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Unannounced Assessment

#22
How many of us have ever actually seen illegal footwear?

My checks are to glance across the top of the shoes--pretty obvious they are soccer shoes, and I'm done. (I may make a joke about no one wearing baseball spikes.) I suppose I also have the advantage in looking at shoes that no one wears screw-ins in Southern California. (I assume they are still a thing in places that actually play on wet fields? Pretty much no grass fields down here permit play when it rains in order to protect the fields.)
 

zarathustra

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#23
How many of us have ever actually seen illegal footwear?

My checks are to glance across the top of the shoes--pretty obvious they are soccer shoes, and I'm done. (I may make a joke about no one wearing baseball spikes.) I suppose I also have the advantage in looking at shoes that no one wears screw-ins in Southern California. (I assume they are still a thing in places that actually play on wet fields? Pretty much no grass fields down here permit play when it rains in order to protect the fields.)
There's no such thing as illegal footwear, the laws just say that players have to wear footwear, and that any equipment a player wears must be safe.

All I look for is any obvious damage to the studs/blades that could pose a risk to an opponent.
 
#24
There's no such thing as illegal footwear, the laws just say that players have to wear footwear, and that any equipment a player wears must be safe.

All I look for is any obvious damage to the studs/blades that could pose a risk to an opponent.
Erm. Yeah. Not being safe would be, err, illegal . . . that's my point . . . and I've never seen it (though more likely with screw ins that can wear down to the metal)

(Used to be that the laws actually had details on what the studs/bars could be, but those are long gone . . .never saw a violation back then, either)
 

Brian Hamilton

I am the storm
Observer/Tutor
#25
How many of us have ever actually seen illegal footwear?

My checks are to glance across the top of the shoes--pretty obvious they are soccer shoes, and I'm done. (I may make a joke about no one wearing baseball spikes.) I suppose I also have the advantage in looking at shoes that no one wears screw-ins in Southern California. (I assume they are still a thing in places that actually play on wet fields? Pretty much no grass fields down here permit play when it rains in order to protect the fields.)
I've seen quite a few in my time, must be the area in which I work. I don't often see £200 Adidas boots or Puma Kings. I've seen plastic blades (cleats) worn down to the metal and I've seen screw-in studs missing so affecting balance
 

markref

Well-Known Member
#26
Same here. I’ve seen players sharpening metal blades on the concrete outside the dressing room by scraping them to knock mud off before the game! I’ve seen badly gouged screw in studs that were razor sharp. But one of the worst injuries I’ve seen were caused by brand new Predators with metal blades.
 

Big Cat

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#27
£200 Adidas boots or Puma Kings
Other brands are available...
This boils down to a personality trait of mine whereby i'm flippant about risk which i perceive to be very low. I'm not as polarised as my posts make out, but that's nothing unusual WRT forum posting. At the same time, i set high standards for myself so this is a bullet which needs biting
Same here. I’ve seen players sharpening metal blades on the concrete outside the dressing room by scraping them to knock mud off before the game! I’ve seen badly gouged screw in studs that were razor sharp. But one of the worst injuries I’ve seen were caused by brand new Predators with metal blades.
Blimey Mark... where the hell do you ref? Scotland? Wales? Or some other developing country?
 

Brian Hamilton

I am the storm
Observer/Tutor
#28
Other brands are available...
This boils down to a personality trait of mine whereby i'm flippant about risk which i perceive to be very low. I'm not as polarised as my posts make out, but that's nothing unusual WRT forum posting. At the same time, i set high standards for myself so this is a bullet which needs biting

Blimey Mark... where the hell do you ref? Scotland? Wales? Or some other developing country?
Risk is a funny thing. No one is too bothered until it bites them on the bum. It's horrible when it catches you out. Sharpening blades on concrete or gravel was thing around here for while too
 

zarathustra

RefChat Addict
#29
I remember when I was at school they banned metal studs for football and rugby as people had been sharpening the edges of their studs to cause injuries to their opponents.
 
#32
I don't know what is wrong with an unannounced observation. We have them here all the time--in fact, we rarely know before the fact that we will be assessed. Nevertheless, this should change in no way your performance on or off the pitch on the day of.
 
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