UK bans children under the age of 12 from heading football over fears of brain damage

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New guidelines for have been announced by the Football association of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland that would see children under the age of 12 banned from heading ball during football training.

The new guideline is aimed at reducing the risks children face from brain disease. The Welsh Football Association said that its rules on heading were being reviewed and would be updated later this year.

The guideline is not stiff and is expected to be modified between the ages of 12 and 16.  The new rules were introduced after a Glasgow University study, which showed that former footballers were three and a half times more likely to die from brain disease.

The FA said the new guidance will be introduced immediately. “It 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 FA said in a statement.