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In brief, and as part of the settlement, U.S. Soccer and the member defendants agreed to work
towards specific initiatives with respect to concussions including recommendations on:
- Modifying substitution rules to allow players who may have suffered a concussion during
games to be evaluated without penalty.
- Eliminating heading for all players age 10 years old and younger, regardless of what age
group program they are playing in.
- Limiting the amount of heading in practice for all players in U12 and U13 age groups, with no
limit on heading in games.
- U.S. Soccer also recommends Health Care Professionals (HCP) be on site for major
Read U.S. Soccer’s FAQs.
Effective the Fall of 2016, in accordance with the recent U.S. Soccer recommendations on
concussion risk management the OHIO NORTH Youth Soccer Association has eliminated
heading in matches for players aged 10 year-olds and younger (U11, per the new calendar year
Intentionally heading the ball in these matches shall result in an indirect free kick awarded to
the opponent at the spot of the infraction – or from the top of the goal area for infractions
inside the goal area.
This US Soccer recommendation has been adopted by Ohio North for all affiliate activities,
including but not limited to, league play, practices and tournaments.