Any U-11 or younger player (10 years old or younger) who deliberately heads the ball, an Indirect Free Kick (IFK) will be awarded to the opposing team.  

February 12, 2016

As part of U.S. Soccer’s Player Safety Campaign, U.S. Soccer unveiled the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative that provides guidelines that have been implemented since January of 2016.

The information contained in the initiative is intended to give U.S. Soccer Organization Members, as well as players, parents, team/club staff and coaches and referees, guidance and direction when dealing with head injuries and potential head injuries during soccer participation.

Limiting the amount of heading in practice for children between the ages of 11 and 13
In addition to the safety initiatives, the following modified rule should be implemented:

  • When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense.  If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.

September 14, 2015

The Youth and Adult Associations have agreed to amend the rule regarding “Referee Fees”:

  • If a referee official goes to a game and both teams are not at the assigned field, the officials will be compensated $25 plus tolls (with receipts).
  • If a referee official gets to the field and finds it unplayable, the same fee of $25 is provided.
  • Referee officials that are notified of a cancellation two hours prior to kick off will not receive compensation.
  • If a referee official has not left his home, and is notified of an unplayable field (sudden storm, act of God), there is no compensation.
  • If a referee official has left his home, he is then the only one that can cancel the game at the field.