Soccer Volleys and Headers Training Drill

Volleys and Headers

Interested in learning how you can volley a soccer ball? In that case look at the very best across the world hit the ball for the volley.
Tips to striking the soccer ball on the volley:

  • Place the standing foot at the designated target
  • Never lean backwards
  • Attempt to strike the middle of the ball
  • You want to keep ankle joint locked
  • Follow-through – strike through the ball
  • Bend your knees slightly
  • Square your body for the oncoming ball

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (30yds x 40yds)
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • teams can score on both goals
  • goals count only off headers and volley shots
  • the team that scores maintains possession but has to move the ball across the middle line before it
  • can score again


  • no goalies
  • goals count only if the last pass was made on a first touch
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage

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