Soccer Referee Resources
Ask a Question
Recent Questions

RSS FEED Subscribe Now!

Q&A Quick Search
The Field of Play
The Ball
The Players
The Players Equipment
The Referee
The Other Match Officials
The Duration of the Match
The Start and Restart of Play
The Ball In and Out of Play
Fouls and Misconduct
Free Kicks
Penalty kick
Throw In
Goal Kick
Corner Kick

Common Sense
Kicks - Penalty Mark
The Technical Area
The Fourth Official
Attitude and Control
League Specific
High School

Common Acronyms
Meet The Ref
Contact AskTheRef
Help Wanted
About AskTheRef
Panel Login

Question Number: 28755

Law 4 - Players Equipment 9/20/2014

RE: Competitive Under 13

Hannah of Saugus, California United States asks...

Hi I'm very concerned. I just got acrylic nails now and I have a game tommorow. I'm concerned that their gonna say my nails are too long... Their a little long but they are smooth on the edges. I'm just soooo worried that they will notice them please reply asp

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Hannah,
I thought the acrylic nails were removable? You could try wearing a pair of thin soft gloves. The laws stipulate no jewelry but if the nails are not considered as dangerous to others? The referee may not have a problem unless you poke someone or scratch someone so good luck, fashion over sports, not my choice, but then I am not a young lady ! Cheers

Read other questions answered by Referee Richard Dawson

View Referee Richard Dawson profile

Answer provided by Referee Gene Nagy


No matter what we say, the only thing that counts is the referee's opinion. If that referee says, your nails are too long for soccer, you are doomed. Chances are, they won't notice.

Nails are not usually something that I would consider a 'danger' to others. Now if you are in the habit of tackling for the ball nails first, that I would notice...

Read other questions answered by Referee Gene Nagy

View Referee Gene Nagy profile

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Hannah
As a referee I have never looked at nails as part of the player equipment check and I doubt many referees would bother. For me nail length is not an issue and something that should not prevent a player from playing. I once had a work colleague who had extremely long natural nails. I would never even think about checking her nails in an equipment check and they would be much stronger than the acrylic type.

Read other questions answered by Referee Joe McHugh

View Referee Joe McHugh profile

Ask a Follow Up Question to Q# 28755
Read other Q & A regarding Law 4 - Players Equipment

Soccer Referee Extras

Did you Ask the Ref? Find your answer here.

Enter Question Number

If you received a response regarding a submitted question enter your question number above to find the answer

Offside Question?

Offside Explained by Chuck Fleischer & Richard Dawson, Former & Current Editor of AskTheRef

This web site and the answers to these questions are not sanctioned by or affiliated with any governing body of soccer. The opinions expressed on this site should not be considered official interpretations of the Laws of the Game and are merely opinions of AskTheRef and our panel members. If you need an official ruling you should contact your state or local representative through your club or league. On AskTheRef your questions are answered by a panel of licensed referees. See Meet The Ref for details about our panel members.