Former Watford and Brentford keeper Richard Lee was great at saving penalties. He also runs training courses for young goalkeepers. Here he gives Dave Clarke six tips that will help your stopper saving more penalties. MORE
Drop-kicking is a great way for a goalkeeper to distribute the ball accurately, even into the wind if the trajectory is low.
What this session is about
- Goalkeeper distribution techniques.
- Starting an attack.
- Accurately finding a teammate.
What to think about
- Hold the ball with both hands.
- Stand directly behind ball.
- Take a 2 or 3 step run-up.
- Aim standing foot at target.
- Allow ball to drop – don’t throw it up.
- Strike the ball just after it bounces, on the half-volley.
- Follow straight through towards target.
- Land on kicking foot.
Cones – 1st and 2nd cones 10m apart with further cones at 5m intervals.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10 minutes||10-15 minutes||10-15 minutes||10-15 minutes||10 minutes|
What you get your players to do
Working in pairs, the goalkeepers start approximately 10m apart and drop-kick the ball back and forth into each other’s hands. Gradually increase the distance between the goalkeepers by 5m.
Using 3 pairs of poles 10m apart, set up 3 “targets” approx 30 – 40m away from goal. Set up target 1 at an angle to the left of the goal, target 2 straight ahead, and target 3 at an angle to the right of the goal. Serve a ball high or low so the keeper has to make a save, then specify a target (1, 2 or 3) they have to kick into.
Serve another ball immediately. Replace the targets with 3 players. The keeper can choose who to kick to, but if a player has their back turned they can’t receive the ball. If all three have their backs turned then the keeper must drop kick the ball as far as possible.
Condition a small-sided game so that when the keeper receives the ball they must attempt to pick out a teammate with a drop kick.
What to call out
- “Focus on accuracy first, power can come later”
- “Take your time”
- “Keep your kicking action smooth”
- “Adjust for the wind”