EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Heading

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.

Heading the ball soccer training drills

in Heading, Soccer drills and skills

Lots of kids don’t enjoy heading the ball – but by using confidence-building training drills, you can help them overcome the fear factor. Play it safe As always, safety is paramount, so… Start heading training drills when players are aged about eight or nine. Don’t overdo heading sessions with young players – keep them short.... MORE

Soccer coaching tips for a diving header

in Heading, Tips and advice

The first goal that really made me sit up and think soccer was the best game in the world was a diving header. Back in 1972, Leeds United beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final when Alan Clarke scored with one, says Dave Clarke. These are the soccer coaching tips and skills your players will... MORE

Continual heading soccer drill

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Like throw-ins, headers continually occur in matches and are a great way to score goals. If you go to the trouble of getting your wingers to cross the ball into the penalty area then you want an end product. A good way to get your players to take the opportunities that come their way when... MORE

Teaching the basics of heading

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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.   Why use it It could be the last minute of a match and your team needs to prevent a goal from being scored. But without being able to... MORE

Continual heading

in Heading, Soccer drills and skills

Like throw-ins, headers continually occur in matches and are a great way to score goals. If you go to the trouble of getting your wingers to cross the ball into the penalty area, then you want an end product. A good way to get your players to take the opportunities that come their way when... MORE

How to use the flick-on header

in Heading, Soccer drills and skills

When your defenders win the ball deep in their own half, what do they do with it? I often see a big kick up the pitch, which gives the ball straight back to the opposition. However, if you show your defenders a better route away from goal without resorting to the punt, they will be... MORE

Soccer coaching warm-up developing heading techniques

in Heading, Warm Ups

Try this warm-up. called “Heading knock-off”. to help your players develop their heading techniques. By Michael Beale How to set it up: Arrange your players into two teams. You will need a helper alongside you since you will both act as servers. For each team, set up three cones approximately two yards apart. Place a... MORE

Soccer coaching warm-up to improve heading to score

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Warm-up exercises should be quick, lively and all-action. Heading is a skill sometimes overlooked, yet this drill gets players quickly involved and, given the short distance to goal, encourages intentional placement of headers which can be replicated in match scenarios. The use of the two-sided goal also means that there’s no wasted time in retrieving... MORE

Have fun with heading soccer drills

in Heading, Soccer drills and skills

Players shouldn’t be scared of heading a soccer ball. Use these tips and soccer drills to get them used to doing it and build up their confidence so they can do it in matches. Tips for young players Most cases of concussion in soccer are from heads clashing rather than from heading the ball. From... MORE

Simple heading soccer drill

in Heading, Soccer drills and skills

This repetitive heading drill is a good one to use with your soccer players to help them realise a header can be just as accurate as a kick in the right situation. Practising headers can be boring for many players so I’ve come up with this fun way to make simple headers come naturally to... MORE

Coach passing with headers

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One way to advance your soccer players’ skills is to get them to think about heading to make a good pass, rather than heading without purpose. In this soccer drill session I explain how to get your players heading the ball directly into the path of a team-mate rather than closing their eyes and hoping... MORE

How to coach a flick on header

in Heading, Soccer drills and skills

A flick-on header is used to direct the ball to a team-mate or into a dangerous area of the pitch. The idea is to keep the ball going in a forward direction over or around the defender when passing the ball is difficult. A good soccer coaching tip to tell your players when they’re learning... MORE

Small sided game to work on heading

in Heading, Small Sided Games

Try this fun, competitive small-sided soccer game to get your players practising their heading skills. Game set up Arrange your players into three teams of four. One team stays off the pitch placing two players at each end beside the goal. To score; the attacking team must pass to the players at the end they... MORE

Simple throw and head the ball soccer game

in Heading, Small Sided Games

In this small-sided soccer game, players throw the ball to each other to head goals. The idea behind the game is taken from netball. The player with the ball in his hands cannot move, so the other players have to move around him. You are looking for movement and technique in this small-sided soccer game.... MORE

Soccer drill to coach flick on headers

in Heading, Soccer drills and skills

One of the roles of players in the box is to flick on headers, which can cause huge problems for defenders and give the attacking team the advantage. Coach these heading skills using the following soccer (football) drills. This is a good soccer skills tactic to teach players to use when tight marking makes it... MORE

Try the crossbar challenge

in Heading, Soccer drills and skills

One of the things I like to do when my team is having a game-day soccer coaching session is our version of the crossbar challenge, which makes practising heading skills into a fun drill. Set up the challenge The crossbar challenge is set up using the penalty area of whichever size soccer (football) pitch you... MORE

Heading soccer drill for older players

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When your players get to U10 and U11, this is the age they become strong enough to use heading skills properly in matches. Having instilled in them the confidence to head the ball at an early age (click here for a fun heading skills drill aimed at younger players) they will move onto more aggressive... MORE


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