Soccer Equipment Rules

Soccer Equipment

Equipment in soccer is subject to certain rules and regulations. FIFA outlines these rules and regulations in the Laws of the Game, which govern play in all FIFA competitions. Read on to learn more about the equipment rules in soccer.

Jersey Colors

According to the FIFA Laws of the Game, players on the same team must all wear jerseys of the same color, except for the goalkeepers. Each goalkeeper must wear a jersey of a different color than the rest of the players so they are easily distinguishable. Both goalies should not wear the same color, unless there are no other jerseys available.

Other Equipment

A player may use equipment other than the basic equipment as long as its sole purpose is to protect them physically and it poses no danger to them or any other player.

All items of clothing or equipment other than the basic equipment must be inspected by the referee and determined not to be dangerous. Modern protective equipment such as headgear, facemasks, and knee and arm protectors made of soft, lightweight material are not considered dangerous and are therefore permitted.

The one piece of other equipment that has several specific rules is the head cover. Where head covers are worn, they must:

  • Be black or the same main color as the jersey
  • Be in accordance with the professional appearance of the player’s equipment
  • Not be attached to the jersey
  • Not pose any danger to the player wearing it or any other player
  • Not have protruding elements (any part or parts extending out from the surface)

The use of any electronic communication systems between players and/or the team’s technical staff is also not permitted under any circumstances. When electronic performance and tracking systems (EPTS) are used, they must follow two basic rules:

  • The EPTS must not pose any danger to the players and/or match officials.
  • Information and data transmitted from EPTS is not permitted to be received or used in the technical area during the match.


Jewelry of any kind is not allowed to be worn by players during a match. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Necklaces
  • Earrings
  • Watches
  • Bracelets
  • Rings

Referees are also prohibited from wearing jewelry. The only exception to this rule is the head referee, who will always wear a watch to keep track of time.

Equipment Violations

Any equipment item deemed to be dangerous must be disallowed from play. If an item of clothing or equipment that has been inspected at the start of a match and determined not to be dangerous becomes dangerous or is used in a dangerous manner during the match, its use must also no longer be allowed.

In the event that Law 4 (The Players’ Equipment) is infringed, there is a specific procedure followed:

  1. Play must be stopped.
  2. The player at fault is instructed by the referee to leave the field of play in order to correct their equipment.
  3. The player leaves the field of play when the ball next ceases to be in play (unless they have already corrected their equipment).
  4. Any player required to leave the field of play to correct their equipment does not re-enter until the referee gives permission.
  5. The referee checks that the player’s equipment is correct and gives permission when satisfied.
  6. The player is only allowed to re-enter the field of play when the ball is out of play.