ICYSL has adopted the US Soccer Federation Safety Campaign beginning March 3rd 2016.
The policy is described below for both Matches and Practices for team’s U12 & U10.
When a player deliberately strikes the ball using the head in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) will be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense for a Dangerous Play.
If a defending player deliberately strikes the ball with the head in the defending team’s own goal area an indirect free kick will be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
If an attacking player deliberately strikes the ball with the head in the opponents goal area an indirect free kick will be awarded and may be taken from anywhere inside the goal area.
If contact with the head is not deliberate there is no violation and play should continue.
Practices/ Training/ Scrimmages:
The use of the head to strike the ball for these age groups is prohibited.