American River Youth Soccer League

Heading Rules Affective Immediately

No heading for players 12 years old and younger in games.
•Abide by U.S. Soccer recommendations for heading in practice (heading training for players age 11 to 13 years of age should be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15 to 20 headers per player per week).
•When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. However, if a player deliberately heads a ball within their goal area, the indirect free kick by the attacking team should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
"A large part of our passion for the game is doing all we can to promote the safety and health of our valued players", said Madeira. Zopfi comments "Cal North has been, and will continue to be, a leader in concussion awareness within youth soccer."


New this year is the CA North Concussion Protocol. During the course of a game, if a player receives a head trauma, they will be removed from the game.  All ARYSL Coaches will be certified by the NFHS certification program to help identify concussions in our players.

  *  This is the same certification process all high school coaches must take.

  * Referees will have the final say for the player to continue playing or hold the player out.

  * Players pass and incident report will be passed onto League officials.

  * Players are asked to have Concussion Notification Form fill out by Medical Dr or Concussion       Specialist. Concussion Notification

  * Player will only be allowed to return to practice / play when cleared my medical Dr or Concussion Specialist.

Note to Coaches - If a player is pulled from the game, contact your Club Manager for follow up. There will need to be a follow up with all involved (including the referees) We just want to make sure the paperwork is followed up on in a timely manner & the player passes do not get held up. 

Concussion Guidelines

As the science of evaluating and managing concussions has advanced, key findings emphasize the need for education of players, their families, coaches, medical staffs and the public at large on the signs and symptoms of concussion.  There is also a critical need for early identification and proper management of a concussion.


Please see links below for more information: 

Many of these links are from the CDC, Centers for Disease Control & contain useful information

     - FIFA Concussion Pocket Guide

    - USSF Concussion Poster - "A Must Read For US Soccer Players"

    - Parent Athlete Concussion Information Sheet

    - Returning to School After a Concussion

    - Concussion Information for Athletes

    Information for Adults

    - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Heads Up: Concussion in Sports


2014 World Cup Concussion
In watching the 2014 World Cup, we witnessed Germany's Christoph Kramer suffer a head injury in the championship game.  Here is an interesting article.  
World Cup concussion.  

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