EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Footwork

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.

Set-up

  •  1 Goal. 6 cones 3 yards from the goal line
  •  Coach stands approximately 10 yards from goal line.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 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.
The goalkeeper should move quickly between the cones.

The goalkeeper should move quickly between the cones.


Development

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.

Upon reaching the final cone a ball is served for the keeper to save

Upon reaching the final cone a ball is served for the keeper to save


Game situation

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.

To increase the difficulty, the goalkeeper should complete the footwork facing goal before pinning to make a save.

To increase the difficulty, the goalkeeper should complete the footwork facing goal before pinning to make a save.


What to call out

  •  “On toes”
  •  “Fast feet”
  •  “Move into line with the ball”
  •  “Get back on your feet”
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