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Discussion in 'General football forum' started by George Hannah, 24 Feb 2020.
They do. My under 13's still don't use a size 5 ball.
My son always avoided heading it, and ignored his coaches shouting dont let it bounce , or 'winners' as the ball was launched at them, he found ways of letting it drop trapping and passing. Now at 18 he is the most comfotable player on the ball in his team plays all across the defence or defensive mid can use both feet . Whereas his peers that were just heading it anywhere are still doing that.
As others have said this can only be good for young players learning to play on the floor.
Is that a 'proper' team though?
Schools don't seem to ever have anything other than full-size balls and full size nets.
Aah right. Apologies. Yes, schools should absolutely be on board with proper football and use the same equipment.
Yes but this ^^ is just Phil Jones isn't it ;)
They never think through a 'ban'! Is it gonna be a foul if you head the ball? Will it become a penalty if you do it in your own area, and where would an under-12 Eddie stand if he came tear-arsing out of his area and the only option was to head it? It seems, though, and credit where credit is due, they have decided to ban heading rather than swap a football for a beach ball, so some progress, I suppose!
They morphed into a cannonball! I headed one once during a practice for the school team - the ball hit my head and thudded down to my feet. I think, without knowing it then, I was concussed for the rest of the game. The good news was that I could still find my way to Maine Road in the afternoon!
And when I was running a school footy team we were always suspicions that the odd school was soaking them in a bucket overnight!
Is your son Nasri?
Not sure about a ban. Maybe start using Medicine balls to toughen them up a bit.
synthetic leather lightweight balls have been in the pro game everywhere since 1980, having been introduced in the 60s.