The South Dakota State Soccer Association is adopting U.S. Soccer’s recommendations regarding “heading” soccer balls. As a result, The Black Hills Rapids Soccer Club will be adopting these recommendations, effective immediately:
Any teams with U11 players or younger on the field are not allowed to engage in heading, in either practices or games. Any teams with U13 players or younger on the field must limit heading training to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week. These players are not allowed to head the ball during a game.
From the U.S. Soccer Referee Program:
When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should 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 should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.