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Goalkeeper v attacker duel

The odds are against the goalkeeper when faced with an attacker who has broken clear of the defence. However, by practicing the right techniques they can give themselves a better chance of stopping a goal.

What this session is about

  1. Improving a goalkeeper’s effectiveness in 1v1 situations.
  2. Shot stopping.

What to think about

  • Starting position off goal-line, but watch being chipped!
  • Hands out and low. On toes, feet apart, knees slightly bent.
  • Narrowing angle – move forwards quickly when ball’s outside attacker’s playing distance.
  • Being a long ground barrier to dispossess attacker or…
  • …gathering shot, or pushing it out or away from danger.

Set-up

Using a penalty box, split attackers into two groups approx 30m from goal and about the width of the penalty box “D” apart.

2 servers on the edge of the penalty box, also about the width of the penalty box “D” apart.

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

What you get your players to do

The players from both lines take it in turns to run onto a pass from the server on their side, then play a 1-2 with the server, who knocks the ball into their path so they can shoot first time from the edge of the penalty box.

The player then collects their ball and joins the back of the other line.

The drill is repeated for the second line.

The goalkeeper tries to stop a shot from the one-two.

The goalkeeper tries to stop a shot from the one-two.


Development

Run the drill as before.

This time the players attempt to dribble around the goalkeeper rather than shooting first time.

Finally, give the attackers the option to dribble round the goalkeeper or to shoot early. The goalkeeper now needs to read the situation and make a quick decision.

This time the goalkeeper tries to stop a player dribbling round them.

This time the goalkeeper tries to stop a player dribbling round them.


Game situation

Three teams of 3 play continuous attack v defence, but only two teams are playing at any one time.

Create a player-free shooting zone in front of the keeper. The attackers must try to free a teammate into the shooting zone to score past a goalkeeper. Defenders can only enter the zone once an attacker receives a pass in the zone.

If the defenders win the ball then the attackers become defenders and a new team runs out to attack. The previous defenders join the queue for the next turn.

If the defences are on top add a neutral player who always plays for the attacking side, creating a 4v3.

Play 3 team, 3v3 continuous with a player-free zone in front of goal.

Play 3 team, 3v3 continuous with a player-free zone in front of goal.


What to call out

  • “Don’t meet pace with pace”
  • “Force him wide”
  • “Don’t go to ground too early”
  • “Up on your feet quickly”
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