The U.S. Soccer concussion initiative includes specific changes for certain age groups in regards to substitutions and heading of the ball. These changes are seen below as put forth on U.S. Soccers official website:
- Modify substitution rules to allow players who may have suffered a concussion during games to be evaluated without penalty
- Eliminating heading for children 10 and under
- Please note that U11 is listed in the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative document because U11 players can be 10 years old at the beginning of the season
- Limiting the amount of heading in practice for children between the ages of 11 and 13
Pleasanton Soccer Referee Association urges referees of all age groups to become familiar with these new guidelines and to visit U.S. Soccer website for more detailed information as well as answers to FAQ's.