Players can use their head to change the direction of the ball, make a pass and even shoot the ball to the goal. Hitting the ball effectively with your head will take many hours of practice, be sure to keep practice times short to protect yourself from possible injury.
There are two types of headers in soccer. Use the directional header to control where the ball will go after it comes in contact with your head. To do this you will need to hit the soccer ball with the middle of your forehead or just at your hairline.
Learn the clearing header, this involves hitting the ball with your forehead as hard as possible to keep it away from the defenders. While this method is great for getting out of a tight jam, it can result in the other team getting control of the ball.
Some ways to practice heading the ball include:
- Balancing the soccer ball on your forehead without letting it drop to the ground.
- Bounce the soccer ball off your forehead and straight up in the air.
- Practice hitting the ball higher and higher each time you drop the ball onto your forehead.
- Try bouncing the ball repeatedly on your forehead without catching it with your hands in between bounces.
- Throw the ball into the air and try bouncing the ball with your forehead. Remember to look at the ball as it comes in contact with your head.