Heading

Is heading dangerous?

There has been (and still is) a lot of discussion about the dangers of heading the ball but the short answer to the question “is heading dangerous?” is “no”. There is no evidence that heading a ball has ever resulted in actual, long-lasting harm… as long as you teach your players to do it properly.[1] […]

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How to make heading less scary

Timidity can be defined as ‘easily frightened or lacking self-confidence’. But while timid football players may lack self-confidence, they aren’t lacking in bravery. Indeed, timid players can also be the bravest – it needs real courage to go out on to the pitch when you’re frightened of getting hurt or letting yourself or your team […]

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Three ball alley

This is a fun way to practice heading for all ages of players. Objective: to be the first team to knock three balls off cones with a header. Set up: Divide your players into teams of four or five. Each team apart from one player, the server, lines up about six feet away from a […]

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Shoot, head, shoot

Objectives: To improve heading and shooting technique. Age group: U9s and upwards. Set up: Use a normal sized goal and penalty area marked by lines or cones. Divide your squad into two teams (X and Y) including two goalkeepers. The outfield players wait in two lines about 20 yards away from the goal. Two coaches […]

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Heading skills for beginners

Coaching points Contact with the ball should always be made with the forehead area. From time to time, a player may use the top of their head to flick the football on from a long flighted pass or throw-in. The eyes should always be open (at least until impact) and fixed on the ball and […]

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How to teach heading

There are two important aspects of good heading technique: Accurate contact with the ball: Contact with the ball should always be made with the forehead area. From time to time, a player may use the top of their head to flick the football on from a long flighted pass or throw-in. The eyes should always […]

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Heading – a warning

Heading a ball is one of the few alien skills of soccer. After all, nobody in their right mind would choose to be struck on the head. Yet it can be one of the most spectacular and exciting plays in the game. Any adult field player who has poor heading skills is a weak link […]

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Three heading games and drills

Throw-Head-Catch (U8 and U10) Players get into groups of 3. One ball is needed. They get into a triangular shape. One person tosses the ball to another person who then heads it to the third person to catch. Every time someone is successful, they get a point. 2v2 Battles (U8 and U10) In this game, […]

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