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Question Number: 29168

Law 4 - Players Equipment 2/12/2015

RE: Adult

Adamu Isah Oluwe of Lokoja, Kogi Nigeria asks...

Good day sir.
Is it a must for a goal keeper o put on hand glove? or is hand glove a compulsry equipment of players? if a goal decides not to wear hand glove, will he not be allowed to plat a match?

Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

Goalkeeper gloves are optional.

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Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Adamu
The use of gloves by goalkeepers is optional. Older persons will remember times when goalkeeper gloves were the exception rather than the norm.
The use of goalie gloves became more common in the early 1970s, but many goalkeepers still only wore them in wet conditions. Furthermore, the lack of specialized goalie glove manufacturers meant that some of the era's best goalies were still playing in gardening gloves. Gordon Banks, the legendary English national team goalkeeper, only started using goalie gloves as an experiment in the 1970 Mexico World Cup, says the British Glove Association website.
Here is an old video of a game where both goalkeepers were not wearing goves.

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Answer provided by Referee James Sowa


I have played with people who absolutely refused to wear gloves. I personally think those guys are crazy, but it is within their rights to not wear gloves. They are not required equipment for the goalkeeper.

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