CSA letter confirms FIFA approval of turbans


by Ben Rycroft, 06-13-2013

Canadian Soccer News has obtained a letter, dated June 13, in which the CSA has informed all provincial organizations, including Quebec, that FIFA has confirmed the use of turbans by youth soccer players.

“In accordance with the directive of the Canadian Soccer Association as outlined in its 11 April 2013 memo permitting the wearing of turbans/patkas/keski (male head covers), we wish to inform you that the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and FIFA have authorized the wearing of male head covers in all areas and on all levels of the Canadian football community.”

The emphasis is theirs.

The letter includes visual approximations of what types of turbans are allowed and also details that the following conditions that must be met:

  1. Be of the same colour as the jersey
  2. Be in keeping with the professional appearance of the player’s equipment
  3. Not be attached to the jersey
  4. Not pose any danger to the player wearing it or any other player

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