Head for Home

The Rules

To introduce the skill of heading players are allowed to serve the ball to themselves – without pressure from the opposition – in order to head the ball to a team mate.

If they are not comfortable self serving, players can head the ball straight out of their hands.

Players must make themselves available to catch a headed pass before serving themselves to head to another team mate.

The object of the game is to get the ball home by heading to any team mate that has run into the end zone.

The defending team is not allowed to block the header. They can only prevent a goal by marking runners and intercepting the ball by catching it and starting their own counter attack.

Main Objectives

Basic heading technique.

Set Up

Area: 30×30 yards with 5 yard end zones
Players: 12, 2 teams of 6
Equipment: Cones, balls

Head for Home drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 1

They must reach home to score a point.


Head for Home drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 2

Players can serve themselves to head the ball.


Head for Home drill for 5 to 8 year olds - part 3

Two teams compete to head for home.


What To Call Out

“Eyes open”
“Use forehead”
“Arch back”
“Contact the ball in the middle”


In order to move the ball faster, let players head directly from a header if space and timing allow it.


Use size 3 footballs and do not over inflate. For fun and to improve confidence a light plastic ball of any size could be used.

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