Iwan Roberts playing for Norwich

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Iwan Roberts performed for groups together with Norwich, Leicester and Huddersfield

Below 10s must be banned from heading footballs, former Wales striker Iwan Roberts has mentioned.

A research by the College of Stirling advised it caused instant, short term changes to the brain.

Mr Roberts mentioned the Soccer Affiliation of Wales (FAW) may very well be courageous and make this “right resolution”.

The FAW Belief, which takes care of the grassroots recreation, mentioned sturdy proof of the impact on the mind can be wanted for any ban.

Soccer’s governing physique in the US has already stopped juniors from heading the ball and the concept is getting rising help right here.

The pinnacle of the of the Skilled Footballers’ Affiliation, Gordon Taylor, has added his voice to those that help a ban.

Talking on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales programme, Mr Roberts mentioned: “I believe it could be a courageous transfer from the FAW in the event that they had been to take this stance.

“I believe it could be the proper resolution and in the event that they did undergo with this resolution then, hopefully, different FAs can be courageous sufficient and comply with within the Welsh FA’s footsteps.”

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However Luke Griggs from mind harm charity, Headway, will not be satisfied there may be sufficient proof for a ban.

“This type of dialog is basically constructive however we have to verify we do not put individuals off from getting concerned in soccer,” he mentioned.

“What we do want is extra research to again this up and we urgently want these research.

“The Stirling one particularly was solely 19 individuals within the research and it was a really brief time period piece of analysis so I believe we’ve got to be very cautious in the way in which we’re decoding that information.”

Mr Roberts mentioned heading shouldn’t be taught to kids till they had been at the least 14.

FAW Belief chief govt Neil Ward mentioned: “Certainly one of our targets is to make sure that kids have a protected and pleasant soccer supply.

“Lately we’ve got amended the format of mini soccer to make sure it meets the wants of youngsters and labored arduous via our coach training programme to advise coaches on how one can help the event of younger gamers.

“Ought to this and different analysis present a strong proof base that the sport must be tailored to preclude heading then the required modifications would after all be made.”