In every match there will be moments when the team us under a lot of aerial pressure. Defenders must be organised and put up a united front. Successful teams are often the most organised defensively. MORE
Correct heading technique in defence (U9-U14 activity)
Correct heading technique in defence
“Eyes open look at the ball” • “Put your weight on the balls of your feet” • “Push upwards through the bottom of the ball”
Set up a grid of 5 yard squares. Players work in pairs – one pair in each square. Give each pair a ball.
Start with players doing simple headed keepy uppies by themselves – pushing through the bottom half of the ball. Progress after a couple of minutes to players working in pairs heading the ball to each other.
Players should stand with legs slightly apart, knees flexed and their body weight on the front of their feet so they can jump with good power and balance. They must aim to head the ball below the middle so that it goes upwards.
If players really struggle with the idea of heading, get them to try balancing the ball on the forehead to get a feel for it.
How many players do I need?
Players work in pairs.