Goalkeeper Gloves Buyers Guide

It is important for goalkeepers at all but the youngest levels to wear gloves. Gloves not only give you a better grip on the ball, but they offer protection and cushioning for the fingers and palms.

Glove construction


  • The palm is the most important part of any goalkeeper glove because it is where most of the protection and tackiness is needed
  • The grip in the palm area depends on the materials used to make the glove
  • Most gloves are comprised of a smooth latex, which provides the best grip
  • Dimpled and textured latex gloves are also available. They offer more durability but their grip is not as great as pure latex gloves.
  • Some manufacturers also utilize different treatments to increase the tackiness of the glove
  • Typically the better the latex, the better the gloves will perform
  • Ironically, the better the glove, the quicker it will wear out, so many keepers use two pairs of gloves–one for games and one for practice
  • The best latex gloves will begin to flake relatively quickly, but they are still usable until almost of the material has worn out
  • The textured or dimpled palms provide more durability, are less expensive and better suited for practice


  • There are many different types of closures on keeper gloves
    • Hook-and-loop(Velcro-type)
    • V-notch
    • Bandage
  • The style you purchase depends mostly on personal taste

Determining your glove size

  • Most goalkeepers prefer to wear gloves that are a little larger than they actually need, giving them a larger surface area to stop the ball without sacrificing control
  • Glove sizes correspond roughly to you shoe size, and come in whole sizes only
  • If you are between sizes, always buy the larger size

Measuring your hand

Palm size

  • Use a tape measure to measure all the way around the widest part of your palm, excluding your thumb
  • If you don’t have a tape measure, use a string and measure that against a ruler
  • Measure both hands and add 1 inch to the largest measurement
  • For example, if your longest measurement is 6 inches, your glove size is 7

Finger size

  • Some manufacturers also measure by finger length
  • For this, measure from the base of your hand right above the wrist to the tip of your longest finger
  • This is your glove size
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