Head Injury Policy

Head Injury Policy


Mavericks Soccer Club follows the head injury prevention and treatment guidlines outlined by US Soccer and Norcal Premier which include. 

  • No heading policy for all Mavericks Soccer Club players U11 and younger
  • No "re-entry" policy for players who are removed from a game due to a suspected head injury
  • Change in NPL substitution rules to allow for the evaluation of head injuries

U11 and Below no Heading Rule

From 2016 onward Norcal Premier has implenmented of no heading rule for all U11 and younger players. Mavericks Soccer Club also follows recommendations from US Soccer on heading in younger age groups

Heading Recommendations

All players ages 10 and younger there will be no heading during training or games. For players ages 11-13 heading should be limited to a maximum of 30 minuets per week wth no more than 15-20 head per players, per week. 

Heading During Games

Game rules have been slighty adjuested to accomodate the new younger players heading recoommenations. When a player deliberaeley heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick sill be awarded to the opposing team of the the location of the offense. If the delliberate header occurs in the goal box, the indirect free kick will be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringment occured. If a player does not deliberatly head the ball, then play shall contiune. 

No Re-Entry Protocol

In accordance with US Soccer return to play guidelines, any player removed from the field for a suspected head injury will not be allowed to return to the field of play usless cleared by a Healthcare Professional.  This means that any player for whom the coach is called onto the field will have to leave the field and will not be allowed to return unless they have been evaluated and cleared by a Certified Healthcare Professional

Mavericks Soccer Club will require witten documentation from a licensed healthcare professional such as a certified Athletic Trainer or physican, before being allowed to return to training and games. 

NPL Substitution Rule Change

A Substitution to remove a player suspected to have a head injury shall not count against the re-entry rules in NPL. Thus the player entering the game for the injuried player many enter without it counting to his/her re-entry count, and the player that has been removed may re-enter the (if cleared by a healthcare professional) for the orginal subtitute.