The following items of jewellery are to be removed prior to playing:
No earrings of any kind.
Any kind of jewellery around the eyes, nose or any other part of the face.
All bracelets (including metal, rope, plastic, fabric…etc)
May be worn but must be covered or padded in order to be safe for all players.
It is recommended that body piercing be removed. If the item becomes visible then the referee will insist on the item being removed.
Players are not allowed to wear any kind of watch.
The sole exception is a smooth wedding band which the referee is convinced cannot be removed, and which poses no danger to any player (including themselves).
If in the case of a raised surface on a ring that absolutely cannot be removed by the player, the ring must be adequately padded and the referee must be completely satisfied of its safety.
If a player is wearing hair beads the hair must be tied in a bun or covered by a hair net. Loose beaded hair is not to be allowed.
Religious clothing which is recognized by FIFA or the appropriate national football body in the country in which the tournament is being played in, will be permitted.
No hats are allowed on the field of play with exception for goalkeepers using one made of a soft material such as a cycling hat as an eye shade.
No bandanas are allowed
Sweatbands are allowed providing it is being used solely for the purpose of removing sweat.
Hair bands, rope or string tied around the head will not be allowed.
Are allowed but would suggest the player consider wearing sports spectacles or contact lenses for the safety of themselves & others.
Modern protective equipment such as headgear, facemasks, knee & arm protectors made of soft lightweight, padded material are not considered dangerous and are therefore permitted. (FIFA)
Orthopaedic Supports e.g. Knee Braces
FIFA Circular 863 states that the vast majority of commercially manufactured supports are safe to use.
The major concern is not the “hardness” of the equipment alone, rather it is whether any part of it can
cut or wound another player. Any support must be safe for all players & adequately padded if
If the player is allowed to play with the support and is observed by the referee to be “using it to gain any
sort of an advantage” or in any means to intimidate an opponent they will be cautioned (yellow card) by
the referee and given the choice to either remove the support or not take further part in the match.
Players wearing a soft cast will be permitted to play if the cast does not present a danger to anyone (including themselves):
Referees are also to incorporate a footwear inspection into the pre-match safety check of players’
Poorly maintained studs or blades on the sole of the boot can constitute a danger. When inspecting footwear, officials are to be alert to the possibility of the edge of the blades or studs developing rough areas on either the plastic or metal used in their construction. These burrs can become very sharp and have been the cause of lacerations to opponents.
A referee who is concerned over the conditions of blades should refuse their use until such time as the
unsafe condition has been removed.