- Created on 24 March 2014
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Heading or using the head to direct the ball or soccer head drills, is unique to soccer. It is an essential technique to learn, but it can be difficult to teach young players.
Many young players become fearful headers, developing habits such as blinking and ducking as the ball approaches. Through proper teaching methods and activities, these habits can be corrected.
As the ball approaches players must keep their eyes open and trained on the ball.soccer head drills The back should be arched, knees bent and heels raised from the ground as contact is made in the desired direction.
Heading should be taught with activities and not drills. Standing in line and heading is boring and does not allow for any creativity. Players need to be given a problem and the opportunity to solve the problem through activities. If the activity is challenging, keep players moving and is game related, essential techniques will develop.
The follow are some activities that you can use to teach heading:
Start with some confidence-building activities.
• Walk in any direction; throw the ball in the air, head into the air and catch
• Jog in any direction; throw the ball into the air, head into the air and catch
• Head the ball twice consecutively; after the second head,soccer head drills touch the ground with your hands before the ball touches the ground and catch it
• Walk in any direction bent over with the ball resting on the bridge of the neck
• Repeat above; go down on all fours without losing the ball
• Head ball three times consecutively and then settle the ball on the ground with your foot
• Head the ball twice and turn without letting the ball touch the ground then head the ball twice in the other direction
Partner Warm-up Exercises
Players want to have fun and fun is touching the ball.
• In a seated position: A performs sit-ups while
B serves ball to head
• Standing position: A and B hand ball to each other over a cone or ball placed between them on the ground
• A and B take turns throwing the ball to each other in the air to be returned with the head
• A and B head the ball back and forth consecutively.soccer head drills Count the number of touches before the ball lands on the ground
If the players are not being successful, stop the activity and coach/help. Always start the ball with hands.
• In groups of four, head the ball back and forth consecutively and count the number of touches
• Players head the ball back and forth and move across the field from one sideline to the other here you can see how 5, 4 or 3 players would perform this task
• In groups of three players, volley the ball with the head short/short/long. Count the number of touches and compete against the team.
Power Heading Activities
Never serve the ball to the head, but to space in front of the teammate,soccer head drills which allows the player to whip the head into the ball.
• Player A heads the ball toward the goal. A goal must be scored below the waist of Player B, who is in the goal trying to block the ball. After the shot Player A sprints back to protect their goal. Player C backs up the goal and chases the ball to keep the drill moving (Diagram 3)
• Team Handball: Team A starts with the ball in the hands. They throw and catch with each other down the field trying to attack a goal. A goal is scored only with the head. To get the ball Team B can intercept the ball or tag a Team A player who still has the ball in the hands. Each player is allowed only four steps
• Variation: Two players must head to goal (i.e. one heads to a teammate for the final shot)
Always finish with successful activities around the goal for a good soccer head drills
• A serves the ball underhand to B, who heads to C for shot on goal
• Variation: Add a defender to create vision problems
• Variation: Add a defender to “bump” C on the shot
• Variation: Add goalkeeper – ball must be scored below the keeper’s knees.
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