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In conjunction with the US Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer, the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) will be instituting a heading ban for players age 10 and younger. In accordance with the recent U.S. Soccer recommendations on concussion risk management.
FYSA has eliminated heading in matches for playerís age 10-years-old and younger (11u-2006 and younger), per the new calendar year registration guidelines. Heading will not be permitted in 11u and younger age groups.*
Competitive league, tournaments, and other FYSA sanctioned events that include 11u and younger age group teams heading will not be permitted.
Playing Up Rule
211.3 Playing up (above a playerís normal age group):
|It is FYSA's policy that all players compete at a level they are capable of both physically and developmentally. In order for a player to move up more than one birth year will require approval from the affiliate's director of coaching or agent of record and FYSA Director of Coaching. Players, 11u will not be able to play up due to FYSA heading guidelines until the player reaches the age of 11.|
Failure to obtain proper permissions may result in the player being removed from the teamís roster and sanctions against the team/club.