EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Drop-kicks

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.

Set-up

2 players.
1 ball.
Cones – 1st and 2nd cones 10m apart with further cones at 5m intervals.

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

Begin the session by kicking back and forth over varying distances.

Begin the session by kicking back and forth over varying distances.


Development

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.

Setup targets to practice kicking to different parts of the pitch.

Setup targets to practice kicking to different parts of the pitch.


Game situation

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.

Players became active when they face the keeper introducing decision making.

Players became active when they face the keeper introducing decision making.


What to call out

  • “Focus on accuracy first, power can come later”
  • “Take your time”
  • “Keep your kicking action smooth”
  • “Adjust for the wind”
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