Football/Soccer Session (First Team): Heading: Blocked, variable and SSG progressions (Start Time: 2013-12-27 22:05:00)

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Derek Evans, Adult Member

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Derek Evans
Name: Derek Evans
City: Cardiff
Country: United Kingdom
Rank: Elite – 4 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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Blocked, variable and SSG focusing on all aspects of heading


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Blocked drill - heading

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Blocked drill - heading (10 mins)

Set up and organisation:

16 players used here, in pairs about 5 yards apart.

One ball per pair

Cones placed on the floor about 2 yards apart as target markers

Drill 1:

Players marked number 1 throw the ball with both hands toward their partners at head height (players marked number 2).

The aim is for the players to head the ball back to their respective partner, aiming to head the ball back to their hands.

Perform 10-20 headers each, then swap

Key points:

Body positioning of player doing header

Eyes focused on the ball and keep them open

Strike the ball with the centre of the forehead

Strike the middle of the ball

Follow through and point in the direction you want the ball to travel to

Drill 2: Attacking headers

Players marked number 1 throw the ball towards head height as per the first drill, but players number 2 have to attack the ball and head it downward and aim to get it through the cones laid out and that it bounces before it returns toward their partners.

Perform 10-20 headers before alternating

Key points:

Attack the ball

Head the top part of the ball to aim it down

Get your body position 'side on' to generate power

Jump if you have to, in order to get in the best position to generate the power

Drill 3: Defensive headers

Players marked number 1 throw balls above head height in order for the partners to jump. Players marked number 2 have to spring up and jump and attacke the ball from a defensive perspective.

Players numbered 2 have to attack the ball and aim to head it over their partner, gaining as much air and distance as possible.

Players perform 10-20 headers before alternating

Key points:

Timing to jump and head the ball to get maximum power

Aim to strike the lower part of the ball in order for the ball to travel in the air for longer.

Try to get as much distance and 'air' on the ball

Perform 10-20 headers before alternating


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Variable - heading

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Variable - heading (15 mins)

Organisation:

20 x 20 metre pitch with a small goal at each end

8 players, divided into 2 teams

Numerous balls

Four corner areas marked out with cones, approx 5 x 5 metres

Aim:

This variable drill focuses on attacking and defensive heading, along with additional skills such as passing, communication and movement.

- 2 v 2 play with a ball (players numbered 3 and 4) , and attempt to pass it to one of their team mates (players numbered 1 and 2).

- Red team are attacking the goal nearest to where their team mates are positioned in the corner zones, and are defending the other goal where the blue team players are positioned in the corner.

- Once a ball has been passed to one of the corner zone players, the corner zone player can throw the ball in with an aim for the player to run and head the ball and score.

- Rotate the players after 5 minutes so that every player plays at least 2 small games of 5 minute duration.

Progressions:

Keep individual / team scores

Best attacking / defensive header

Can anyone do a diving header to score /defend?


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): SSG - heading

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SSG - heading (25 mins)

Organisation:

40 x 30 metre pitch, with goals at each end

6 v 6, with two players from each team in the wide zones, which are about 5 metres wide from the touchline

Numerous balls available

Aim:

The aim of this SSG is to improve attacking and defensive heading

During this game, players should pass the ball out to the players in the wide zones, who can then cross it for their team mates to score. They can only score by heading the ball.

If the ball goes for a goal kick, they should pass it in from the goal line out to one of the wide zone players.

The wide players are unopposed

Play for 20 minutes, rotating the wide zone players every few minutes.

Potential issue:

If it is difficult to cross the ball accurately from the wide zones, players can use their hands to throw the ball instead.


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