“The objectives proposed by the Rosario Association with this new regulation, adapted to the field of children’s football, are to prevent injuries and concussions associated with a common practice in football such as the impact of the ball with the head. The intention is to avoid potential damage in the medium and long term in the neurological and cognitive development of athletes due to the cumulative effects of heading”, explained the president of the entity, Mario Giammaría, in dialogue with Télam.
In this sense, the leader elaborated: “For years we have been contacting specialists, neurologists and neuropathologists, who have also expressed their diagnoses in this regard, saying that the repetition of these impact practices on the skull can cause microtrauma in the cortex. brain, whose repetition can cause brain damage, which in the future can degenerate into neuropsychiatric diseases”.
“We also had experience from having participated in competitions in the United States, where this measure was already implemented as of 2015. Our children’s soccer teams had to adapt to that regulation,” he recalled.
The president of Rosarina anticipated that the regulatory modification “will be made from 2023” and that in the course of this year “training and instruction talks will be held with all the actors in the activity”
“Referees, coaches, coordinators and parents will receive the basics and learn what the practical implementation of the rules of the game will be like in children’s games,” he added.
The ban on headers in primary divisions is incorporated into other special measures such as the elimination of the off side rule, the design of reduced pitches, the use of special balls, mandatory substitution and the creation of mixed football.
“We believe that this is an innovative measure that over the years we will see if it is successful. Other associations around the world are taking it and Rosarina will be the first to implement it at a national and South American level,” he said.