In football, players use gloves as a means to help control the ball, particularly when making catches. In order to develop better gloves, an understanding of how materials actually adhere (stick) to each other is required. Scientists are constantly searching for new and innovative ideas for adhesive substances. Often, new substances are modeled after examples found in nature. In 2008, a group of scientists developed an adhesive material modeled after the foot pads of the gecko.
Read about the basics of adhesion in geckos and gloves or learn the more technical engineering explanation.
Articles by Bret Van Ausdall.