U.S Soccer Federation Unveils New Safety Policy
It has been an interesting debate about soccer and concussions. With mounting lawsuits something was bound to change with soccer, at least in the U.S.
The U.S. Soccer Federation unveiled a new set of safety initiatives to limit the number of head injuries in the sport. This includes a ban on heading the ball for young kids.
The new policy, which comes after a year of litigation against U.S. Soccer, bans all children under the age of 10 from heading the ball during games and practices. Kids between the ages of 11 and 13 will only be able to head the ball during games. A class-action lawsuit was filed last year aimed at limiting the number of concussions suffered by kids on the soccer field.
The regulations will be mandatory for U.S. Soccer youth national teams and academies, including Major League Soccer youth club teams.