from Pro Direct (opens in new tab)

2. Nike Tiempo Legend 9

Nike Tiempo Legend 9

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As worn by: Harry Kane, Phil Foden

While the latest Tiempo's have been snapped adorning the feet of a host of players in varying positions, FFT's Nike Tiempo Legend 9 soccer cleats review points out the fact that these are, in fact, cleats built for nippy players. That's because, while extremely comfortable and durable, they're among the lightest on the market, weighing in at only 207g. 

It also features a number of other little nifty gadgets, including memory foam and touch pods, designed to specifically help attackers shoot, dribble and control the ball. The chevron studs have been specially designed to add traction, helping attacking players can change direction more easily – perfect for bursting past defenders. 

This is a stunning all-round cleat, and one any fleet-footed players should consider adding to their toolkit. 

Buy the Nike Tiempo Legend 9 from Pro Direct (opens in new tab)

3. Puma Future Z Lazertouch

Puma Future Z cleats

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As worn by: Neymar, Marco Reus, Christian Pulisic, Kingsley Coman

In our recent Puma Future Z Lazertouch soccer cleats review, we praised the authentic leather feel of the cleats worn by some of the nippiest wingers in world soccer. The standard range weighs in a 220g, while Neymar's version of the Future Z are lighter still, made by synthetic material as opposed to the leather on the Lazertouch, so you have a choice.

The cleats are a fantastic fit, offer superb traction, look stunning and are light enough to make you feel as if you're wearing carpet slippers. The Future Z is geared towards attacking players specifically, and come in a range of easy-on-the-eye colours.

Order the Puma Future Z Lazertouch from Sports Direct (opens in new tab)

4. Umbro Velocita 6

Umbro Velocita 6

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FFT was positively stunned by how light they are when putting together our Umbro Velocita 6 soccer cleats review

Weighing in at 190g – the same as Nike Mercurial Vapours – this is an area where this cleat sits comfortably alongside the absolute best in the business. During training and games we took these out for, we half expected to look down and find we were wearing Crocs. Fortunately, what we found down there was one of the best-looking cleats on the market right now. 

You'll absolutely fly past opponents in these, safe in the knowledge that if you are caught, you'll be well-protected by the tough shell and textile. There are some drawbacks, including a lack of flexibility in the soul. But check out our review to find out more about the pros and cons. 

Buy the Umbro Velocita 6 from Pro Direct (opens in new tab)

5. New Balance Furon V6+ Pro

New Balance Furon V6+ Pro

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As worn by: Sadio Mané, Raheem Sterling

Lightweight, colourful and with touches of blue and red across them that just look beautiful, the New Balance Furon V6+ Pro are an absolute triumph. These cleats will give strikers the edge in a foot race since they're so weightless at just 176g – but they're also comfortable, too.

These are the cleats that the likes of Sadio Mané and Bukayo Saka wear. Perfect for a speedster, these shoes look the part, too – and it's important for your forwards to have the style to back up their talent, right?

Buy the New Balance Furon V6+ Pro from Pro Direct (opens in new tab)

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