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Question Number: 29546

Law 4 - Players Equipment 7/22/2015

RE: Varsity High School

Noah of Irvington, new york USA asks...

Am i allowed to wear metal studs for my schools varsity soccer team

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Noah
This question is asked regularly. There is nothing inherently dangerous with metal cleats. All of the world leading shoe manufacturers provide a metal cleat option and they are legal to wear.
Now some facilities with artificial surfaces do not allow metal cleats due to the damage they can cause to the surface. Also some leagues may restrict their use yet those are rare.
I would also point out that any cleat can become dangerous through wear such as sharp burrs from walking on concrete. Ultimately it is the referee on the day that decides if cleats can be worn.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Ho Noah,
st to reiterate my colleague Ref McHugh studs are manufactured to certain field conditions, sand, mud, grass, wet grass, artificial surfaces, wet artificial surfaces. They are made of metal and hard and soft plastics and all have uses depending on the pitch conditions. As to restrictions well as league or ROC bylaws might reflect a concern say curved baseball cleats as not acceptable or long metal studs chewing up their surfaces so they chooses to ban them is something you take up locally. A referee looks to see if they are safe? I have asked players to change cleats and to install missing ones as the real possibility of turning an ankle or gouging an opponent is something each official who actually cleat checks should be mindful off.

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