A progression from the attacking header drill.
The jump adds extra power and purchase to the header and means the player can meet the ball in the air earlier that if they didn't jump.
Make sure the header is driven into the hands of their partner and not looped into the air like with a defensive header.
One feeder throws the ball up for the other player to try and head, back between the feeder's legs.
The feeder needs to stand with their feet apart and react quickly to the return header.
The heading player should keep their feet moving, being ready at all times to head the ball back with power.
One player throws the ball to the other player's head.
The throw should be slightly in front of the heading player so that they need to meet the ball in the air.
The returning header should also be slightly long, meaning the catching player needs to back track slightly in order to catch the ball.
Both players start on their knees with one player feeding an accurate throw for the other player to attack.
It is best to begin practising this drill on knees and progress to the standing up position when players feel more confident.
Defensive header relay.
3 players with one ball. Front player of the 2 players throws up the ball to the heading player, after the player throws the ball he has to try and close down the heading player.
The player heading the ball has to head the ball over the approaching player to the 3rd player waiting to catch the ball.
Players 1, 3 and 5 are feeding the ball towards the 6 yard box. Players 2, 4 and 6 take turns to either head or volley towards goal. Once players have either fed, or shot they swap to the other side.
Set up a triangle as shown. 3 players on the outside have a ball each and the player in the middle without a ball. Player in the middle receives a serve from one player on the outside and heads it up in the air, and then heads it up back to them. He/she then leaves the vicinity of the triangle before coming back and and receiving from another player.
Set up a triangle as shown. 3 players on the outside have a ball each and the player in the middle without a ball. Player in the middle receives a serve from one player on the outside and heads it back to them. He/she then leaves the vicinity of the triangle before coming back and and receiving from another player.
Groups of 4 players are paired and stationed on the sides of the area as shown in the diagram. Each team takes on the identity of a World Cup Team. The object of the game is to head the ball past the opposing team and over the opposing goal line. The player in possession serves the ball to his teammate to head towards the opposing goal line. The defending team must attempt to stop the ball from crossing their end line without using their hands. Once the ball has been stopped, the receiving player picks the ball up and serves the ball to his partner to repeat in the opposite direction. If a team heads a ball straight back and scores, the team gets 2 points.
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