Children under 11 Banned From Heading Football During Training by the FA


Children aged 11 and under will no longer be taught to head footballs during training in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The new football association guidelines for coaches also puts limits on how much heading older children should do.

It follows Glasgow University research that showed former footballers were three-and-a-half times more likely to die from brain disease .
The guidance, which will not yet apply in Wales, will affect training only.

The Football Association of Wales said its guidance for coaches on children heading the ball was currently under review with the findings being made available later this year.

In a joint announcement from the FA, Scottish FA and Irish FA, coaches were advised that there should be “no heading in training in the foundation phase” – which covers primary school children, or under-11 teams and below.

There are also new rules for age ranges up until 18, with headers being kept a “low priority” and gradually becoming more frequent in training until the age of 16.

There will be no changes to heading in youth matches, where the FA said headers are rare.

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