FA Heading guidance

The FA have updated heading guidance for all age groups between under-six and under-18, in association with the Irish and Scottish FAs.


The updated heading guidance, which will be introduced immediately, will provide grassroots clubs, coaches and players with the recommended heading guidance for training sessions only. The guidance does not make any changes to the way matches are played.


The updated heading guidance includes:

  • Heading guidance in training for all age groups between under-six and under-18

  • No heading in training in the foundation phase (primary school children)

  • Graduated approach to heading training for children in the development phase between under-12 to under-16

  • Required ball sizes for training and matches for each age group

  • No changes to heading in matches, taking into consideration the limited number of headers in youth games


Find out more on our Child Safety at Potton Colts page


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