Goalie gloves are specially made equipment designed for the hands of those playing goalkeeper in Britain's favourite sport, football. While early goalie gloves were little different from conventional gloves, today's goalie gloves are designed with numerous features. These features include many glove styles comprised of various finger protectors and protective padding schemes. Properly sized goalie gloves are pivotal to a quality on-field performance.
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Things you need
- Fabric tape measure
Choose a style of goalie glove. The basic concept of goalie gloves is the same across all makes and models -- to provide protection to the hands and fingers from the impact of a kicked ball. Different styles, however, offer variations on this basic design. Base your style on the level of soccer you intend to play. Gloves with thicker padding, elaborate finger protection designs and moisture wicking are for higher levels of competition. Youth and amateur gloves, conversely, offer less elaborate protection.
Choose the correct glove size. Measure your hands. Acquire the circumference of your hand just below the knuckles, excluding your thumb, by wrapping a measuring tape around it.
Round your measurement up to the nearest whole centimeter. Add 2.5 cm (1 inch) to this rounded measurement. The resulting numeral is your approximate soccer goalie glove size.
Tips and warnings
- Also choose a looser fitting glove, even if it means choosing a size up. Uncomfortably small gloves can irritate your hands and even disrupt circulation.