The FA Concussion Guidelines

Health & Safety

Important information about Concussion in Football

'If in doubt, sit them out'

This article provides helpful information about how to recognise and manage a concussion – from the time of injury through to a player's safe return to football.

The guidance, which is designed to support those managing head injuries in football at all levels, is available as a free-to-download document at the bottom of this section. You can also access our online educational module, here.

Below are some useful facts about concussion, as well as key considerations to think about if you're ever faced with managing a head injury.

The FA Concussion Guidelines

Download The FA Concussion Guidelines 2015

Lessons from the pitch

If you would like to find out more about concussion, you can watch The FA's video, 'Concussion for players: lessons from the pitch'.

It showcases honest accounts from former Reading and Ireland striker, Kevin Doyle, Chelsea and England defender Millie Bright, and grassroots player Mitch Lacey, who all suffered concussion in a game and played on.

Read more about 'Concussion for players; lessons from the pitch'

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