Sports Glasses

Law Four of the Laws of the Game — The Players’ Equipment — states that a player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to him or herself or another player, including any kind of jewellery.

Therefore, players are permitted to wear sports glasses, sports goggles or sports sunglasses provided that, in the opinion of the referee, they pose no danger to the player wearing them or other players.

Though it would be considered unusual for a referee to prevent a player taking part in a match because he or she was wearing modern sports glasses, this decision is still up to the individual referee of the match.

To wear sports glasses in MWFA matches, players must have their sports glasses approved by the MWFRA Floor Member.

For sports glasses to be approved by the MWFRA, the following two conditions must be met:

  1. Hard surfaces of the glasses must be wholly plastic. This includes the frames, lenses and arms. Plastic is the safest material available for frames and lenses. Some exceptions can be made, such as glasses with arms wrapped in foam, but these exceptions must be physically inspected.
  2. The glasses, when worn during play, must be firmly secured to the head. This takes the form of a band around the back of the head, such as elastic bands found on swimming and ski goggles. This is required so that in the event of medium to heavy challenges in play, particularly in the air, the glasses will remain firmly secured to the head and do not fall off. If the glasses were to fall off, this presents a significant safety issue for both the wearer and other players on the field.

The MWFRA is aware that proper sports glasses (professionally made for that purpose with polycarbonate frames and lenses and elastic bands) can cost up to hundreds of dollars and purchasing such glasses may not always be cost effective.

Therefore, the MWFRA does not expect that all players who require sports glasses will have those types of glasses, and home made ad hoc solutions that satisfy the two conditions above will be acceptable.

To have sports glasses approved, players should take two close up photos of the glasses by themselves (angles from the front and side) and two photos of themselves wearing the glasses (angles from the front and the side) and then email those photos to the MWFRA Floor Member.

The MWFRA Floor Member will then consider the safety of the glasses, and if satisfactory, directly advise the MWFA that the glasses have been approved. If the glasses are not satisfactory, then the MWFRA Floor Member will contact you directly and advise of any additional actions that are required.

The MWFRA Floor Member is contactable via email at reports@mwfra.org.au.

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