Former Watford and Brentford keeper Richard Lee was great at saving penalties. He also runs training courses for young goalkeepers. Here he gives Dave Clarke six tips that will help your stopper saving more penalties. MORE
Goalkeeper’s one-fisted punch
There are times when a goalkeeper can’t catch a cross from a wide position, such as when the penalty box is overcrowded, and it is not possible to punch the ball well clear of the area. The next best option is to help the ball on its way in the same direction.
What this session is about
- Clearing the ball from the penalty box by getting height and distance.
- Dealing with crosses.
- Decision making.
What to think about
The one-fisted punch should be used when the ball is too high to be reached with a two-fisted punch. The one-fisted punch is often more of a flick that helps the ball on its way.
Use the arm furthest from the server. If the goalkeeper is able to use the arm nearest the server they could probably use both hands as the ball will not be so high.
Thumb against side of fist, not inside and use the flat surface below knuckles to drive through bottom of ball. Jab at an angle up and across body so the forearm follows the wrist.
Keep ball going in same direction.
- 1 ball between 3 players.
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What you get your players to do
3 keepers (A, B, C) line up with about 5 yards between each player. The goalkeeper in the middle (B) kneels while the goalkeepers either side stand facing each other.
A throws the ball above B’s head, and B punches it to C. C then serves the ball back to B, who punches it to A.
Repeat several times before the players switch roles.
Repeat the drill but with the keeper in the middle standing and increase distance between the 3 players to 10m.
Add more height to serve so keepers have to jump to punch the ball and vary the speed of delivery.
Play 4v4 in a pitch approx 30 x 20 metres, plus 2 goalkeepers and 2 wide players operating outside the touchline who play for the team with the ball and are conditioned to provide high crosses from a variety of angles whenever possible.
Wide players have three touches (control, move into space, cross) while goalkeepers have to decide what to do – catch, punch (one or two fists?) or allow defenders to head clear for each cross.
What to call out
- “Help the ball on its way”
- “Only use one fist if you won’t reach with two”
- “Height, distance and width is what we want to work towards”
- “Jump if you can”