By NFHS on February 19, 2016
Sports governing bodies including the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as well as a number of youth leagues require that football gloves used during game play meet certain performance standards. These performance standards ensure the glove does not give the player an unfair advantage in controlling the football.
The new SFIA Football Glove & Hand Pad Specification meets the requirements set forth by both the NFHS and NCAA.
Exponent, a certified ISO 9001 firm with over 90 scientific and engineering disciplines, staff of approximately 900, located in 20 offices throughout the United States and 5 international offices, is the independent lab that will verify gloves certified to the SFIA specification meet the requirements of those specifications.
All brands and models of gloves listed on this page have met the SFIA Football Glove & Hand Pad performance specification that certifies the gloves are legal for use in game play sanctioned by the NFHS, the NCAA and youth leagues. All products that have met the SFIA Football Glove performance specification will possess the mark (as depicted to the right) on the glove and on merchandise packaging.