Save money by properly maintaining your goalkeeper gloves


Optimum maintenance of goalkeeper gloves is important for the durability and effectiveness of goalkeeper gloves. The inside (palm) of the goalkeeper glove consists of a foam which is a natural product. The better this foam (in terms of grip), the less long (unfortunately) will last. So you have to decide yourself what your price-grip-durability factor is. If you keep a few simple “rules” that keep the goalkeeper gloves (much) longer and the properties will remain.

How many gloves per season?

We assume a typical regime where you have 2 training days (including 1 goalkeeper training) and 1 race. Normally you get 4 pairs of gloves on a whole football season. When choosing competition gloves, choose the best quality in a more expensive class. Training gloves you choose depending on the budget you want to spend (possibly with a financial intervention of your football club). Gloves that are covered with sand wear out faster and the sand is getting harder and harder to wash away. For this reason you use a separate set of gloves before training. The gloves you get from the club are only for the competitions.

The competition gloves from last season can be reused to start training in the summer preparation until the end of August. Due to the dry fields in the summer, the gloves will wear out faster, so it is ideal to (re) use gloves that are still in good condition. You only need to provide 1 new pair of competition gloves and training / warming gloves. Use the competition gloves only for the races. These normally go for a whole football season. In the winter stop you can buy a second pair of training gloves to finish the training in combination with the previous training gloves if the quality is still sufficient.

Choose the right size

Buying the right size goalkeeper gloves determines the lifespan of the goalkeeper gloves. Choose the right size. In any case not too small. Too small goalkeeper gloves can cause cracks in the seams and you also run the risk of them wearing harder.

Pull out the gloves

When you stretch the glove, avoid putting all your force on the fingertips. This way the buds wear out faster. The ideal way to remove the glove is to place the glove with the palm on your chest, to release the clasp and then to gently pull your hand out of the goalkeeper glove.

Maintaining your goalkeeper gloves: what should you think about?

1: Keep your goalkeeper gloves moist
The most important thing for a long life of your goalkeeper gloves is to keep your goalkeeper gloves moist. Not only does the wet grip of your gloves improve the grip on a ball, but you also notice that the foam lasts much longer. Keeping Goalkeeper Gloves covered is in line with this basic rule.

2: Never dry your goalkeeper gloves on a heating element.
If you have made the gloves too damp, you can simply squeeze out the excess moisture. Keep in mind that you will not wring, because then you may damage the seams. You should never dry your gloves in a drying cabinet or on the heater. The goalkeeper gloves stay best when they are wet.

3: Use a separate set of goalkeeper gloves for the race and the training.
As already indicated in the section ‘gloves per season’ you best provide 3 pairs of gloves. One pair for the goalkeeper and team training sessions, one pair for the warming and one pair for the races

4: Use a glove bag for goalkeeper gloves.
I always keep my goalkeeper gloves in a glove bag. First clean and keep moist and then clean up. This means they are always ready when I get them out of the football bag the next training session.

5: When not used for a long time – take gloves apart
Do not use the goalkeeper gloves for a long period of time, for example during the summer break, make sure that your gloves are away from each other. This prevents the foam of the two gloves from sticking together. Of course, the chance of this is smaller when the gloves are damp.

For every match and / or training
Wet the gloves (while you have them on) for each workout and match by keeping them in the shower for about 5 seconds. This improves the grip and reduces the wear and tear. In the winter, preferably moisten with warm / lukewarm water, to prevent cold hands. Make a fist to get the most water out of the gloves.

Cleaning back after every training and match

Always clean your goalkeeper gloves after every race and training. The sooner the better. With every ball and of course field contact small stones, mud, dirt etc will attach themselves to the glove. This weakens the inside of the goalkeeper glove.

At the income of the changing room, you put the gloves in the shower. After you are ready to go into the shower, take the gloves first and clean them before washing yourself. Keep the gloves under the warm water and let the water flow on the inside. Rub over the inside (foam) of the glove and you will see that it becomes whiter again. Do not just do this on the palm, but also do your fingers from the gloves so that these too will turn white again.

Also clean the outside of the gloves and the wrist closure so that the gloves are as good as new. Join the gloves and squeeze out the excess water. Do not wring with the gloves to prevent damage.

Put the gloves aside for a moment and so you can wash yourself. After you have washed yourself take the gloves and put them on the couch. Roll the goalkeeper gloves in a towel to absorb the excess water and put them in the glove bag. Put these in the top of your sports bag. When you come home and open your sports bag, you come first to the gloves.

Lay the gloves to dry on a drying rack or a flat surface with the palm always upwards! Do not hang up to dry (using clothespins to damage the gloves) and certainly never in the tumble dryer to dry or dry a heating element (radiator, boiler, …)

As a goalkeeper you ask for respect but also have respect for all your material!

Short summary

  • Choose the right size of goalkeeper gloves
  • Provide 4 pairs of goalkeeper gloves per season
  • Never leave gloves dirty
  • Do not put gloves in the washing machine
  • Gloves certainly do not let dry on a heating element