SOCCER’S WORLD GOVERNING BODY ALLOWS ‘MALE PLAYERS IN CANADA TO WEAR HEAD COVERS’ ‘IN ALL AREAS AND ON ALL LEVELS’

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BY RATTAN MALL

 

FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association), soccer’s world governing body, have authorized the wearing of male head covers at all levels of Canadian soccer.
 
FIFA sent a letter to the Canadian Soccer Association on Thursday (June 13) to inform them that the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has agreed “to allow male players in Canada to wear head covers.”
 
The head cover must:
 
* be of the same colour as the jersey
 
* be in keeping with the professional appearance of the player’s equipment
 
* not be attached to the jersey
 
* not pose any danger to the player wearing it or any other player (e.g. opening / closing mechanism around neck)
 
In a press release posted on their website, FIFA said: “The letter sent by FIFA to the CSA on 13 June 2013 authorises the CSA to permit all players to wear head covers as described above, in all areas and on all levels of the Canadian football community.”
 
FIFA said the matter would be discussed by the IFAB in October 2013, before a final decision is reached at the next Annual General Meeting of the IFAB, taking place in March 2014.