At the younger age groups I have always found it a difficult job filling the position of goalkeeper. I've done various things, put my own son in goal, had two goalkeepers so one half they play outfield the other in goal but were never subbed – it helped but didn't totally solve the problem. So what do you do? MORE
This technical session works on goalkeeper position and taking the fear out of diving at an attacker’s feet. Young goalkeepers need to practice their timing and movement to get it right in matches.
What this session is about
- Timing of movement.
- Getting down to smother the shot.
- Making life hard for attackers.
- Changing the angles to make the goal “smaller”.
What to think about
Goalkeepers must consider:
- Being on their toes, ready to pounce.
- Timing of movement.
- Going down to one knee then lead the landing of the body (from a dive) from the arms downwards.
- Keeping an eye on the ball – being brave.
- Using positive movements towards the ball.
- Trying to keep hold of the ball once collected.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10 minutes||15-20 minutes||15-20 minutes||15-20 minutes||10 minutes|
What you get your players to do
Use the final third of a pitch, three outfield players and a goalkeeper, as shown in the top picture.
Server A in the centre begins the drill with a volley at half pace from his hands at the goalkeeper, who catches the ball and rolls out to attacker B.
This attacker must dribble through the cones and then try to get past the goalkeeper and score.
Once that attack ends, server A repeats the volley and attacker C must try to get around the goalkeeper from the other side.
Play for six balls (three attempts each for B and C) then swap the players around.
To develop this scenario, allow B and C to shoot as they run through the cones rather than trying to round the keeper first.
To progress further, once the goalkeeper has rolled the ball to B or C, server A becomes a defender and reacts to B or C’s first touch.
B and C can join together to make it two attackers v defender and goalkeeper, or the attacker in possession can choose to go it alone.
Set up a small-sided game in an area, split into three zones. Play a five-a-side game (including goalkeepers).
Mark out a 10-yard zone at each end, where one defender is allowed to go and attackers can only enter when they dribble the ball through to make an individual attack against the defender and goalkeeper.