EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

All round keeper skills

This drill is based on simple repetition and can be used to improve your keeper’s core skills.

What this session is about

  1. Footwork
  2. Handling
  3. Shot-stopping

What to think about

  • Cover the ground rapidly, using “fast feet” – short, quick steps, to get into position to make the save.
  • Narrow the angle.
  • Adopt the “ready” position before the shot – be balanced, on the balls (or front) of the feet, bending comfortably at the knees, arms and hands up slightly but relaxed.
  • Catch the ball if possible, but if not, push or deflect it away from danger.
  • Use the correct saving techniques – e.g “scoop save” (scoop the ball with the hands into the chest) or dive save (landing on ankle, outside of knee, hip, side of upper torso, shoulder in that order).
  • Return to feet immediately, ready to make the next save.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Set up a circle measuring 18 yards across. Space six servers, each with a ball, evenly around the outside with a keeper in the middle.

Practising one technique at a time, each server takes it in turns to serve a ball to the keeper, who after performing the skill returns the ball before turning clockwise to receive from the next server.

Servers throw or roll the ball underarm so the keeper can practice a variety of techniques, such as “scoop saves”, diving, “W” catches etc. After completing a circle, the keeper moves anticlockwise.

Regularly rotate keepers.

Server sends in a ball and keeper has to perform a different skill each time such a “scoop save”, “W” catch, etc.

Server sends in a ball and keeper has to perform a different skill each time such a “scoop save”, “W” catch, etc.


Development

In the middle of the same circle, place three cones in a triangle five yards apart to form three goals (two servers per goal).

This time the keeper moves quickly from goal to goal to reposition himself for each serve and servers use their feet to serve and choose the type of service – e.g. ground passes, shots, volleys straight out of the hand, etc.

  • To progress, allow players to shoot before the keeper has fully recovered position from the previous shot.
As before but this time servers aim for the cone goals in the middle.

As before but this time servers aim for the cone goals in the middle.


Game situation

Increase the size of the circle to 25 yards. Play 3v3 and a goalkeeper. If the defence wins possession, it dribbles the ball out of the circle to score a point.

All restarts begin with you passing to the attackers. After a set time, teams switch roles and scores are added together to see who wins.

One team looks to score in the triangle goals. If the defence wins the ball they score a point by dribbling out of the circle.

One team looks to score in the triangle goals. If the defence wins the ball they score a point by dribbling out of the circle.


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