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Question Number: 4773

Law 18 - Common Sense 11/21/2002

RE: Noncompetitive Community League Under 12

Amanda Lacombe of Edmonton, Alberta Canada asks...

My son is a keeper. I am wondering if it is illegal to use stick-um (a spray on his keeper gloves)on his gloves. THe stick-um would help him to get a better grip on the balls. This would perhaps help him stop the balls that just seem to roll or slip out of his hands. It is not a glue or anything like that it is just a tacky sort of spray. The agent is not super sticky so it would not interfer with the players on the field. ..I know that in basketball such a thing is not allowed because the game involves the use of your hands, but this is not true in soccer...We have asked our coach and they have not even heard of this product and so they don't know if the use of it is allowed or not...Please let me know.

Answer provided by Referee Chuck Fleischer 11/21/2002

Amanda the Laws of the game do not prohibit the use of the product you mention the spirit of the game does! When checking gloves for dangerous items (spikes, rings and brass knuckles - have found them all) I would hate to get stuck to them. I would probably caution for unsporting behaviour, just as I do when a goalkeeper makes marks to help locate the goal mouth. This is a game where players demonstrate their skills, which always involve ball handling and pace. Teach your son skills not how to artificially augment himself!..Regards,

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Answer provided by Referee Krijvenaar 11/22/2002

I would not use, I would get your son to practice catching the ball and he will eventually improve.

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