U.S. Soccer Announces Concussion Lawsuit Settlement


US SoccerAll parties named in the youth soccer concussion litigation – including the plaintiffs and defendants: U.S. Soccer Federation, USYS, AYSO, US Club Soccer and California Youth Soccer Association – have reached a resolution of the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed in August 2014.

U.S. Soccer released a joint statement November 9th that referenced a “comprehensive player safety campaign.” The complete details of that initiative are expected to be released within 30 days.

The campaign will focus on:

 • Improving concussion awareness and education among youth coaches, referees, parents and players

 • Introducing more return-to-play protocols and uniform concussion management

 • Changing substitution rules to ensure these rules do not impede the evaluation of players

 • Limiting heading during practices for children between the ages of 11 and 13, and eliminating heading for children 10 and younger

U.S. Soccer noted that the changes to headings and substitutions are recommendations “based on the advice of the U.S. Soccer medical committee, and therefore, U.S. Soccer strongly urges that they be followed.”

The Federation also expects its player safety campaign to include other important protocols, including those related to general injury prevention and heat-induced illnesses.

US Club Soccer will follow up with its members as soon as specific information and implementation plans become available. 

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