With many dementia experts warning of the now proven link between heading and dementia, will heading be banned in football? Personally I feel that for 5 a side and 7 a side mini football, both should be head height rule. Mini football was introduced to get kids on the ball, not for coaches to tell their GK to lump it and everyone leg after it because thats how you win. I could see it working in 9 a side as well, I think having encouraged more passing and dribbling at the younger ages, hopefully teams will look to continue. My son played his first year of 9 a side last year and all the nice pretty passing patterns they worked on went out the window after losing a few games they just gave it to the kid with a huge kid and he lumped it. We won a few games but it was painful to watch and kids gain nothing from it. If they were to ban heading, I guess you would have to introduce a head height rule for 9 and 11 a side as well. Many football fans are screaming no but if if generations are brought through the ranks playing this way then does it not encourage better football rather than just hoof and hope? Are we essentially OK with saying, we want the game to stay the same, sorry if you get dementia and brain injuries but thats the risk you took when you became a footballer. I can see them making some changes too heading, there are all sorts of guide lines for youth coaches and that has been happening for a while but surely the game as a whole has to react and protect players at every level of the game.