Heading Protocol

Updated ENYYSA Heading Protocol 


This updated protocol comes following further clarification from US Soccer Federation, US Youth Soccer Association regarding deliberate

heading of a ball in an U11 (and younger) competition.

Specifically:  Any U11 or younger players shall not engage in heading, either in practices or in games.

This covers ALL ENYYSA sanctioned matches; league game, league cup or state cup.

This protocol is effectively immediately and super cedes any previous communications or directives.

This protocol is in effect for all age appropriate LI Cup matches scheduled for this weekend.

The State Association has notified all referee assignors accordingly.

We are also sending out a communication to all U11 and younger coaches in our league today as well.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Best to your clubs, teams, coaches and player-families for a successful and enjoyable spring season.


Steve Padaetz
Competitions, LIJSL