How to Make Your Own Goalie Gloves
Buying a pair of goalkeeper gloves can be expensive. Manufacturing companies use carefully synthesized materials and rigorous ergonomic testing to get their products just right, but an effective goalie glove can be made at home for a fraction of the price. Goalkeeper gloves in soccer are designed to allow the wearer dexterity and flexibility while providing the grip required to save a flying ball or to trap a ball on the ground. At times, a goalie might need to punch a ball clear of his area, which means a goalie glove also requires grip on the back of the glove and support in the wrist area.
Choose a pair of tight gloves. They should fit your hand snugly, with little to no disruption to movement, and should be long enough to cover the wrist. Measure around the circumference of your wrist and add 1.5 inches. Cut a length of elasticated hook and loop fastener to this length and wrap it wound your wrist, over the glove. Carefully pin the hook and loop fastener into place so that the ends are on the inside of your wrist.
Sew a stitch along one edge of the hook and loop fastener strip, leaving the last inch on each end unstitched. Sew another stitch along the other edge, removing the pins as you go. You should now be able to pull the hook and loop fastener tight to secure the glove. The hook and loop fastener strip also acts as a wrist support.
Measure the length of all four fingers and your thumb. Subtract half an inch from each measurement and cut strips out of the rubber pad to this length. These are grip pads that will go on the inside of each finger. Remove the glove and lay each rubber pad on a finger, adjusting the position until you are happy with the placement. Pin each pad into place, then sew around the very edge of each pad to secure it to the glove, removing the pins as you go. Cut five more shapes from the rubber, identical to the ones you have just cut. Turn the glove over and pin these new shapes to the backs of the fingers on the glove. Sew around the edge of each shape to secure. These provide extra purchase when the keeper comes to punch a ball clear of his area.
Cut an L-shape from the rubber pad. The bottom part of the L should the width of your palm, while the vertical part should be the distance between the base of your fingers to the area below the thumb. The L-shape should be about an inch thick. Pin the L-shape into position on the palm of the hand. Then sew a stitch around the outside edge of the shape, removing the pins in the process.
Julia Salgado has been writing professionally since 2007. Her work has been published by the "Manchester Evening News" and "Q Magazine." Salgado holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Manchester Metropolitan University.