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Coaches News and Tips

When Should Your Players Start Heading?

AYSO recommends that heading be practiced only with players age 10 and above. Coaches are encouraged to not teach or practice heading at the earlier ages.

For coaches with players age 10 and up, proper heading techniques can be introduced by using Rag©, Nerf©, or an inflatable ball. This helps development of proper technique, and helps young players avoid unnecessary, repetitive heading of a regulation soccer ball.

Continue reading for more information on safely introducing heading to players.

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