ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Professional and amateur soccer clubs in the English soccer league have bonded together to limit the number of high-force headers in training to 10 per week from the 2021-22 season to protect players from dementia and other head injuries.
The Premier League and other governing bodies on Wednesday have issued a guideline for such moves in the wake of the death last year of England’s Nobby Stiles who, along with many of his 1966 World Cup-winning teammates, had been diagnosed with dementia.
In their joint statement, the group said headers that involve higher forces are typically those taken after a long pass of more than 35 metres or from crosses, corners, and free kicks.
“This recommendation is provided to protect player welfare and will be reviewed regularly as further research is undertaken to understand more regarding the impact of heading in football,” the statement read.
“The guidance also recommends clubs develop player profiles that consider gender, age, playing position, the number of headers per match, and the nature of these headers,” the statement added.
Furthermore, it was also recommended that amateur players will only head the ball 10 times a session with only one session a week where heading is practiced.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.