According to ASA policy (see below), however Fairhope Soccer Club combines the 11 & Under with 12 & Under for team formation. Therefore, Fairhope Recreation has modified our rules & guidelines that NO HEADING IN 11/12 & UNDER GAMES OR PRACTICES.
ASA has eliminated heading for players U11 and younger. This directive is to protect players 10 years old and younger regardless of what age group they are playing in. A purposeful header by these players shall result in an indirect free kick awarded to the opponent at the spot of the infraction. This mandate is for all ASA affiliated activities, including but not limited to, ASA affiliated member organization league play, practices and tournaments. ASA recommends limiting the amount of heading in practice for players in U12 and U13 programs be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week. (No limit on heading in games.) In addition, ASA recommends that all coaches be instructed to teach and emphasize the importance of proper techniques for heading the ball.