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Expert warns of ‘extremely worrying’ number of headers in football

League Two players have exceeded figure 58 times this seasonWarning comes after PFA’s call for reduction of headersProfessional players are heading th

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  • League Two players have exceeded figure 58 times this season
  • Warning comes after PFA’s call for reduction of headers

Professional players are heading the ball in league matches with a frequency that is “extremely worrying”, according to a leading academic in the field.

Statistics show that players in League Two have headed the ball more than 20 times in a match on 58 occasions this season. That figure declines higher up the football pyramid but even in the Premier League, where there are an average of 101 headers per game, players have exceeded 20 headers on seven occasions.

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