Policy

US Soccer PDI – Heading the Ball (7v7, 9v9)

on

US Soccer Federation has issued Player Development Initiatives (PDI) involving heading the ball in 7v7 and 9v9 youth matches. Please utilize the following clarifications when players, coaches, or leagues may find themselves confused with the appropriate PDI measures.

7v7: Concussion Initiative

  • Deliberate heading is not allowed in 7v7 games
  • If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick 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 nearest point to where the infringement occurred
  • In a controlled and individual environment (where heading is an isolated skill being taught away from any form of opposition or other aspects of the game), the use of lightweight balls (foam, balloon, etc.) would be acceptable for teaching heading technique

9v9: Concussion Initiative

  • Deliberate heading is not allowed in U11 games
  • If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick 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 nearest point to where the infringement occurred
  • In a controlled and individual environment (where heading is an isolated skill being taught away from any form of opposition or other aspects of the game), the use of lightweight balls (foam, balloon, etc.) would be acceptable for teaching heading technique

Reference images from US Soccer:



Recommended for you

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.