Jewelry / Equipment FAQ

The Law states "A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewelry)." This is very clear and unambiguous,

The referee, especially the 12 year old referee working your daughter's U6 game, will not permit players to play if they are wearing jewelry or anything the referee deems as dangerous. Here are some FAQ's to help you. If you have any further questions, please contact

My child doesn't want to wear shin guards because they slow him down.
Shin guards are mandatory at all levels of soccer. If a player does not have shin guards on that provide a reasonable amount of protection, the player will not be permitted to play.

My daughter just got her ears pierced.
Earrings especially are dangerous to the player and are not permitted. If the earrings have posts, a ball could strike the ear driving that post into the player's neck. Sometimes player's hands bump and grab things, intentionally or not. Ear lobes can tear easy. The freshly pierced hole will not close in 40-50 minutes. If you are still concerned, your player can put the earring back in while sitting on the bench, but the earring must be removed before returning to play. There is no exception; earrings must be removed.

I put tape on the bracelet or over the earrings.
Tape will not stop that earring post from going into the player's neck. Tape also does not belong over a necklace or bracelet. You must remove the tape and jewelry before playing.

I have a little string bracelet I got on vacation and I can't get it over my wrist.
The bracelet must be removed in order to play. If it cannot come up over the wrist, it must be cut off.

What danger does a rubber Livestrong or string bracelet really pose?
During the run of play, someone's finger could get between the wrist and bracelet. Or that hard rubber bracelet could hit or rub someone's face. They are not permitted.

My child is diabetic or allergic to penicillin and needs to wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace.
This is the ONLY exception to jewelry. It is still recommended that it be removed, however it is permitted to be taped. Alert the referee that it is a medical alert piece of jewelry.

My child is diabetic and wears an insulin pump.
Unfortunately, this is not permitted. A ball could strike and shatter the pump. Additionally the hard plastic could hurt another player. The player must remove the pump before playing.

My child broke his arm and is wearing a cast.
Casts are permitted, provided the referee feels it is not dangerous to other players. This means the cast needs to be wrapped in foam, padding, bubble wrap, etc. If it were to hit another player (inadvertently, of course), it must have some cushioning to it. Have the referee inspect it before the game and adjust it as necessary. If the referee feels the player is using it for an unfair or unsafe advantage, the referee could have the player leave the game.

My daughter likes wearing her lucky pink soccer ribbon in her hair.
Ribbons are soft and do not pose a danger to anyone. However, they should not be knotted. If a player were to grab the end of it, it would be better if it just untied instead of dragging the player to the ground.

It's cold outside and I want my child to wear a hoodie.
We certainly understand the concern about players being warm and it's ok to wear hoodies, turtlenecks, long sleeves, coats, etc. However, they must be underneath the jersey. The jersey needs to be the outermost layer so the colors are uniform and the referee can see the player's number. Hoodies are ok, but the player can not wear the hood and the hood must be tucked under the jersey. A player could grab the exposed hood and pose a choking hazard.

It's cold outside and I want my child to wear sweat pants.
That is acceptable. The shorts do not need to be the outer most layer either. The referee will still need to verify the player is wearing shin guards. Along the cold weather topic, gloves, mittens and knit caps are permitted. Obviously, scarves are not.