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Question Number: 24174

Law 4 - Players Equipment 10/17/2010

RE: Travel Under 12

Synomia Smith of Madison, NJ Morris asks...

My daughter just got her cartilage pierced and she plays soccer. how do we go about covering it so she can play?

Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

She must remove the jewelry. Then you can use any kind of bandage you want over the hole that is left.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Synomia
That is a medical question really. Players may not wear any jewellery and it is not permissable to cover jewellery with tape either. If a referee sees taping he/she will want to ensure that it not being used for that purpose..

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Answer provided by Referee Michelle Maloney

Moral of story - don't get new piercings during soccer season.

No referee worth her salt would allow your daughter to play with a visible piece of jewelry. Just because it is taped does not make it less visible or less dangerous - to her or to other players. The Law is very clear - no jewelry.

If she insists on wearing the piercing, she won't play. If she wants to play, she'll need to take it out for the duration of the game.

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Answer provided by Referee Keith Contarino

You don't. She absolutely, positively, cannot tape the earrings and wear them no matter what anyone tells you. From The Laws Of The Game which apply to every soccer player in the world:

All items of jewellery (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather bands, rubber bands, etc.) are strictly forbidden and must be removed. Using tape to cover jewellery is not acceptable.

From Advice To Referees which apply to all soccer players in the United States under the auspices of The United States Soccer Federation:

4.3 JEWELRY All items of jewelry are normally considered dangerous; however, referees should consider carefully any item of clothing or jewelry that is clearly religious or medical in nature and permit it to be worn if it is not dangerous and not likely to provide the player with an unfair advantage.
Players may not tape, cover up, or otherwise hide prohibited items. The player must still be prevented from participating in the match if the prohibited item continues to be worn.
The willful refusal by a player to remove illegal equipment (including items of jewelry), having been previously warned that such equipment cannot be worn on the field yet continuing to do so, is considered unsporting behavior.

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