Soccer Heading Drills

Soccer heading drills will become a more valuable and strategic weapon as the players advance in skill level. Due to the heightened awareness concerning head injuries and concussions, while heading a soccer ball, the US Soccer Organization has restricted the intentional use of the heading for players age 11 and under.

Soccer Heading Techniques

  • Players knees should be slightly bent for balance.
  • Use the forehead to contact the all (between the eyebrows and the hairline).
  • Players should strike the ball, and not let the ball strike them.
  • Players should tighten neck, stomach, and back muscles and slightly force the head towards the ball.
  • Eyes must remain open even when striking the ball with the head.
  • Proper timing is essential.

Soccer Heading Drills Requires

  • The US Soccer Orginization recommends that only players 11 and older can head without restrictions.
  • 10-year-old or younger player may not head the ball regardless of the age group in which the he or she participates.

Browse the Latest Soccer Heading Drills

Crossing, Finishing, Shooting Drill

Chris Johnson 271,421 Views Rating 3.98 (109 Reviews)
This crossing, finishing soccer drill is all about scoring goals. This drill is a great training tool to perfect crossing, finishing, and heading in soccer. 

3-Minute Shooting Drill

Chris Johnson 126,614 Views Rating 3.76 (33 Reviews)
This soccer drill allows the coach to focus on shooting, goalkeeping and clearing balls from the back.

Head/Catch Game

Chris Johnson 203,314 Views Rating 4.08 (74 Reviews)
This soccer game is more of a fun activity that focuses on listening and reaction skills.

4V4 With 5 Goals Inside The 18

Chris Johnson 211,200 Views Rating 4.01 (108 Reviews)
This 4v4 drill is one of my favorite soccer finishing drills as it works on every aspect of finishing inside the 18-yard box.

Power/Finness with a Twist

Chris Johnson 192,928 Views Rating 4.09 (110 Reviews)
This drill focuses on players comfort level in striking long shots as well as close range shots, volleys, and headers.

Crossing/Finishing Drill

Chris Johnson 103,714 Views Rating 4 (34 Reviews)
This crossing and finishing drill focuses on attacking within the 18 yard box. This drills primary focus is crossing, shooting, and heading.

Across-Field Warm-Up

Chris Johnson 229,406 Views Rating 3.88 (92 Reviews)
This soccer drill focuses on technical skills during warm up. This drill is a great warm-up before a game.

Handling Flighted Balls

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This drill focuses on passing and receiving flighted balls during warm-up.

5v2 Rotating Defenders

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This 5v2 drill will focus on keeping possession by making good passes and good passing decisions, moving to open space, and good communication.

3v2 Flying Changes

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This 3v2 drill is designed to focus on the three vs two situation, angle of support, passing decisions, and defensive shape.