A good soccer goalie glove is a properly fitting soccer keeper glove. Personal preference has a lot to do with sizing, but generally your glove should be slightly larger than your hand; we recommend a good fitting glove rest about 1/4" to 1/2" over the end of your fingertip. A larger glove can make the difference between a save and a goal, but keep in mind that the more roomy your glove, the less control you'll have.
To measure you hand, and understand your size, follow these steps:
To help you find the exact glove you need, we divide soccer keeper gloves into a few categories, based on their durability and features.
Match Gloves - meant for games, tournaments, and serious scrimmage play.
Training Gloves - meant for regular training sessions, practices, and scrimmage games
Weather Protection Gloves - water/wind proof gloves, designed to protect hands in extreme conditions
Finger Protection Gloves - built with internal stays or spines, to protect fingers from bend-back and injury
That really depends on a few factors, including your skill level, training regiment, and most of all, budget. Keeper gloves can get expensive, and most pro-level gloves feature incredibly sticky latex palm grips, which help you hold onto the ball, but also tend to wear out quickly after regular use. So although we recommend owning multiple pairs of gloves, that may not work for you.
To keep your match gloves performing better, longer, most goalies own two pairs of gloves; one for practice or training, and another for games.
In addition to a pair of practice gloves, many high school, college, and pro-level soccer goalies keep a few pairs of match play goalie gloves in their bags, like weather-proof gloves, finger protection gloves, and hard ground gloves, so they are always prepared, and playing with the best goalie gloves for the field or the climate.
Modern goalkeeper gloves are chock full of incredible technologies designed to sharpen your game, reduce injury, increase flexibility, and improve comfort. With all kinds of names and jargon, these innovations can get pretty confusing, and something can get lost in the translation.
Review our list of the top 10 most popular and widely used goalie glove technologies. to get a better sense of what your glove is doing for you:
This advanced goalie glove stay is inserted into each finger and thumb of a glove, and prevents them from overstraining, bending back, and hyper-extending when fighting for balls and catching hard hit shots. Each ortho-tec stay stick is designed like a snake's backbone, incredibly flexible, but only in one direction. In the other direction, the stays lock into place and remain rigid where fingers would typically start to bend backwards, giving you great finger support without restricting movement. The stays are also individually removable with a Velcro system, for customized glove performance.
Made of a high-quality dampening material and strong embossments on the backhand of the glove, Shock Shield prevents injury to the hand when punching a ball or accidentally getting stepping on by cleats while making a save.
Located between the wrist bandage and the backhand latex, a double-layer of incredibly stretchy, accordion-looking material is strategically placed to maximize wrist flexibility, and improve the tight fit without restricting movement. This lets you freely move your wrist without disturbing the fit of the glove.
Palm protection pads placed on the most used part of the palm help to save your glove from abrasion and damage. An ergonomically shaped added layer, textured and made of special latex, DuraGuard keeps your glove's palm performing and stopping shots game after game.
To improve breathability and keep your hands cool, dry, and playing their best, almost all Reusch goalkeeper gloves use AirVent mesh technology. Strategically placed in the entire upper hand and sides of fingers, this mesh material ensures optimal air circulation and lets your hands breathe.
Designed for entry-level and junior model soccer goalie gloves, the classic glove support frame uses a plastic skeletal system of finger stays and knuckle guards, using a hinge mechanism to protect the fingers from hyper-extending. This frame also supports the natural ergonomics of the hand.
Designed to mimic the natural bend and musculature of the hand, the Bionik Frame is a light and flexible support system that helps to prevent injury and reduce fatigue.
Using the same support structure as the BionikFrame, Uhlsport added separate reinforcing bars that can be placed over any or all finger elements of the frame. These bars boost the strength and reinforcement of the fingers, allowing you to customize your hand for the perfect performance and support.
By integrating ergonomically molded latex elements inside the fingers of the glove, the finger tubes cling snugly to the skin of your fingers, reducing slippage and providing a glove feel like no other. This technology brings you closer to your game than ever before.
An impact-absorbing pad in the glove, with a high-grip abrasion resistant surface, helps to protect hands when punching the ball, and makes the glove more durable.
Soccer goal glove wrist bandages or wrist wraps are the areas of the glove that secure the glove to your wrist. Your comfort, performance, and dependability on the field can rely on the quality and design of your glove's wrist wraps, so it is important to understand the major types of wrist cuffs when looking for your perfect soccer goalkeeper glove:
There are a wide variety of great goalkeeping gloves out there, from a few of the strongest sporting goods brands on the planet. These brands are known throughout the world for having the highest quality, most advanced, and comfortable goalie gloves in the game today. Some are even used by World Cup super stars everywhere.
Learn more about our favorite brands and what they have to offer, to help you determine which glove is right for you: