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Question Number: 22676

Law 4 - Players Equipment 12/28/2009

RE: high school athletics High School

Jimmy of Augusta, GA USA asks...

What are the rules for soccer cleats regarding Poly cleats, metal cleats and the poly cleat with metal tip?

Answer provided by Referee Tom Stagliano

Almost all the soccer rules (FIFA, college and high school) start out as similar regarding player equipment.

Essentially, for soccer cleats, the NFHS rules (for high school) state that any type of cleat manufactured explicitly for soccer is allowed, as long as the referee does not believe they have been altered in any way which would make them dangerous. NOTE: Metal cleats that are worn while walking along concrete walk-ways could get sharpened, and referees are warned to check for worn cleats that have become dangerous.

HOWEVER: Each state association is allowed to modify the NFHS rules for their own state. In Massachusetts, soccer cleats with any metal (even metal tipped) currently are illegal.

Therefore, I would recommend that you check with your state's athletic association for high school sports or merely check with the high school soccer coach who should be able to find the current ruling for your state association.

All the best.
- Stag

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Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

As Ref Stagliano notes, metal, rubber, nylon and plastic cleats and studded cleats manufactured for soccer are allowed so long as the referee does not consider them dangerous.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

NFHS Rule book allows all these types of cleats as long as the referee does not find them dangerous or if they have been altered in any way to create sharp edges.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

While FIFA puts this under the authority of the referee to determine if foot wear is appropriate and not dangerous many leagues have strict policy and ban metal studs completely. Need to check local by laws!

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