The SYFA became the first body in world football to issue such advice, although it's highly likely that many others will follow suit. They issued a statement reiterating that they are "committed to ensuring the safest environment possible for children and young people to play football" and confirmed that they will also continue to work closely with the Scottish FA over the coming months. It isn't the first time that this subject has been raised, with brain injury specialist Dr Bennett Omalu calling for a ban back in 2018. He told the BBC that "no player under the age of 18 should be heading the ball". He went on to suggest that it should be also be heavily restricted in the professional game as well.
He went on to suggest that it should be also be heavily restricted in the professional game as well. Jeff Astle's family have tirelessly campaigned for a change in the law after the former West Brom and England striker passed away as a result of a specific type of dementia which has been strongly linked to repeated head trauma. Their hard work is starting to pay-off and the authorities are beginning to sit up and take notice.
There have been plenty of recent examples which highlight the need for change, including Gary Mackay-Steven's blow to the head in last year's League Cup final which left the Aberdeen winger unconscious. In September 2019, Rangers' Joe Aribo required stitches following a nasty-looking incident in the game against Livingston. Whilst the primary concern will always be the welfare of the player, supporters don't enjoy seeing their players on the sidelines as a result of an innocuous and avoidable collision. The Gers are 31/20 in the football betting at Space Casino to finish top of the Scottish Premiership, and they can't afford to lose any of their key men to head injuries as they bid to overthrow Celtic this season.