Head Injury Policy

Head Injury Policy

Mavericks Soccer Club follows the head injury prevention and treatment guidelines 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

Norcal Premier has implemented a 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 slightly adjusted to accommodate the new younger players heading recommendations. When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect freekick will be awarded to the opposing team of the location of the offense. If the deliberate 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 infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play shall continue. 

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 unless 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 written documentation from a licensed health care professional such as a certified Athletic Trainer or physician, 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 injured 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.