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Should young soccer players be banned from heading the ball?

With safety concerns on the rise, heading the ball has become a major issue in US youth soccer. Can coaches teach kids a valuable technique safely and legally?

Ian McMahon looked out over a convention room full of coaches last week and, with one pithy comment, showed why heading has become a major issue in US youth soccer.

“I’ve gotta be careful there are no lawyers in the room,” said the AYSO executive director, who learned the game in England and played professionally for Oldham and Rochdale.

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