The FA has been given approval from the International Football Association Board [IFAB] to undertake a trial to remove deliberate heading in football matches across U12 level and below in England from the start of the 2022-23 season.
The DGLL has been confirmed as one of the leagues that will be part of the "no Heading" trial. This will obviously require revised Laws of the Game which are outlined below.
The law changes for these trials are dictated by IFAB and state:
1. Deliberately heading the ball is an offense punishable by an indirect free kick. This will also mean the introduction of indirect free-kicks in mini-soccer in this circumstance.
2. The indirect free kick is taken at the point where the ball was deliberately headed, except where a player of the defending team deliberately heads the ball in their own penalty area, the indirect free kick is taken from the penalty mark.
3. Deliberately heading the ball is not a cautionable (yellow card) or sending-off (red card) offence UNLESS it:
- Stops or interferes with a promising attack (yellow card)
- Denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity (red card)
- Occur often enough to be considered “persistent misconduct” (yellow card)
The FA have developed some resources to explain the process which are attached and can also be found in the library section of our website
Parents can help coaches by informing your child their team is part of the trial. Help your child understand:
• What the trial laws are
• What is / isn’t a deliberate header
• What an indirect free kick is
• Encourage your child to ‘stay on the ball’, helping to develop their confidence and ability when moving with the ball at their feet.