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Total ban on heading for junior football players seems logical, Lynn News letters




There has been ample evidence in the media recently regarding dementia.

But I was surprised to hear in the news on television that the FA is to ban heading in training for under-11s. This suggests to me that heading will still be allowed in matches.

This seems illogical.

Young children won't be able to head the ball during football training.
Young children won't be able to head the ball during football training.

Surely, if heading is to be allowed in matches, children should be taught how to head the ball safely in training?

Otherwise they will surely try to emulate what they see in professional games on television, with no guarantee that they will head the ball safely?

I would not wish to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the game, but surely if the safety aspect is an issue, then for junior players, heading should be banned altogether?

This is already the situation in five-a-side/indoor football, where kicking the ball at head height is in fact penalised.

Pete Widdows

Heacham


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