Soccer drill to improve defensive headers

Use this soccer training drill to improve your players' defensive headers. The aim is to head the ball as high and as far away from the goal as possible.

defending using headers

  1. It is better to head the ball out to either side of the goal, rather than into the area directly in front of the goal.

  2. Try meeting the ball from a side-on position. This allows you to create more power and will give you better protection against opponents, with less chance of clashing heads.

  3. Be really careful what you do with your arms. Any push in the back of an opponent could see a penalty or dangerous free-kick given away.

  4. To power the ball upwards, you need to make contact with the bottom half of the ball. Arch your back so that you can thrust your forehead up into the line of the ball.
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