Today the FA has released new guidance for heading the ball in youth football training, providing support for coaches, teachers and parents.

Primary school children have been banned from heading in football training in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The Football Associations of each country announced the ban on Monday and said a “graduated approach” will be taken to heading in training in under-12s to under-16s football.

Following detailed analysis and consolation, The FA has now issued new and updated Heading Guidance to provide support for parents, coaches and teachers. The guidance covers all aspects of how to coach heading the ball, including the correct size of ball to use, the best techniques and how often the ball should be headed. The focus is on quality of heading training, rather than quantity.

Les Howie, FA head of grassroots coaching, explains how the guidelines will work:



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