Heading Ban


Based on the advice of the US Soccer Medical Committee, effective 2/11/16 Illinois Youth Soccer has banned heading for players aged 10 and younger (U11 and younger age brackets) at all Illinois Youth Soccer activities including but not limited to Illinois Youth Soccer Member League play, practices and tournaments.   11 year olds playing U11 are prohibited from heading the ball. If a player is playing in an older age group, players 10 and younger should not be heading the ball regardless of the age group in which they play. A purposeful header by a player in a U11 or younger age bracket shall result in an indirect free kick awarded to the opponent.