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FA announces the phasing out of heading in grassroots youth games

Fri 17 May 2024

Brain injury charity Headway welcomes the announcement of a new rule to phase out deliberate heading in grassroots youth football.

The Football Association (FA) has announced its decision to phase out the heading of footballs in youth games. This initiative has been warmly welcomed by Headway - the brain injury association, noting it as a significant step towards prioritising the long-term health of young footballers.

Headway Chief Executive Luke Griggs praised the FA’s decision, stating: “This is a sensible and pragmatic step that prioritises the health and well-being of young players.

“Repetitive heading of the ball is increasingly being linked to an increased risk of developing degenerative neurological conditions in later life and this decision reflects a growing awareness of the need to protect young players from potential harm.

“By phasing out heading in youth football, the FA is demonstrating a commitment to safeguarding the future of the sport. It’s vital that football continues to evolve and adapt in line with emerging evidence in order to safeguard the brain health of professional and amateur players.”

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