Small sided game where players compete on a small pitch and score only with a header.

Soccer Heading Drills

Aim: To improve attacking heading techniques

Suitable for: U11’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 v 3, small goals, no goalkeepers. Small sided possession game. Normal rules apply but players can only score with a header.

To allow for success an area can be marked near each goal where defenders can not go in to so the forward has a free header.


  • Use bigger goals to guarantee success
  • Add goalkeepers

Coaching Points

  • Timing of the header
  • Direction of the header
  • Communication between the players