US Soccer Player Safety Campaign

US Soccer Federation Bans Headers for Youth Soccer Players:

U.S. Soccer Concussion Guidelines

In 2015, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced a player safety campaign that eliminates heading for children 10 and under and limits the amount of heading in practice for children ages of 11 to 13.

The U.S. Soccer Referee program recently sent out a memo on how the rule should be implemented:

“When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.”

Click HERE to read the statement from U.S. Soccer
Click HERE to read more about U.S. Soccer's new Player Safety Campaign
Click HERE to read U.S. Soccer's Player Safety Campaign's FAQ's
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