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24 Jan 2020 12:13:46
Not a Rangers comment but hope it gets posted. Scottish football to ban under 14s from heading the football due to concerns with concussion and later in life dementia. When I played in that age group the ball was a lot heavier than today and worse still when it rained. Today the ball's lighter and water proof. I don't know how you'd ref a game that bans headers and I don't know players would play the game as it's a vital part of football. Just like to hear comments.

{Ed001's Note - it may be lighter, but it moves much faster which means the impact is more damaging.}

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24 Jan 2020 12:22:48
The childrens game should be about getting touches of the ball and devoping skills. I think its perfectly feesable to not have players heading the ball until until they are in high school where they can start developing the physical side of the game more.

24 Jan 2020 12:32:45
Ed I'm thinking more about corners crosses and goal kicks into midfield not stopping a power shot on goal. If other FAs don't ban it it would put Scottish football at a huge disadvantage. To learn to header a ball at 15 seems too late to me. I played at a decent level but my one weakness was I was crap at heading on my right side! Never cracked that one. The skills of any sport are developed at a young age. Is it proven that statistically ex footballers with dementia is greater than non footballers? It seems pretty widespread in the general population. It's worthy of debate.

{Ed001's Note - the ball moves faster on crosses and corners as well.}

24 Jan 2020 12:35:31
Its been medically proven so all for it. Also might mean we have to teach kids actual passing and playing the game as opposed to lump it up to the big guy.

24 Jan 2020 12:50:41
So what would happen if in a game one of the kids jumps and heads the ball when in the air as sometimes it's a natural instinct when playing football does the other team get a free kick does the kid get a yellow similar to when a handball occurs? That would just turn kids away from playing I think but as it's been medically proven there must be something else they can do.

24 Jan 2020 13:52:26
Dunfermlineloyal it's a bit late to do so unless the rest of the world are doing the same. Ed raised a fair point so let's allow kids to block a pile driver shot on goal head height to protect themselves with their arms and hands legally.

24 Jan 2020 13:16:02
Actually there is no proven medical link between heading and dementia. The ban is just in case untill it is proven one way or another.

24 Jan 2020 13:54:21
Kfraser, i also played in the days with the old laced up leather ball mate, harder to header it a distance, but i don't agree with the dementia part as i think that dementia is just down to bad luch, my mother in law had dementia god rest her plus i know load of people that had dementia and non of the women played football.

24 Jan 2020 15:16:35
Boys don't play 11 a side now till high school so there's not as much scope for whipping corners in high or such like, the more touches of the ball they get the better in theory anyway, they now play 4 aside for 2years thfn a year of 5s 2years of 7s then 9 a side before 11s to try and develop the technical side of the game.

24 Jan 2020 15:39:28
How can it possibly be too late. If this is medical fact it isn't ever to late to change. This is something the English FA also looking at.
Up to u14s the matches aren't exactly competitive so should be about building there skills. Maybe we would get away from the mentality of dropping teenagers because they aren't 'Big enough' if we focussed more on there technical ability. When teenagers grow into men that is when physicality is needed.

24 Jan 2020 17:15:47
Tell some of the parents it's not competitive. Ran a kids team for couple of year and gave it up because I was horrified at the way some parents acted. At u8 level btw as well, no wonder loads of kids don't want to play the behaviour of some so called parents at kids games is disgusting.

24 Jan 2020 18:45:45
Totally agree @herewego55.I ran an under 12’s for 1 season and was absolutely appalled at the behavior of the parents. one o my boys got hit by a can of lager in the back cause he was the best player on the park. needless to say a mini riot started with me in the middle. swore blind I would never get involved in kids football again. launching a can of lager at an 11 year old was too much for me.

24 Jan 2020 20:15:34
Its shocking mate they talk about all the reasons kids in this country stop playing I'm more than sure thsts one of the main reasons. Had to ban a parent from attending his own sons games for some of the stuff he was coming out with, would never get involved in kids footbsll again.



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