The United States Soccer Federation has recently announced some changes that will limit the use of headers in youth soccer. The changes were made in connection with the settlement of a lawsuit. Attorney Dana Hooper from the Phoenix office of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, discusses the changes and what they will mean for soccer in the U.S. in this report.
Hooper explains that the change in the rules on heading affects both boys and girls, but only youth players. The new rule for players age ten and under is that they are not allowed to head the ball at all, in games or in practice. Players who are eleven through thirteen will be allowed to head the ball in games but not in practice.