Defensive Header

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.