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Question Number: 29668

Law 4 - Players Equipment 9/6/2015

RE: 1 Under 14

steve doyle of Taunton, Somerset United Kingdom asks...

Can you wear rugby studs to play football

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Steve
The Laws make no mention of the size or studs just that they have to pose no danger to the player or opponents.
Varying the size of studs is not an issue and pro teams use different length for different surfaces. On very soft ground perhaps the longer rugby stud might work better. I would think though that in football oversized studs would be more of a hindrance than help. Certainly the modern thinking is towards lightness and mobility. Also the larger studs may attract the referees attention which can be unhelpful.
As an aside some time ago I acquired a pair of Asics boots that are worn predominantly in Australian Football. At least that is what the store told me and the low price connected to the promotion of the brand in a competition between Ireland and Australia. Very nice uppers although I found that the longer studs were a noticeable hindrance while running and they were soon discarded. They would be perfectly safe to play in yet I would not use them.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Steve
essentially the nastier your boots look the greater the scrutiny on tackles you will receive. Plus speed and control are essential do they provide that assurance? As long as they are not cutting edges or dangerous in the opinion of the referee they could be permitted. Local ROCs though artificial turf fields and selected fields may have conditions, on lengths and types on a banned list that can or can not be used.

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