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Apr, 2018

NO Heading Policy

U11 Age Groups and Younger – Deliberately Heading the Ball

New Jersey Youth Soccer has adopted a policy of NO HEADING in games or practices for u11 teams and below and for 10 year old players and younger playing up. Players in U11 and younger age groups my not deliberately head the ball in soccer matches.
•If a player deliberately heads the ball and the ball remains in play, the referee will immediately stop play and restart with an indirect free kick as per Law 13.
• If a player deliberately heads the ball and the ball immediately goes out of play, the
referee will restart in accordance as to how the ball went out of play (throw-in, goal kick, corner kick)
• If a player is inadvertently struck in the head with the ball, there is no rule  infraction.
However, if the referee deems the player to be injured the referee will immediately stop play, have the player removed and restart with a drop ball.