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Studs on football boots.....

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Kes

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Law 4 simply says the player's equipment has to be (in the opinion of the referee) "safe" and not much else really.
My question is, are smooth metal studs (the same as found on rugby boots) perfectly acceptable for a football match safety-wise, and if not why not? Opinions are not what counts here - facts and "legality" are what I'm interested in.
Chaps? :)
 

Charlie Jones

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at the moment, no, they are still allowed - FIFA have still left the discretion with the referee and has left it as part of the 'safety of equipement checks' that the ref must check. Gordon Taylor wants them to be banned due to the injuries they can cause (getting stuck in the ground meaning you cannot pivot properly) and obviously the gashes/scars they can cause if 'sharpened' by walking on concrete etc ...

I don't think many people these days play in them, and I for one have not seen ANY on sale in the last few years, they are all plastic blades, moulded plastic studs or metal studs so anyone wearing them would be wearing some old boots!

so, in short, at the moment, so long as the blade is shorter than 21mm you have the discretion to say yes or no.
 
#3
21mm? Where does that come from?

The LOTG do not specify material of the studs so they're perfectly legal unless you think they're dangerous. And the only reason you'd have to consider them dangerous is if they have sharp edges - and the same applies to plastic studs anyway.
 

Mike

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21mm? Where does that come from?

The LOTG do not specify material of the studs so they're perfectly legal unless you think they're dangerous. And the only reason you'd have to consider them dangerous is if they have sharp edges - and the same applies to plastic studs anyway.
It's in the same bit of the book that says you can't be more than 0.9m away from the touchline to take a throw...



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Yampy

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I don't think many people these days play in them, and I for one have not seen ANY on sale in the last few years, they are all plastic blades, moulded plastic studs or metal studs so anyone wearing them would be wearing some old boots!
The all new Puma King SG boots:-


Look very metallic to me and the ones I use look and feel very real too. I bought them earlier this year.
 

Charlie Jones

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ha-ha

I concede, I got confused with rugby studs!

in all honesty, looking at both rugby and football studs - the rugby ones look longer? and bulkier?
 

Kes

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I know mate. ;) :D
Truth is, this thread of mine stems from being asked a simple question the other day by a parent to which I couldn't reply honestly because I don't really know the answer. :(
She asked "can my son just wear his rugby boots for playing football?"
I'm almost certain that rugby doesn't allow synthetic studs onto the field, only metal ones (that are smooth of course) but wasn't sure about vice versa. :)

I told her I thought he could provided the ref viewed them as "safe" but that I would find out for sure and let her know.
 
#12
I found myself here trying to learn the answer to exactly the same question - can the same boots be used for football and rugby?

...but I am from the other side (I'm a rugby ref).

Laws of the game *FOR RUGBY* say conical/round studs:
  • Must not be longer than 21 mm
  • Must not have any burring or sharp edges
  • At least 10mm diameter at the end <--- this is why many football studs are not OK for rugby
  • All edges of the studs/cleats should be finished smooth and rounded to a radius of not less than 1mm.
Other studs (including blades) are permitted as long as "the shape and dimensions of other stud/cleat designs should be such that they present a no greater risk of injury to another player than the stud/cleat [described above]" - in practice this means any blade which feels to have sharp corners may not be accepted by the ref.
 
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