It is an important part of a striker’s tool box to be able to dribble the ball and have a shot a goal as a result – often finding space in the final third relies on aggressive strikers MORE
For goalkeepers, footwork is essential. Using their hands to make a save is obviously the first thought anybody has about shot stopping. However, if the goalkeeper is not in position they’ll never get the chance to use their hands.
What this session is about
This session is about using quick footwork to get you into position to make saves. Also, it will improve shot stopping ability and handling.
What to think about
- Fast feet Cover ground as fast as possible to make save.
- Handling Priority should always be to catch the ball, but if catching is not possible, where can the ball be safely deflected to.
- 1 Goal. 6 cones 3 yards from the goal line
- Coach stands approximately 10 yards from goal line.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10 minutes||10 minutes||20 minutes||10 minutes||7 minutes|
What you get your players to do
- Goalkeeper must be “on toes” at starting position.
- Server calls “Go” for goalkeeper to start.
- The goalkeeper moves quickly between the cones.
- Ball is served as goalkeeper gets to last cone.
- Encourage goalkeeper to step “into line / down the line” of the ball.
- Recovery saves: if goalkeeper doesn’t catch shot, they must quickly get back up and cover the rebound.
Progress by getting the goalkeeper to complete the footwork facing the goal, then spinning when they reach the last cone. This reduces the amount of reaction time they have. Add a server at the other end. As soon as a save is made the keeper repeats the drill in the opposite direction.
Get two goalkeepers taking turns to complete the drill. Award two points for a caught save and one for a deflected save. Give each goalkeeper the same amount of time to make as many saves as they can. This will encourage them to move between the cones and recover to their feet quicker.
What to call out
- “On toes”
- “Fast feet”
- “Move into line with the ball”
- “Get back on your feet”