Heading is such an important part of soccer that it cannot be eliminated from practice. Countless games have been won or lost by a header so not practicing it is not an option. Here are important teaching concepts for heading the ball.Read More
Heading a soccer ball is neither a simple skill nor a single skill to be taught and trained. There are a variety of heading techniques that need to be learned by players. Coaches need to be able to recognize and teach the component parts of each type of heading. This video series is designed to help minimize the possibility of injury when heading a soccer ball.Read More
We don't practice it properly or on a regular basis so ‘heading’ gets relegated to the waste paper basket. Then people wonder why injuries happen. Skill is knowledge and rarely do the great headers of the ball get injured because of that awareness & know how.
And rather than banning ‘heading’ in the younger age groups I would suggest that governing bodies encourage the play of Futsal as the main soccer game up to U.12's…!Read More
In order to minimize the chances of players colliding heads during a header, the safest technique for performing a header needs to be trained. Just like learning any new skill, players need a high number of repetitions practicing proper technique to learn effectively. Here is a solution to this problem in the form of a lightweight ball that maximizes the simulation of a normal ball's flight pattern, and minimizes the sub-concussive impact when heading the ball.Read More
Heading is an important part of the game and should be practiced correctly and safely. This drill from Smedley focuses on heading under pressure and works on directing the header, footwork and clearing headers.Read More