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NEW POLICY ON HEADING THE BALL EFFECTIVE 8/1/2016
The South Texas Youth Soccer Association (STYSA) has adopted the
following recommendations from the U.S. Soccer Concussion
Initiative regarding heading the ball.
All players and teams participating in STYSA sanctioned activities are subject to this policy.
Players on U11 and younger teams are prohibited from heading the
ball in practices and games. If in the opinion of the referee a player
deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK)
shall 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 shall be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at
the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If in the
opinion of the referee a player does not deliberately head the ball,
then play should continue.
Players on U12 and U13 teams shall be allowed to head the ball
during games. Heading the ball in practices for U12 and U13 players,
shall be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more
than 15-20 headers per player, per week. There shall be no
restrictions on heading the ball for U14 and older players.
Coaches should enforce these restrictions by the age group of the
team according to the specified policies. Referees should enforce
these restrictions by the age group of the team according to the
specified policies. Referees will not be assessing the age of
individual players on the fields; they will enforce the policy
for the age group.
FORMAT CHANGES FOR YOUTH SOCCER
USYS (through a directive from US Soccer) will be implementing format changes for youth soccer. This includes changes to registration of players by birth year and changes to field sizes and players on field. BVYSA will be working with our member clubs to ensure this new model is in place for play Fall 2016.
Small Sided Games Standards Chart
Birth Year Matrix (Updated 10.29.15)
Small Sided Games and Birth Year FAQ
2016 Region III Presidents Cup
Hosted by BVYSA, STYSA, City of College Station and Bryan\College Station CVB