1 February, 2023

The International Board recommended that headbutting be prohibited for children under the age of 12 years

“There is concern about possible adverse effects on the health and well-being of players in the short and long term., in particular possible head injuries.”,

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Sport – The organization in charge of the rules of the game confirmed it through a statement that was delivered to the Federations. It will be considered an offense punishable by an indirect free kick in matches.

In march 2022, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) was one of the first to prohibit all minors 10 years hit the ball with the head and those between 11 Y 13 years should limit headers in training.

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This measure was taken after a group of parents presented in 2014 in California state court a lawsuit against various organizations, including FIFA, for “negligence and carelessness” in the treatment of brain injuries or contusions caused by hitting the ball with the head, or by the clash of heads between players when they dispute an aerial ball.

The time passed, and not only FIFA took action on the matter, but also the IFAB (International Football Association Board), which is also made up of the four football associations of the United Kingdom and which is in charge of defining the rules of football worldwide and their future modifications.

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In fact, in july this year, It was English football that decided to ban headers on children under the age of 12 years. the english federation (FA) received permission from the International Board (IFAB) to modify this game rule experimentally this season. The same thing happened weeks ago with Rosario's children's soccer, Argentina.

few weeks later, what started as a recommendation in training, in the last hours it became official. In an essay shared by the global entity, the Federations received the communication with which it was recommended that head butts be prohibited in children under the age of 12 years also in football matches.

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“There is concern about possible adverse effects on the health and well-being of players in the short and long term., in particular possible head injuries.”, pray the statement. And add: “This concern is heightened when the players are children., since your body, Their brain and motor skills are still developing and they may not have enough physical strength or experience to minimize potential risk.”.

"Consequently, some football authorities have already introduced restrictions on heading the ball in training for the little ones, and the logical thing now is to apply these restrictions to the parties”, They recognized that the violence of the groups "is unacceptable" due to the damage they cause in the communities and exposes minors to the risk of being linked to the world of crime..

For this reason, “the IFAB has approved a trial to study the effects of “intentionally heading the ball” being considered an offense punishable by an indirect free kick. The test will be carried out in competitions and matches with players up to twelve years old..

Link for the statement: https://www.theifab.com/es/laws/latest/deliberate-heading-trial/