How to head the ball
One of the most common obstacles with heading the ball is overcoming your natural fear of getting hit on the head by a flying object. Don’t let the ball to hit you – you are the one who is swinging at the ball! Remember, it won’t hurt if you do it correctly.
The ball should be struck with the top part of your forehead. Young players tend to close their eyes when heading the ball. By doing so, you can’t see where the ball is and you may injure yourself or somebody else. Lock your eyes on the part of the ball that you want to hit and keep them open until contact.
Before jumping for a header, you need to adjust to the ball’s path by shuffling. You are not going to produce a good header if you are not well aligned with the ball. The power of a header does not come from your neck. You have to bend your entire upper body back and lunge forward to strike the ball.
Techniques for heading the ball
To head the ball with a good amount of power you’ll need to arch your body back and swing your head forward. Keep your shoulders leveled and perpendicular to your aim. Contact should be made with the center of the forehead. Aligning yourself with the ball before you jump is critical.
With this technique, you propel your entire body in the path of the ball. Your arms should be stretched forward for protection on landing. The diving header can be used by defenders to clear the ball and occasionally on the attack.
When executing the glancing header, you turn your head and shoulders in direction of your aim. This motion redirects the oncoming ball. The glancing header is used for directing crosses in the goal.