Player tries to head the ball through cone gate targets placed around and behind the players feeding the balls in.


Soccer Heading Drills

Aim: To improve attacking and defensive heading techniques

Suitable for: U10’s and upwards

Equipment: Marked area appropriate size for age, balls and cones

Organisation: Players set up as shown in the video and diagram. 3 players act as servers for 1 working player. The 1st server throws the ball and the working player has to make a decision on how to deal with it depending on the flight, height and speed of the ball. They can either head downwards through gates 3, defensively towards gates 2 or long and high defensively towards gate 1. After 3 attempts rotate working player.


  • Increase / decrease the distance between players, servers and the coned gates
  • Working player to call for the ball
  • Servers throw in a random order
  • Servers to have 3 balls each so working player has 9 attempts before changing

Coaching Points

  • Timing of the header
  • Direction of the header
  • Communication between the player and the server
  • Use the forehead, not the top of the head
  • Players to jump for the ball to take it earlier
  • Player to attack the ball for more power