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Question Number: 29681

Law 4 - Players Equipment 9/11/2015

RE: rec Adult

Steve Percival of Market Harborough, Leicestershire England asks...

Are there official guidelines for goalkeeper gloves, especially relating to sizes or material?
I ask after a random pub chat, where we were discussing if it would be possible for a goalkeeper to wear one ridiculously big glove to stop shots and a regular glove for throwing, and if there was anything specific in the laws that would not allow this.

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Steve
There is nothing specified in the laws as to size or material used in goalkeeper gloves. It is assumed that *normal/ regular* goalkeeping gloves would be used.
If for a lark a goalkeeper arrived with a ridiculously large pair of gloves the referee would be entitled to ask the goalkeeper to remove them on the basis that he is acting in a manner which shows a lack of respect for the game.

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Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Hi Steve, lol sort of like the way certain goal keepers in ice hockey started wearing HUGE goalie pads and catchers gloves that they literally blocked out the goal!
The picking the ball up might prove interesting, have to wonder what material they would be made of and whether size versus practical pick up and catch ability? I would agree with my colleague Ref McHugh that if we had to actually intervene the keeper could be warned that he could be shown a yellow card and cautioned if we felt the equipment was not in keeping with practical expectations or even safety concerns. IT's not safe, then let the league rule on it as a matter for the committee to review!

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