A key to a passing team is retaining possession in midfield. Use this session to show your players how to keep hold of the ball in the middle of the pitch. MORE
Win the first header (U13-14 activity)
Win the first header
“Jump into the ball” • “Keep your eyes on the ball” • “Turn your head to direct the ball”
FIRST TO THE BALL
Set up a 20 x 20 yards area split into two zones. Each zone has a target goal and two servers. Teams play 2v2.
Play is started by one of the servers throwing into the centre. The servers take turns to throw the ball.
Players need to be first to the ball to direct the header either at goal or to a team mate. Play a normal game after the first header.
The session is a fast one and players soon tire and leave gaps, so swap pairs around every minute.
A great first time header catches the opposition sleeping and not looking around them.
Servers throw the ball in alternatively so that when one ball goes out another is immediately thrown in.
How many players do I need?
We used 12 players in the session