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Face the striker (U13-14 activity)

GOALKEEPING 13

Face the striker

REACTING TO SHOTS

“Keep your eyes on the ball” • “React quickly to the shot” • “Get your body behind the ball to stop the shot”

Set up a 10 x 5 yards area, with cones as shown. A server stands six yards away from the central cone. Line three keepers on one side.

One keeper pushes off and moves sideways in a crouching position to pick up (or clear with feet) a volley from the server.

The server can hold the ball and kick that way for accuracy. The serve must be gentle at first, working up to a hard kick.

The keepers go in turn. Next the keeper starts on the back cone, goes forwards to the front cone and then sideways to catch or clear a shot (above). Then they start at the side cone, move to the back and then to the front before catching or clearing (left). Then the keepers go to the other side and do the same sequence.

You can turn the activity into a game by awarding three points for a catch and one point for a clearance.

How many players do I need?

We used four players – a server and three goalkeepers.

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