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Video: Steven Gerrard Says SFA Should Make Balls Lighter and Smaller Instead of Banning Headers

Video: Steven Gerrard Says SFA Should Make Balls Lighter and Smaller Instead of Banning Headers

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has said the SFA should try to make balls lighter, instead of banning children from heading balls.

As it was revealed earlier today, the Scottish Football Association has issued new guidelines for coaching across the country, and it’s pretty strong on the use of heading in the junior game.

As stated on the official SFA website, children under 12 will no longer be allowed or encouraged to head the ball during training or games, whilst heading is considered a ‘low coaching priority’ between 12 to 15-year-olds.

At age 16 to 17, it is prescribed that heading should be limited to just one day per-week, but Gers boss Gerrard has another solution in mind.

The new guidelines have been drawn-up in the wake of new evidence that suggests a link between playing football and dementia sufferers but rather than banning heading, Gerrard thinks balls should be made lighter:

What do you think of the SFA’s new rules, and Gerrard’s counter-suggestion to their ban?

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