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No Heading Rule - ASA Soccer

      
 
Heading Rule for U5-U11 and U12 Age Groups
 
Alexandria Soccer Association (ASA) will be adopting the U.S. Soccer and VYSA guidelines in regards to heading in practice and games in youth soccer. There are two separate guidelines that are unique to two different sets of players in our recreational league. 
  • U5-U11 Age Groups: No heading in practice or games
    • In games, whenever the ball strikes a player in the head, play is stopped.
      • ​The proper restart depends upon whether the player deliberately played the ball with his or her head. (Referee decision at U9-U11)
        • ​If deliberate, the proper restart is an indirect free kick to the opposing team. 
        • If this 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 the play by the head is deemed inadvertent, then the proper restart is a dropped ball.
  • U12 Age Group: Limited (if any) heading in practice that focuses on proper technique. There is no restriction in games.
 
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In December of 2015, U.S. Soccer unveiled the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative that provides information guidelines that have been implemented since January of 2016
 
The elements contained in the initiative are intended to give U.S. Soccer Organization Members, as well as players, parents, team/club staff and coaches and referees, guidance and direction when dealing with head injuries and potential head injuries during soccer participation.
 
Included in the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative are specific changes to rules on substitutions and heading for certain age groups. Those changes included:
  • ​Modify substitution rules to allow players who may have suffered a concussion during games to be evaluated without penalty
  • Eliminating heading for children 10 and under
    • Please note that U11 is listed in the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative document because U11 players can be 10 years old at the beginning of the season
  • Limiting the amount of heading in practice for children between the ages of 11 and 13

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The VYSA Board of Directors has approved and adopted the following new policy rule and guidelines restricting heading of the ball for U13 and younger.  The new policy and guidelines take effect Monday, March 21, 2016.
 
The VYSA Board of Directors has approved and adopted the following new guidelines that restricts players from engaging in heading at U13 and younger.  These guidelines apply to all players, coaches, and member organizations registered with VYSA, as well as those who train with players, coaches, member organizations registered with VYSA, beginning March 21, 2016.
 
U11 and Younger
  • US Soccer guidelines are players in U11 programs and younger shall not engage in heading, either in practice or in games.
U12 & U13 age groups
  • US Soccer guidelines are for players U12 and U13 programs, that heading in training be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers per day, per week
All coaches should be instructed to teach and emphasize the importance of proper techniques for heading the ball.
 
The VYSA Board of Directors has approved and adopted the policy designed to eliminate heading in soccer competitions at the U11 level and below.
 
Virginia Youth Soccer Assn. member clubs and leagues shall add to their club and league rules and procedures the following modification to the FIFA Laws of the Game. This modification applies to all levels of play including travel, recreational and academy programs and sanctioned tournaments. The Metro/DC/Virginia Referee Association has been notified of this new rule and will be prepared to implement it in matches that they officiate beginning March 21st, 2016.
 
At age group divisions U11 and younger-
 
Whenever the ball strikes a player in the head, play is stopped.  The proper restart depends upon whether the player deliberately played the ball with his or her head.  If deliberate, the proper restart is an indirect free kick to the opposing team.  If this 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 the play by the head is deemed inadvertent, then the proper restart is a dropped ball.
 

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