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Daily Madden: It’s Time To Ban Head Shots In Youth Soccer

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Mario Balotelli of Italy scores his team's second goal on a header past Gary Cahill and goalkeeper Joe Hart of England during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Mario Balotelli of Italy scores his team’s second goal on a header past Gary Cahill and goalkeeper Joe Hart of England during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between England and Italy at Arena Amazonia on June 14, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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(KCBS) – A group called Parents and Pros for Safer Soccer is advocating a ban on head shots for youth under 14.

“The brain is not fully developed and you’re hitting the ball with the head? That’s stupid,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “That’s as stupid as putting a (football) helmet on an eight or nine year old kid. You don’t do that and hit with your head.”

Madden has long said kids under 14 shouldn’t be playing tackle football.

“Sometimes you just wonder why it takes that long for someone to figure out,” Madden said. “It’s easy to say ‘well, that’s the way they play football and that’s the way they play soccer.’ That’s the way they play football and that’s the way they play soccer when they’re adults with adult bodies and adult brains. And that doesn’t always work out. So (it’s wrong) to say the same thing for kids (when) their brain isn’t developed, their neck isn’t developed. The whole head is not ready for those kinds of things.” (6:50)

(Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.)

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