Players run into an area marked by cones to meet the ball and aim to head the ball into the goal.

 

Soccer Heading Drills

Aim: To improve attacking heading techniques

Suitable for: U11’s and upwards

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

Organisation: Players set up as shown in the video and diagram. Players split in to 2 teams with 2 servers. Both sides can go at the same time. Players make a run towards the goal and call for the ball from the server and head the ball in to the goal between the post and the pole.

Progressions:

  • Increase / decrease the distance between players
  • When a player has head the ball he must sprint to the edge of the box, do an activity, like a press up or sit up then join the end of the other queue of players
  • Add goalkeepers

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