Players practice heading the ball high as they would for defense and low for attacking. Five of each type then change over.
Soccer Heading Drills
Aim: To improve attacking and defensive heading techniques
Suitable for: U8’s and upwards
Equipment: Marked area appropriate size for age, 8 cones, 2 ball between 4 players
Organisation: Players set up as shown in the video and diagram. One player serves the ball to team mate who must head the ball up back to server. 5 headers in the air (defensive) and 5 headers downwards (attacking). Younger players maybe scared to head the ball so to start use a smaller softer ball and only a short distance between players.
- Increase / decrease the distance between players
- Server can move left or right so the header must be directed.
- Timing of the header
- Direction of the header
- Use the forehead, not the top of the head