AskDave With the new season approaching how can I make sure my goalkeeper comes out for the ball more? Last season he stuck so solidly to his line, it’s almost as if his feet were glued there 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|
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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”