Soccer is a game where you primarily use your feet, but the attention in New York City is on the kids hands. With the flu epidemic growing stronger the league stirred up the city by banning high fives among the kids.

It was this edict from the Manhattan Soccer Club has banned kids from giving high-fives to celebrate good plays as a way to help reduce the spread of the flu in the city.

Here is the email sent to parents:

At this point the MSC Board and the coaching staff would recommend that players not shake/touch hands with opponents after the games. The safest thing to do is to touch elbows. The coach or manager can explain this to the other team prior to the game.”

Parents have been supportive, for the kids those habits are hard to break in their youthful enthusiasm!