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
Survive the chaos (U13-14 activity)
Survive the chaos
“Be aware” • “Keep your eyes on the ball” • “React quickly to the second shot” • “Be on the balls of your feet ready to react”
Set the two goals up at an angle with a goalkeeper in each goal. Place three cones in between the goals – one just behind the goals, one 5 yards in front of that cone and one 15 yards further in front.
Player B passes a ball to player A who fires it back to B so he can shoot at the two goals. The direction of A’s pass will determine which goal B shoots at, so make sure A is passing so that B can take shots at either goalkeeper.
The keepers must read the position of the ball and react quickly. As soon as that shot has been fired, player C moves the ball to one side or the other and takes a long shot.
You can experiment with how far away you want C to stand so the shots are of good power and accuracy.
Make sure C is shooting at both goals in turn – B can deflect C’s shot at the goal to add difficulty.
How many players do I need?
We used five players – three working players and two goalkeepers.