6 Steps To Tape Earrings For Soccer -The Definitive Guide

Updated on 
February 19, 2021

Back in the days when I was playing professionally, there was no guide on how to tape earrings for soccer.

That’s why I created this guide. To show you two ways:

  1. Tape your earrings with small plastic band (non-competitive games)
  2. Put your earrings down in the locker room (competitive games)

There are a few restrictions when you can, and when you can’t tape your earrings for soccer. But don’t worry! I will explain everything just in a minute!

First of all, let’s take a look on how to actually tape your earrings with a plastic band.

Step 1: Get a waterproof plastic band-aid

The important thing is that the actual plastic band-aid is made for sport activity and it’s waterproof.

I think I don’t have to tell you that when you play soccer you will sweat a lot.

When you sweat, your plastic band-aid might loose and fall down.

I found these to be very effective:

They are made for sport and stay in place when they get wet. They cost only 23$ and you get 30 counts (packs of 5) and they will last for 1-2 months.

 Step 2: Use scissors to make it a right size

Depending on the size of your band-aids, you’ll want to use scissors to make them shorter in length. You don’t need the full size.

All you need to do is to cover only your earrings + 0.5 cm of your ear.

Trust me, there’s no need to tape your whole ear! Just make sure that the size will cover the earring from both sides.

Step 3: Tape your earring with a band-aid

Now very simply and gently tape your ear with the band-aid.

Make sure it covers the whole earring + 0.5 cm of the ear from both sides.

There’s no need to overthink this step. But try to do it correctly.

Your ears will thank you for it.

Step 4: Gently put them down

After a soccer training, when you’re done, gently put the plastic band aids down. This should be very simple. If you sweat a lot, the places where earrings will get wet and the band aid will be easy to remove.

Just please, don’t do it aggressively or too fast. You can very easily damage your ear if you pull too fast as the band aid can get sticky to the earring.

Step 5: Use alcohol to clean the earrings

This especially applies to you if you’re a guy and you just got earrings a few weeks ago. This will prevent any inflammation and will kill all the bacteria.

I found these to be very reliable:

If you use these, there’s no need for anything else as these are prep pads.

In case you use alcohol in the form of some spray, take a cotton swab, spray some alcohol on it and clean the places where earrings are attached to your ear.

Make sure to always clean your hands before doing this.

Can you play soccer with earrings competitively?

There was a lot of misinformation on the internet so I had to really dig to find a right answer to this question:

Can you play soccer with earrings? No, you can’t play competitive soccer matches with earrings, or any other type of jewelry. Rules also don’t allow you to use plastic bands to cover your earrings. So before the game actually starts, make sure to put your earrings down or else you won’t be able to participate in the game.

Players like Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo or Pogba are famous for wearing earrings. However, they never wear them on the soccer field when actually playing competitive games.

They can wear them on the warm up, but when they go back to the locker room for exchange, they have to put them down.

See in this image, Cristiano with the earrings on the warmup.

Can you play soccer with piercings?

There was also a lot of discussion on this topic. Whether yes or no, it depends on the place of your piercing. If it’s in some unseen place, maybe you’ll be alright.

When playing a competitive match, you cannot have any piercings that you can put down. When it comes to playing soccer casually, I highly recommend and stress to put your piercings down. This way you will avoid all necessary contacts that could result in some serious injury. It’s better to be safe, then play soccer with fear of getting hurt.

Of course, you might have a piercing that is fresh and it could be painful to put it down after such a short period of time.

If that’s the case, I recommend you to rather wait a few weeks until you can put down your piercing effortlessly.

Why can't you wear earrings or any jewelry in soccer?

If we’re talking about a competitive match, there’s a rule in place that restricts all types of jewelry. Be it rings, earrings, necklaces or piercings. It’s simply due to safety precautions. Anything that could be potentially harming to other players is banned.

Honestly, I think this is a very good rule.

Just imagine how dangerous it could get if you would tackle a guy with some necklace. I don’t even want to imagine what could go wrong.

Because as the one saying says: “if anything can go wrong, everything will go wrong”

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Tom Lindeman
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