Safer Soccer mission:
To educate parents, coaches, and soccer stakeholders on the benefits of delaying the introduction of headers in youth soccer until high school/age 14.
Safer Soccer goal:
By 2017, youth soccer organizations do not teach or allow heading in soccer for children.
Attempting to head the ball and colliding or falling is by far the #1 risk of concussions in youth soccer, causing more than 30,000 concussions each year.
Heading accounts for nearly 1/3 of concussions in youth soccer.
Safer Soccer has widespread support among U.S. Soccer legends, who believe that this safety measure will also create more skilled players.
In the News
Safer Soccer Video Content
The Shipley School
Riverdale Country School
Arlington Public Middle Schools (VA)
Former soccer player and World Cup Champion Brandi Chastain
Former soccer player and World Cup Champion Cindy Parlow Cone
Former soccer player and World Cup Champion Joy Fawcett
Former soccer player and World Cup Champion Julie Foudy
Former soccer player and World Cup Champion Kristine Lilly
Former Women's National Team Coach and World Cup Champion Tony DiCicco
Former Major League Soccer Player Doug Warren
Former Major League Soccer Player Steve Jolley
Former pro soccer player Ronnie Pascale
Robert Cantu, MD – SLI Medical Director, Prof. of Neurosurgery, Boston University
Rhoda Au, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
Laura Balcer, MD – Vice-Chair of the Dept. of Neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center
Jeffrey T. Barth, PhD – Prof., Director, Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Institute University of Virginia, School of Medicine
Jill Brooks, PhD – Clinical Neuropsychologist, Head to Head Consultants
Kevin Crutchfield, MD - Director, Comprehensive Concussion Program, LifeBridge Health
David Dodick, MD – Neurologist, Director, Concussion & Headache Programs, Mayo Clinic
Steve Galetta, MD – Chair of the Dept. of Neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center
Dorothy Kozlowski, PhD – Prof., Dept. of Biological Sciences, DePaul University; President, Chicago Society for Neuroscience
Leonard V. Messner, OD – Prof. and Vice President for Patient Care Services, Illinois College of Optometry
Jeff Mjaanes, MD – Director of Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic at Rush
Carl Nissen, MD – Prof., UConn School of Medicine, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Willie Stewart, MD – Neuropathologist, South Glasgow University Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland
Become a Safer Soccer Supporter
We invite youth soccer organizations to pledge to prohibit heading under high school by contacting Tyler Maland at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (781) 790-1921 ext. 103. 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.