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 defensive headers - part 1

Head high, head far

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A well-executed defensive header away from goal will achieve both distance and height, giving an under-pressure defence time to reorganise and make it less likely to concede goals. MORE

How to coach attacking headers - part 1

Attacking Headers

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Ultimately, soccer is all about scoring goals and by improving your team’s attacking heading ability you will boost their chances of finding the back of the net more often. MORE

How to coach heading the ball downwards - part 1

Get your head down

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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

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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 flick-on headers - part 1

Flick-on header

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Your players can use the flick-on, or back-header, when they can’t face in the direction they want to head the ball, such as from their own team’s goal kicks or near-post corners. MORE

How to coach diving headers - part 1

Diving headers

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The diving header is a spectacular technique that goal scorers can use when attacking crosses they can’t reach with their feet, or when they want to beat their marker to the ball. MORE

How to coach cushioned headers - part 1

Cushioned headers

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Whether cushioning the ball back into the arms of your team’s goalkeeper or teeing-up a volley at goal for a team-mate, it pays to master controlling the ball with the head. MORE

How to coach power heading - part 1

Power heading

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Whether trying to beat the goalkeeper with the pace of the ball, or looking to get distance with a defensive header, it’s useful to know how to generate some extra heading power. MORE

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