Heading

Heading is a difficult technique to coach to young players in particular. This section provides some great drills and advice to help you coach defensive headers and attacking headers. We look closely at the techniques involved and show you some fun games to help develop your player’s heading skills.

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Soccer coaching game to work on heading skills

Use this fun soccer coaching game to give your players confidence when they're heading the ball and improve their ability to anticipate headers. With this game, players have to look before they head the ball, so they know where it is going. It also helps players anticipate when to let the ball bounce to give […]

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Heading skills soccer drill

Improve your team’s attacking heading ability to boost their goal-scoring chances with the following coaching tips and soccer drills. When you first start to get your players crossing the ball into attacking areas of the pitch, you add an extra attacking option. The header. It takes a lot of practice to get used to heading […]

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Soccer heading skills game

As a follow-on from coaching the Heading skills soccer drill, try putting your players' skill into a game situation. This game gives your players more opportunity to attack with their headers but at the same time keeps the drill simple so they concentrate on their position and technique.It is a useful tip to remember that […]

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Soccer drill to improve attacking headers

Work on your players’ attacking headers with this soccer training drill and they will send fewer chances over the bar, and more into the goal. Tell your players to get into line with the ball quickly. They must time their run so they come from behind a defender and get in front of them just […]

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Soccer drill to improve defensive headers

Use this soccer training drill to improve your players’ defensive headers. The aim is to head the ball as high and as far away from the goal as possible. It is better to head the ball out to either side of the goal, rather than into the area directly in front of the goal. Try […]

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Heading the ball soccer training drills

Lots of kids don’t enjoy heading the ball – but by using confidence-building training drills, you can help them overcome the fear factor. Play it safeAs always, safety is paramount, so… Start heading training drills when players are aged about eight or nine. Don’t overdo heading sessions with young players – keep them short. Make […]

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Soccer coaching tips for a diving header

The first goal that really made me sit up and think soccer was the best game in the world was a diving header. Back in 1972, Leeds United beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final when Alan Clarke scored with one, says David Clarke. These are the soccer coaching tips and skills your players will […]

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Continual heading soccer drill

Like throw-ins, headers continually occur in matches and are a great way to score goals. If you go to the trouble of getting your wingers to cross the ball into the penalty area then you want an end product. A good way to get your players to take the opportunities that come their way when […]

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Teaching the basics of heading

Teaching the basics of heading

Winning the ball in the air is one of the key skills for any defender. This simple exercise can teach your players the basics of heading. Why use it It could be the last minute of a match and your team needs to prevent a goal from being scored. But without being able to head […]

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Continual heading

Continual heading

Like throw-ins, headers continually occur in matches and are a great way to score goals. If you go to the trouble of getting your wingers to cross the ball into the penalty area, then you want an end product. A good way to get your players to take the opportunities that come their way when […]

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