It is often said that the goalkeeper in soccer has one of the loneliest jobs in sports.

It is true that the goalkeeper spends most of his or her time handing out in the penalty box, waiting for their moment of opportunity to arise. However, solitary or not, the actions (or inaction) of a great goalkeeper can make or break the score for the entire team.


5 Most Popular Goalie Gloves

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Sportout Youth & Adult Goalkeeper Gloves

Brine King Match 3X Goalie Gloves

Sells Total Contact Breeze Goalkeeper Gloves

Reusch Prisma Supreme G3 Fusion

Adidas Performance ACE Fingersave Junior Goalie Gloves

Most Popular Goalie Gloves

That’s why goalkeepers need to put a special focus on their gear, and aside from the consideration of cleats and the uniform, a goalkeeper’s gloves are vitally important.

Goalie gloves, as they are so often called, are specially made gloves that allow for the protection of a goalkeepers hands, allow for better grip of the ball, give full mobility to the fingers, and protect the goalkeeper's hands from the elements.

Goalkeeper gloves are made out of a variety of materials and meshes to balance out protection with mobility, and because of this, there are so many options on the market today for goalies to choose from and make sure that they’re playing with the best equipment possible.

That’s why we’re going to be going over some of the five most popular goalie gloves on the market today—breaking down precisely what you need to know about gloves, their materials, as well as the pros and cons of each of our picks. We’ll also conclude with a few notes in our Buyer’s Guide to make sure you’ve picked up the glove that’s right for you.

What to Look For In Goalie Gloves

Gloves for goalkeepers are so much more complicated than padding and grip. You’ll need to consider each of the following metrics before committing to a glove:

  • Glove type (match, training, or weather)
  • Glove fit (flat, rolled, negative)
  • Backhand construction
  • Finger protection
  • Palm texturing
  • Closure
  • Size

If that seems like an extensive and daunting list, don’t worry; because we’ll be going over what each of these means to you.

As far as glove type goes, the names of each will give away their intended purpose. For example, match gloves are usually made of more premium materials than training or weather gloves, and should only be used on game day. Training gloves are great for recreational and consistent use, while weather gloves need to be used in the rain, sleet, or snow.

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Your glove’s fit is also crucial to making sure your glove provides the mobility you need and is a separate metric than the size of the glove itself. A flat glove fit will give the glove a sort of “crushed” appearance and allows for more finger movement due to the lack of materials.

Rolled fit gloves are more rounded, and while they provide less surface area for the ball to strike, there is greater mobility of the glove itself rather than the fingers. Finally, negative fit gloves are great for smaller hands and will provide the most grip but the least surface area overall.

Another important consideration to make with goalkeeper gloves is the need to have a solid backhand. The glove’s backhand is important since many strikes and punches a successful goalie will make ends up placing the back of their hand at risk.

Backhands are often made of foam or latex, and in weather gloves, will come with insulating qualities or be made of waterproof materials. These are crucial for inclement weather conditions that can pose a serious threat to your ability to play.

Palm texturing is a personal preference from many goalkeepers, although it is not traditionally necessary for play. More textured palms provide a longer-lasting alternative to latex palms, which have a stickiness that may atrophy over time. Palm design and texturing on weather gloves is crucial as well since some are designed to be even more gripping in the rain.

Closure is simply the way the base of the glove can grip onto your wrist. Most gloves use velcro for closure, and like with palm texturing, this velcro may wear out over time. That’s why it’s important to ensure you can adjust your closure and that your fit is not too tight or too loose.

Last, but certainly not least, there is the issue of glove fit to consider. Gloves come in standard sizes, so you’ll need to make sure you know your measurement before committing to a glove online.

Not sure of your measurements? No problem! Just measure the circumference of the widest part of your hand (just below where your four fingers meet your palm, not including your thumb), add an inch to the result, and round up to the nearest whole number.

How We’ve Chosen Our Gloves

We know that not every goalkeeper is looking to play on a professional level with top-of-the-line equipment, but we also know that goalkeepers want more than what they can pick up in their local big box store.

That’s why we’ve chosen our gloves based on a wide range of options, sizes, types, and features. Some of our picks will cost significantly more than others, but we firmly believe that each of our picks may be one of the best options available for certain goalkeepers out there.

Goalkeeper gloves often offer many variations of a standard model for their customers, so if you like a glove we’ve chosen but want a different color, fit, or type, we strongly recommend looking further into the glove to see if the manufacturer offers the variation or aesthetics that you desire in a glove.

Of course, if you’re still not sure if one of these gloves is right for you, be sure to check out our Buyer’s Guide at the end for more tips and tricks on finding the glove that’s going to help you lead your team to victory.

Top 5 Most Popular Goalie Gloves


Sportout Youth & Adult Goalkeeper Gloves

Our first pick is one that focuses on affordability and versatility—and manages to provide both in spades.

The Sportout Youth & Adult Goalkeeper Gloves are match gloves at the price of training gloves. Offering five separate sizes to fit a wide variety of hands, these goalkeeping gloves come with a double wrist safeguard for effective closure, beachhead protection, and a unique finger save system.

This system is designed to prevent hyperextension of the fingers, which is especially common in games. Plus, the anti-slip palms are designed for excellent grip at all times, even in the rain. This makes them a great all-around pick for those who want match gloves that they can beat up a little bit.

The color and aesthetics on these are a little lacking in our opinion, but otherwise, this low-budget option is worth your consideration.

We’re giving the Sportout Youth & Adult Goalkeeper Gloves 3.5 out of 5 stars.



Brine King Match 3X Goalie GlovesC

These vibrant gloves from Brine King offer advanced breathability while still maintaining a low cost.

Brine King’s goalkeeper gloves are always attention-seeking in their bright neon colors and design, and the Match 3X is no different. Whether you go for the sharp green or vibrant red, you’ll be sure to stand out amongst the others on your field.

Trading weather protection for breathability, these gloves from Brine King give a specific focus to a lightweight design. A thicker backhand is traded for breathable mesh by the hands and, of course, hyperextension prevention is included.

Brine King isn’t going to be for everyone, but coming in with six different sizes, just about anyone who appreciates their bold design choices and simple gloves can hope to turn quite a few eyes on the field during their next game.

We’re giving the Brine King Match 3X 3.5 out of 5 stars.



Sells Total Contact Breeze Goalkeeper Gloves

Moving into the more expensive and professional end of goalkeeper gloves, these white gloves from Sells offer intense mobility and comfort.

The Sells Total Contact Breeze Goalkeeper Gloves are the first on our list to feature a negative cut—which is already a huge selling point for those with smaller hands. Aside from this, a sort of paneled backhand increases mobility while still providing the protection needed for punches. With a palm latex design and an all-white finish, these gloves are designed to be pulled out for maximum control of the ball during game day.

We do wish there was a little more in the way of customization, but otherwise, these are the perfect gloves for a balance between affordability and premium features.

We’re giving the Sells Total Contact Breeze Goalkeeper Gloves 4.5 out of 5 stars.



Reusch Prisma Supreme G3 Fusion

Coming in at the highest price by far out of all of our picks, these goalkeeper gloves from Reusch are some of the best on the market today.

The Reusch Prisma Supreme G3 Fusion goalkeeper gloves are hard to miss in their trademark orange and blue. Featuring “Ortho-tech” as the company mentions, finger protection is a primary focus and can even be removed for more mobility if necessary.

Otherwise, the punching zone on the back of the glove is specially padded and ready for action, and high-quality foam throughout means proper insulation when you need it and more control when you don’t.

These gloves don’t come cheap, and they don’t offer much regarding customization. However, what they do offer is some of the best build protection and overall quality short of a custom-made product.

We’re giving the Reusch Prisma Supreme G3 Fusion goalkeeper gloves 5 out of 5 stars.



Adidas Performance ACE Fingersave Junior Goalie Gloves

Our final goalkeeper glove pick is one that takes a step back from the high prices of the previous two picks and focuses more on junior players.

The Adidas Performance ACE Fingersave Junior goalkeeper gloves are affordable and offer great backhand protection while still providing a nice, flat latex palm to grip the ball with. While durability is certainly something to question, it is clear that these gloves are meant for soccer players that need their very first pair to play around with.

Closure is great on these gloves, and considering the weather protection that Adidas has built into the product, parents won’t need to worry about the elements factoring in anytime soon.

There’s not much regarding features, but when it comes to customization, these gloves offer the most color and size options out of any other pair on our list. These starter gloves will work hard and look exactly like you or your little soccer player wants them to.

We’re giving the Adidas Performance ACE Fingersave Junior goalkeeper gloves 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Buyer’s Guide

While it wouldn’t be a mistake to pick up our top-rated goalkeeper gloves and call it a day, we think it’s important that you keep a few things in mind before committing to one of these gloves.

Aside from picking up the right size, we think it’s important to make sure the color scheme of your gloves matches with your team and leagues rules. Likewise, premium gloves are going to need to be cared for more closely than affordable gloves, so if you’re going all out for game day, make sure you have a reliable pair of training gloves at home to hone your skills.

While negative fit and premium palm texturing are important, we think it’s better to focus on the correct size and mobility. Goalkeeper gloves should enhance your ability to block the ball—not subtract it.

Make sure the goalie gloves you pick up will allow you to move freely within them, brave the elements, grip the ball, but most importantly—win the game.