FOOTBALL AND HEADING THE BALL

Interesting hearing Sir Geoff Hurst on this issue. he made the point that it was practice that was the problem, not actual matches where he might head the ball once or twice. I guess that might be true for a forward meeting crosses, but a defender heading back goal kicks might be different. possible rule changes here?

2 Replies to “FOOTBALL AND HEADING THE BALL”

  1. I wonder how much difference the ball makes? Back in the 60’s they were still using wet, heavy leather balls that must have been like heading a medicine ball. I would be interested to see the research on heading a modern football

    1. You are right, as usual, I thought it interesting that Geoff Hurst was not against heading the ball per se, just the practice and possibly the younger ones. With modern goalkeepers they usually throw or pass the ball out so I wonder how many times a ball is headed in a modern game? And actually, in the 60’s I think we had plastic covered balls, or at least not the heavy leather ones? I remember it being a topic of conversation even then!

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