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.

How to coach heading from crosses - part 1

Heading from crosses

in Core Skills, Heading, Practice plans

A high percentage of goals are scored from crosses into the penalty area, which is why it is crucial to practise attacking headers. Some footballers, especially young players, don’t like to head the ball. Use this session to teach your players the correct technique when running to meet a cross and heading towards goal. MORE

Attack high balls in the box

in Attacking, Heading

Session on heading for older age groups 16+. Please check your local rules on heading during practise. This is all about making the most of high balls in the penalty area to score more goals. MORE

Clear the ball

Cover your back

in Defending, Heading

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

Heading technique

Win the first header

in Heading, Tactics

This game is all about winning the first header and directing it to your team-mate. If your players can get control of the ball in the air then it makes it easier to repel opponents and start an attack. MORE

Head the ball game

Header react

in Heading, Small Sided Games

This is not only really good heading practice but at the coach’s call it turns into a small-sided game with lots of coaching points: heading technique, concentration, focus and quick passing. Check local rules for heading age groups MORE

Heading for U12 and above


in Heading, Tips and advice

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 MORE

Throw to pass, head to score - part 1

Throw to Pass, Head to Score

in Heading, Small Sided Games

The game is played by throwing and catching the ball with goals scored by headers. The player in possession cannot move with the ball. This encourages his team mates to make movements off the ball. The player in possession must not have the ball in their hands for longer than 3 seconds. MORE

How to coach heading at goal - part 1

Heading at goal

in Core Skills, Heading, Practice plans

Heading is an important part of any attacker’s armoury. If you can improve the technique of heading at goal by getting players used to attacking balls delivered to them in the air, your team will score more goals. MORE

How to coach headers and volleys - part 1

Headers and volleys

in Core Skills, Heading, Practice plans

When the ball is off the ground, it is necessary for your players to have the technique to be able to strike the ball for a shot at goal. Headers and volleys will give your players those skills and the final session makes for a great game. MORE

How to coach heading the ball downwards - part 1

Get your head down

in Core Skills, Heading, Practice plans

One of the fundamental principles of the attacking header is to head the ball downwards. This gives a player a better chance of scoring a goal because the bounce often prevents a goalkeeper from making a save. MORE

How to coach attacking header drills- part 1

Head to score

in Advanced Skills, Heading, Practice plans

Learning how to improve your players’ heading technique when attacking will bring a greater threat of goals. The practices here focus on technique then progress into how players can implement them in game situations. MORE

How to coach attacking headers- part 1

Head to pass, head to score

in Advanced Skills, Heading, Practice plans

This week’s session will help your players’ heading technique in order to make passes and score goals. Heading is a skill that is often underdeveloped in young players because of poor technique and enjoyment. This session has fun, yet challenging, games. MORE

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