Other Illegal Equipmnt: Player(s) shall not be permitted to enter the field of play with the following items:
i) Jewelry of any kind that is visible or non-visible, including, but not limited to, wrist watches, earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, barrettes, or any such item deemed by the Referee to be dangerous to the player or to opponents.
Jewelry of any kind that is visible, including, but not limited to, wrist watches, earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, barrettes, or any such item deemed by the Referee to be dangerous to the player or to opponents. CLARIFICATION: Visible shall mean that once an item that is not permitted to be worn by a player, including but not limited to, jewelry or body ornaments such as pierced earrings or navel or tongue rings, decorations, ornaments, etc, becomes visible to the referee who sees that item(s) were previously concealed underneath the player’s clothing or equipment or sees that player has used tape, band aids, cotton balls, headbands, etc. to make any non-permitted item into a non--visible item to cover it up to conceal its existence from the referee that player is wearing non-permitted items. The Referee shall inform the player that if the player wants to be a player in the game that the non-permitted items shall be immediately removed. If the player chooses not to remove these non-permitted items, then player has made his/her choice not to play. Then, the Referee shall inform the player that they cannot enter the field of play as a player for wearing non-permitted items).
ii) Shoes that may pose a danger to players.
iii) Garments that may provide an unfair advantage to a player.
iv) Body or facial make-up that is clearly intended to taunt, demean, incite, or degrade opponents.
HAIR ORNAMENTS ARE EQUAL TO NO JEWELRY RULE NOT ALLOWED FOR A PLAYER FOR SAFETY REASONS
To clarify the recurring question for whether or not a soccer player can be a player if he/she is wearing hair ornaments (such as wooden, plastic, or glass beads, clips, barrettes, etc.)for players if these decorative items are intertwined, inserted, or attached to tightly worn or braided hair styles, these items are considered the same as jewelry and not allowed for any player for recreational, house, travel, or tournament soccer games.
Beads and other decorative items are not part of the required soccer equipment for players and cannot be sanctioned for wearing by the players in competitive play.
Law 4 - Player Equipment - tells us: The basic compulsory equipment of a player is: (1) a jersey or shirt, (2) shorts -- and if thermal undershorts are worn that they are of the same main color as the shorts, (3) socks that cover the entire shinguards, (4) age-appropriate shinguards, and (5) shoes. Approved shoes are either tennis or shoes with plastic or rubber cleats -- no metal cleats.
Referees must enforce the Laws of the Game, particularly as they apply to the safety of players. Law 4 tells us that players must not wear jewelry of any kind. There is only one permissible exception to the ban on jewelry: medical alert jewelry that can guide emergency medical personnel in treating injured players and certain religious items that are not dangerous and not likely to provide the player with an unfair advantage. (Note: These items are to be taped down with clear tape for the safety of the players and for assisting the emergency medical personnel in treating the player).
Beads and other decorative items must be considered as jewelry. They can also be dangerous, particularly at the end of braids. For these reasons, they are not permitted. If questioned by players, Referees will simply refer everyone to Law 4. If a player does not wish to remove their decorative items to conform with Law 4, refereee informs them that the only alternative to removing the beads or jewelry (or other unauthorized equipment) is not to play at all.
NOTE: The player has the choice to make as to whether or not he/she will become a player by removing any unauthorized equipment. If player decides not to remove the unauthorized equipment, the player has decided not to be player.