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Soccer Drills: How to Head a Soccer Ball

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In this video you will learn techniques to help you get better at heading the ball.

This video is great for any player wanting to work on their headers

Benjamin Tordjmann
head soccer, head soccer game, soccer drills, control techniques , decathlon

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In this video, we are going to show you different exercises which will improve your heading technique.

To get started you need a football, a wall and a cone.

Check out our videos on headers before you start practicing.

In accordance with recommendations set out by sporting federations, we advise that children under the age of 14 do not practice headers.

Practicing headers improves both your timing and power.

You must use your forehead to contact with the ball.

In this video, we are showing you 4 different exercises with increasing levels of difficulty.

It is therefore advisable that you master each exercise before moving on to the next one.

First of all, we are going to practice a rocking movement of the head from back to front.

Stand in front of the wall and hold the ball in both hands.

Throw it about a metre above you.

Try to hit the ball with your forehead so that it moves away from you in a straight line.

If you can do that, try to make it a little harder by throwing the ball up higher and higher.

Next we are going to practice head extensions.

Do the same exercise heading the ball while jumping

You will notice that the force of the header is no longer caused by the contact with the ground but purely by the movement of your body.

Thirdly, we are going to practice headers in match situations.

Place a cone 5 metres to one side of you

Throw the ball against the wall and then hit it towards the cone.

When you master the header, move the cone around.

Finally, practise the same exercise whilst but with jumping headers

Now you know how to practice your headers.

over to you!

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