The United States Soccer Federation has taken a serious step toward dealing with the dangerous issue of head injuries in soccer, particularly in younger players by announcing a ban on heading the ball for players 10 and under and limiting heading in practice for children between the ages of 11 and 13. This is in response to a Lawsuit that was filed against US Youth Soccer.
For the upcoming 2017 Fall season, ESC has adopted the following policy dealing with heading the ball:
ESC HEADING POLICY:
This rule is mandatory, non-negotiable and the result of a consent decree entered into by USYSA after litigation. As a USYSA member club, we are required to comply.
Heading Guidelines Implementation Effective Spring 2017:
We do not want you to be alarmed. We at ESC are unaware of any instance of serious header injuries in U10 and under play for some time now. At U12 and under high energy/high velocity headers are unusual. However, the collision/impact risk for those young players attempting headers is meaningful, and our payer’s safety is our top priority. We know everyone will do their best to help our referees, our players, and our coaches adjust to the new policy.
Also be sure to check out the following link to the CDC for concussion information for parents and coaches.
CDC Heads up to Youth Sports for Parents
CDC Heads up to Youth Sports for Coaches