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.

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

in Heading, Soccer drills and skills

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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