US Soccer Changes to Heading
As discussed at the coaches meeting, there is a BAN on heading for all U12 and under teams for BAYS - beginning this Spring.
U11 and younger should not be heading the ball at all.
U12 teams can head in practice - maximum of 30 mins per week - no more than 15-20 headers per player.
If a player DELIBERATELY heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the other team.
Alternatives to heading the ball - controlling with chest, thigh or feet. Coaches can focus on controlling and trapping the ball from the air using these alternative techniques. Contact DOC if you would like some more ideas/information.
Full statement can be read from Mass Youth Soccer: