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Safer Soccer Initiative


Concussion research and advocacy nonprofit Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) and the Santa Clara University Institute of Sports Law and Ethics (ISLE) are teaming up on a campaign to educate parents and coaches on the risks of headers in soccer prior to the high school level. The sponsoring organizations believe concussions among youth soccer participants can be dramatically reduced.

Former US Women’s National Team player and ISLE board member Brandi Chastain and former teammates Cindy Parlow Cone and Joy Fawcett are leading the campaign along with SLI medical director and concussion expert Dr. Robert Cantu, to educate parents and coaches that the risks of introducing heading prior to high school have to be weighed against the rewards of more skilled heading among children. Read the full press release here.

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Click here to help spread the word by sharing this downloadable proposal letter with your child's soccer program, team, or school.


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Safer Soccer Supporters

The Shipley School
Riverdale Country School
Arlington Public Middle Schools (VA)
Positive Coaching Alliance
Former Major League Soccer Player Doug Warren
Former Major League Soccer Player Steve Jolley
Former pro soccer player Ronnie Pascale

Become a Safer Soccer Supporter

We invite youth soccer organizations to pledge to prohibit heading under high school by contacting Chelsea McLeod at cmcleod@sportslegacy.org or (781) 262-3324. Your organization's name will then be listed on our website. The goal is universal participation so that no team has a competitive advantage based on putting child athletes at risk! You can also support the campaign by donating today.