Small-sided games are a great way to give your players lots of touches of the ball and get them back on track for playing matches. Try these four small-sided games that work on different aspects of your players’ technique. A great tactic to practice in a small-sided game is counter-attacking after winning the ball at... MORE
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.
Set up a 20×20-yard area with a five-yard ‘no bounce’ zone across the centre and target goals at each end. We used six players. You need balls, bibs and cones.
How to play it
Play a 3v3 heading game with no bouncing in the centre zone. On the coach’s call at random times during the game it becomes a 3v3 into the goals. If a team scores and they are losing the heading game the scores draw level; if the team winning the heading game score, they get three points added to their total.
Keeping the ball in the air and heading across the zone will give your players a great technique workout.
- 1. The game starts with a player on one side of the zone throwing the ball up and heading it across the zone
- 2. The receiving team can head or volley to each other – the ball can bounce once for each player but the final pass back over the zone must be with the head
- 3.On the coach’s call the game becomes a normal 3v3 into the goals
- 4. If the team losing the header game scores, the points are levelled whatever the score, but if the winning team scores they get three points
- 5. The game then reverts to the heading game with the player serving to the opposition with their head