Junior Soccer Coach for everyone involved with running and supporting a junior or youth soccer team.
Home     Contact Us     Search     Member Area
 Join Us
Become a member and get immediate access to all our soccer drills, coaching information, discussion forum and much more...
 Search

Inspiration Soccer Coaching Video
 About Us
About this Site
Article Index
Contact Us
Frequent Questions
Privacy Policy
Sample Articles
Subscribe Today
Tell a Friend
Terms of Use
 COACH'S KIT BAG
Coach Development
Team Management
Tactics & Teamwork
Feature Articles
Tip of the Week
Most Popular
Download Library
 TRAINING GROUND
Control Drills
Defending
Dribbling & Turning
Goalkeeping
Heading Drills
Passing Drills
Set Plays
Shooting Drills
Technical Overview
 RESOURCES
Help
Team Photographs
Free soccer coaching guide on how to develop your team into a successful team.
 PRODUCTS
All Products
Clothing
Coaching DVDs

Here's what some of our members are saying.....!

"Your website has helped me invigorate my training sessions and keep me involved and enjoying the coaching.  Its well laid out has current valuable information about coaching, coach development and other great practical stuff about handling difficult situations.  Thanks."

Ernie Sciarrillo
Chester, UK

"...let me congratulate you for this wonderful site it is really very strong and usefull site, my club and I are very impreessed"

Mohamed Mohsen Mohamed Zaki
Egypt

"I've found everything on the site to be a massive help.  The video footage, excellent illustrations, animated drills, this is truly a magnificent site.  There's everything for the most inexperienced coach to qualified association coaches."

Jason Davies
Clwyd, Wales

"Me, my soccer team, parents and club have all benefited from the superb information that you have in JSC.  My training sessions are totally packed with technical practices, skill developments and small sided games.  Players have fun in training and we are winning more games, so everyone's a winner!"

Colin Rose
Ontario, Canada



Home | Sample Articles | Cross To Head - Attacking
 

Cross To Head - Attacking

AIM

Here we are working on getting our attackers to practice the art of headed goals. By repetition the players can hone their skills, the illustration does not include defenders but as part of the progession they should be introduced.

ORGANISATION

Organise around the 18 yard box for more senior playes, say 12 to 16 years of age. For younger players reduce the size and mark out an area with a goal. Place two attackers in front of the goal, their objective is to score as many headed goals as they can from the balls that will be served to them by the severs.

Good delivery is essential as here we are working on heading and not necessarily crossing the ball. It may be useful to begin with to have the servers throw the balls into the attackers to give them a good opportunity to practice. For younger players, please remember to use a lighter ball and be conscious that they will be nervous at first so don't pump long balls into them, steadily build up to this. With the older players as technique is developed vary the types of headers that you want them to use, for example a looping header to the far post, glancing header, downwards power drive to the foot of the goal, going for the near and far post etc.

EQUIPMENT

12 balls (4 for each server) goal mouth or equivalent area, 7 players

COACHING POINTS

ATTACKING HEADING

  • Attackers to be on their toes to adjust to the flight of the ball and attack it
  • Eyes open to watch the ball all the way
  • Mouth closed, this makes the skull more rigid as reduces risk of injury
  • Body should be side on to the target
  • Elbows should be out to the side of body for balance and protection
  • Arch the back, to get power into the header
  • Head the ball with the forehead, strike the ball centre top, this should provide accuracy and power directing the ball downwards towards the goal
  • As contact is being made, throw the elbows back and straighten the arch in back to really create power.
(Note, as long as the attacking header hits the target with either a deft touch or a powerful bullet like header, the player should be congratulated on achieving their objective!) Encourage the attackers to talk to each other shouting if they are in a better position to take the header depending on the quality of the delivery.

PROGRESSION

  1. Start the exercise without a goal keeper, allowing the attackers a better chance of scoring
  2. Server to throw the balls in rather than kick them in
  3. Vary the types of scoring headers
  4. Award points for headers scored
  5. To make the technical practice a skill development introduce the goalkeeper
  6. To make it completely game like introduce defenders aswell, to begin with they should just jump with the attackers to attempt to put them off rather than challenge. Progress to this.

ILLUSTRATION










Printer-Friendly Format