At the younger age groups I have always found it a difficult job filling the position of goalkeeper. I've done various things, put my own son in goal, had two goalkeepers so one half they play outfield the other in goal but were never subbed – it helped but didn't totally solve the problem. So what do you do? MORE
Goalkeeper kicking (U13-14 activity)
DRIVEN OR LOFTED
“Head over ball” • “Arms out for balance” • “Kick with laces on big toe side” • “Lean back for lofted kick”
Position two players about 15 yards apart. One player kicks the ball to the other player and he kicks back.
The ball is usually kicked either using the inner side of the foot that runs along from toe to heel, or using the small area around the inside of the big toe.
With each technique the body will be positioned in a different way, in order to propel the ball at different speeds, strengths and heights.
The body will always be balanced, with the player’s eyes on the ball and with the nonkicking foot and both arms providing balance and support while the kicking leg pulls back and follows through.
How many players do I need?
Players work in pairs