Soccer Header Tag Training Drill

Header Tag

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 5-10 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Heading

Field Preparation:

  • supply of balls
  • grid (20yds x 30yds)
  • cones to mark off area


  • players dribble inside playing area
  • taggers run with a ball in their hands
  • taggers must throw up ball and head it against a runner
  • if a dribbler is hit by a header he/she switches roles with the tagger


  • specify how players must dribble (left or right foot, inside or outside foot etc.)
  • vary number of taggers
  • group of taggers has only one or two balls which they pass around by throwing with their hands (tagger must
  • head the ball against a dribbler on a pass by another tagger) groups switch roles after 4-5 minutes and compare
  • number of hits after 2(4) rounds
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • agility and balance
  • contact surface of foot
  • deception
  • set up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protect the ball
  • vision
  • close control


  • eye on the ball (read flight of ball)
  • body in line of flight
  • area of contact
  • use of upper body and legs to generate power

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