The goalkeeper is often the player that is the most neglected when it comes to training nights yet is one of the most important players on the pitch. Certainly at lots of clubs players take turns to play in goal – I have no problem with that but if that is the case you need to make sure the players have the basics covered. MORE
Goal kick (U7-U8 activity)
HOW TO TAKE A GOAL KICK
“Place the ball on the forward edge of the goal area” • “Kick the ball away from goal towards a team mate”
Set up the activity in the penalty area of your normal pitch. Split players into two teams and arrange them so that they are in position for a goal kick.
Remember that at this age group no opposition players are allowed over the halfway line when a goal kick is taken.
When you say “go”, the goalkeeper must aim his kick towards a team mate and the activity plays from there.
The opposition players can cross the halfway line and challenge for the ball as soon as the goalkeeper has made his kick. Play on until the ball goes out of play, into the opposition’s half or a goal is scored.
Set this up and play it a few times, making sure that the kick goes to different players. Swap the teams round so that everyone gets a chance to take the kick and challenge the kick.
How many players do I need?
Use your whole squad.