Concussion Initiative |Coaches Manual

  • Per U.S. Soccer’s Concussion Initiative, if a player is suspected to have a head injury the referee is instructed to stop play to allow for treatment/evaluation as needed If the player leaves the field of play for additional evaluation, a substitution can be made in that moment
  • The player with the suspected head injury may not return to the game unless a Health Care Professional (HCP) or Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) has cleared the player
  • Any coach or parent insisting on returning the player to the game without approved clearance will result in the referee ending the game
  • Deliberate heading is not allowed in 4v4 games
  • If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense