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Headers in Soccer Banned for Players 10 and Younger Featured

As students look to a new year filled with studies and sports, some will have to unlearn old habits. 

Hoping to reduce head injuries, as well as resolve a class-action lawsuit alleging negligence towards head injuries, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) has banned headers for players under the age of 11. Players that are 11-13 years old may head the ball, but only in games, not in practices. 

The limitations were made based on recommendations from U.S. Soccer medical committee, which includes experts in the field of concussions and concussion management, according to USSF. 

The adaptations also include new substitution rules which will allow for substitutions without penalty. 

Read the Joint Statement Regarding Concussion Lawsuit Resolution here. 

The new rules go into effect January 1, 2016.

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