No Headers for Age 11 and Under


NorCal Premier Soccer, the league in which Black Oaks Youth Soccer competes, has implemented a no-heading rule for players age 11 and under, following guidelines set forth by US Soccer and US Club Soccer. The move is intended to reduce concussions.  A study estimated 50,000 high school soccer players suffered concussions in 2010.

According to a New York Times article, the announcement resolved a legal case that began in August 2014, when a group of parents and players filed a class-action lawsuit in United States District Court in California charging FIFA, U.S. Soccer and the American Youth Soccer Organization with negligence in treating and monitoring head injuries. The suit targeted the Laws of the Game, which govern the sport internationally, as well as several American organizations. Read more of this post