U.S. Soccer resolved an ongoing lawsuit yesterday and agreed to strictly limit headers for youth players.
Players who are 10 years old and younger (so U11 and below) won’t be allowed to head the ball anymore. And players between the ages of 11 and 13 will have a soon-to-be-announced heading limit during practice.
These new regulations will be mandatory for U.S. Soccer youth national teams and academies, including Major League Soccer youth club teams, but the rules will be only recommendations for other soccer associations and development programs that are not under direct U.S. Soccer control.
I believe that this precaution is wise and won’t impact the game materially. Put pressure on your local league and club to follow the new U.S. Soccer guidelines.