Law 4 - Players' Equipment
- The basic compulsory equipment of a player shall
consist of a jersey or shirt, shorts, stockings,
shinguards and footwear.
- A player shall not wear anything which is
dangerous to another player.
- Shinguards, which must be covered entirely by the
stockings, shall be made of a suitable material (rubber,
plastic, polyurethane or similar substance) and shall
afford a reasonable degree of protection.
- The goalkeeper shall wear colors which distinguish him
from the other players and from the referee.
For any infringement of this Law, the player at fault shall
be instructed to leave the field of play by the referee, to
adjust his equipment of obtain any missing equipment, when the
ball next ceases to be in play; unless by then the player has
already corrected his equipment. Play shall not be stopped
immediately for an infringement of this Law. A player who is
instructed to leave the field to adjust his equipment or obtain
missing equipment shall not return without first reporting to the
referee, who shall satisfy himself that the player's equipment is
in order. The player shall only re-enter the game at a moment
when the ball has ceased to be in play.
Decisions of the International F.A. Board
- In international matches, international competitions,
international club competitions and friendly matches
between clubs of different National Associations, the
referee, prior to the start of the game, shall inspect
the players' equipment and prevent any player whose
equipment does not conform to the requirements from
playing until such time as it does comply. The rules of
any competition may include a similar provision.
- If the referee finds that a player is wearing articles
not permitted by the Laws and which may constitute a
danger to other players, he shall order him to take them
off. If he fails to carry out the referee's instruction,
the player shall not take part in the match.
- A player who has been prevented from taking part in the
game or a player who has been sent off the field for
infringing Law 4 must report to the referee during a
stoppage of the game and may not enter or re-enter the
field of play unless and until the referee has satisfied
himself that the player is no longer infringing Law 4.
- A player who has been prevented from taking part in a
game or who has been sent off because of an infringement
of Law 4, and who enters or re-enters the field of play
to join or re-join his team, in breach of the conditions
of Law 12,(j), shall be cautioned.
If the referee stops the game to administer the
caution, the game shall be restarted by an IFK, taken by
a player of the opposing side, from the place where the
ball was when the referee stopped the game, subject to
the overriding conditions imposed in Law 13.
1992 Memorandum - Advice to Referees:
The referee is now empowered not to stop play immediately for
an infringement of this law, thus avoiding immediate
confrontation with the player. However, if the player has not
corrected the problem with his equipment by the next time the
ball goes out of play, he will be instructed to leave the field
and correct it. The player will not be allowed back on the field
of play until the next stoppage, and not until after having
satisfied the referee that everything is in order.
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