All the FA rules on kit and equipment after shirt clash confusion at Blackpool v Sunderland

Kit clashes in two of last night's mid-week EFL clashes - Millwall v Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool v Sunderland - have sparked debate online as fans struggled to distinguish their players from their opponents.

By Nancy Frostick
Wednesday, 13 February, 2019, 10:10
Blackpool v Sunderland

But what are the FA rules on kit and equipment, and how is it enforced? Click and scroll through the rules below...

A basic rule: shirts with sleeves, shorts, socks, shin pads and footwear are all compulsory. Sock tape must match the colour of the socks.
"Undershirts must be the same colour as that of the shirt sleeve; undershorts must be the same colour as the main colour or the lowest part of the shorts - players of the same team must wear the same colour."
"Each goalkeeper must wear colours that are distinguishable from the other players and the match officials. If the two goalkeepers shirts are the same colour and neither has another shirt, the referee allows the match to be played"
"Non-dangerous protective equipment, for example headgear, facemasks and knee and arm protectors made of soft, lightweight padded material is permitted as are goalkeepers caps and sports spectacles."

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"Equipment must not have any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images. Players must not reveal undergarments that show political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images."
The player's number, name, team crest/logo, and emblems promoting respect and integrity are all permitted.
The facts of the match will also be permitted, but any slogans and badges must be confined to the shirt front, armband or captain's armband.
If a player leaves the field to change equipment, it must be re-checked by a match official before they are allowed to re-enter the game. If they do so without permission they must be cautioned.
Players are not allowed to wear any electronic communication equipment, but can wear tracking and performance equipment if it has been approved by FIFA.