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Question Number: 29298

Law 4 - Players Equipment 4/11/2015

RE: triple a (competative) Under 14

Erika Matthews of Lehi, UT-Utah United States asks...

Can u wear a wedding ring when u are playing professional soccer

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Erika
A wedding ring or band is considered jewellery and cannot be worn under the laws. Now I know some referees and indeed assessors who do allow players to tape or cover bands. In fact at one time up until 2009 the FA in the UK issued advice allowing referees discretion on the matter. However the advice was subsequently removed in 2009 by the FA to be in line with FIFA although I suspect some referees never updated themselves on the change. Anyway to use FIFAs wording necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings are strictly forbidden and must be removed.

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Answer provided by Referee Dennis Wickham

No. Players must remove all jewelry, including wedding rings, before the start of play. Note: a few players have gotten tattoos on their ring fingers.

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