Keep your eyes on the ball. A common failure amongst young players is that they close their eyes at the moment they are heading the ball.
This is a natural reaction. If someone hurls something at your face you tend to flinch and close your eyes. To become competent at heading a football, you must fix both eyes on the ball and meet it with your forehead.Here are some good exercises to practise heading: Throw the ball lightly into the air and get used to the feel of it.
Then throw it further into the air and try to head it further forward. When you are comfortable with this, find a partner and practise heading to each other. Gradually extend the distance until you are 3 to 5 metres apart.Winning balls in the air.
A simple drill; 1 attacker vs 1 defender Start out simple, attacker just stands in front of defender, throw the ball up, defender has to get up to head the ball - take turns.
Once they get the hang of this, attacker just stands still but now defender has to run to get to attacker, jump up and head the ball.
By now hopefully they are a bit more comfortable with some contact, now it is time to increase the contact.
Have them running side by side, shoulder to shoulder, a little bump here and there.
When the ball gets thrown up into the air they automatically use their shoulder to get into position and jump up to head the ball.
Then have them running one in front, one behind, both of them trying to get in position to head the ball, once it is thrown up into the air, in an effort to increase the physical part.
Once they get comfortable doing this, you'll find the 'fear' of getting up to head the ball at the same time as an opponent a lot less ...that is if you think 'fear' has something to do with it?
Defensive header techniques in soccer enable a player to direct the ball upwards in such situations as clearing the football from defense. The key to this skill is to start with the forehead underneath the ball, so that the head can move upwards to attack the ball.
During training sessions, this point needs to be emphasised by coaches. The secret to heading upwards is that your eyes remain below the ball, so that at the moment your forehead makes contact with the ball, your head is moving upwards.
Use your legs to push yourself upwards just before heading the ball as this helps to obtain good distance.A useful and fun game for beginners and more experienced players is heading the football over a volleyball net.
Since the ball has to be directed upwards to clear the net, it's particularly good for the defensive heading. It's also a great way for players to learn control and direction.
Attacking header techniques are football skills for directing the ball downwards to score goals, and win the ball in the air.
The key to the attacking header is to get the eyes over the ball, so that you are attacking the ball from above.
The attacking header requires getting the forehead and eyes over the ball, so that the ball can be attacked from above.
Beginners often have trouble timing the header, and end up hitting the nose or the top of the head, so coaches should start young children with a soft ball.
Obviously, it's important to watch the football carefully! Balance is another point to watch, and beginners should try to get their feet into position early, so that they are behind the ball.
Better players should work on meeting crosses on the move, so that their momentum helps to add power to the header, and to avoid being caught static by defenders. Several factors help to obtain power in the attacking header.
The shoulders can pushed forwards and the back arched before attacking the ball.
The upper body should be kept in a straight line, not falling away to the side, and much of the power comes from the neck muscles.It's very important to be positive. A simple training drill in which the ball is thrown against a wall, and headed below the line. Numbered circular targets can also be made.
The diving header technique gives a football player that extra edge and versatility to get to the ball first, and to get a head on crosses that otherwise would be missed. This is particularly true at the near post where the attacker is trying to get in front of the defender. It's a great soccer skill to perfect.
The diving header requires getting both feet off the ground, and a jump towards the football. You should be almost horizontal as you head the ball, using your forehead as always. Generally, take off is from only one foot, because the diving header is usually attempted on the run. Most players find the dive the most difficult part of this technique.
If you are having problems, practise the dive first without the ball.
Put a low hurdle down, such as a large bag, or even a player crouched down if you can find a volunteer! Jump over the hurdle without hesitating.
Then try the same thing with a partner serving the ball, so that you have to jump over the hurdle to head the ball.