How to Choose Goalkeeper Gloves

LEVEL

Match: These gloves are designed for goalkeepers consistently playing at a top level — think high school and collegiate teams. Typically, they are constructed using high-quality latex to maximize grip of the ball. As a result, match gloves require a greater amount of care in order to extend their life.

SUPPORT

Fingersave: Depending on preference, fingersave gloves provide additional support in the form of spine-like inserts placed behind each finger. Fingersave gloves reduce the likelihood of hyperextension when catching a ball shot with force or diving at an attacker’s feet.

The adidas Predator Pro FS contains fingersave support to keep fingers in more natural positions.

CUT

Flat palm: The standard cut for goalkeeper gloves. These are created using a singular piece of latex foam and are generally feel looser on the hand compared to other fits.

A flat palm glove uses one piece of latex stitched around the outside of the fingers.
The latex of roll finger gloves is seamlessly connected to the backhand.
A negative cut glove places stitching inside the glove.
The PUMA Future 5.1 Grip gloves utilize a roll finger cut on the index and little fingers, with a negative cut on the ring and middle fingers.

PERFORMANCE

Weather and field conditions undoubtedly impact goalkeepers. For this reason, many manufacturers incorporate specially coated latex in their products, primarily at the match glove level. Nike, for example, applies its All Conditions Control (ACC) technology to enhance control in extremely wet and dry environments. Look for similar innovations across match gloves from different brands.

Nike’s All Conditions Control is promintently called out on the gloves.

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Click here for sizing information as well as tips on extending the life of your gloves.

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