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Narrow the angle

Improving your goalkeeper’s ability to come off the goal line to pressure the attacking forward and narrow the shooting angles will stop your team leaking easy goals. If there is less for an attacker to aim at, scoring goals will inevitably be tougher.

What this session is about

  1. Movement off the line.
  2. Reading of the game.
  3. Narrowing the angle.

What to think about

A positive goalkeeper is able to steal the advantage away from the attacker by taking up a position that allows him to move off the goal line at top speed to narrow the angle.

By narrowing the angle, a goalkeeper reduces the space between himself and the attacker and, in turn, interferes with the attacker’s vision of the goal.

When coming off the line, a goalkeeper must stand tall and hold his ground. This tactic places the attacker under pressure to beat the goalkeeper with his shot.

Recovering defenders must support the keeper by working hard to get back and place the attacker under more pressure.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
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What you get your players to do

Set up as many areas as needed with a goal and alternating keepers. It is useful to have as many players as possible able to take on goalkeeping responsibilities.

To start, the goalkeeper rolls the ball out to an attacker and then moves off the line in order to narrow the angle. The attacker must try to score with a first-time shot.

To progress: Goalkeepers now throw a bouncing overarm throw to the attacker and then move off the line to narrow the angle.

The attacker is now allowed one touch to control the ball and then shoots with his next touch.

In this progression, the attacker’s touch changes the angle so the keeper must also change his position with quick footwork to make the save.

The keeper throws the ball out, cuts down the attacker’s angle before trying to stop the shot.

The keeper throws the ball out, cuts down the attacker’s angle before trying to stop the shot.


Development

Set your players up as shown in the middle picture. The first player in the line of defenders (D) passes a ball to the left and in space for the attacker (A1).

Now the defender must run back to try and stop the shot. The goalkeeper must come off the line and narrow the angle for the attacker.

Can the goalkeeper and defender work together to stop the attacker scoring?

For the next attack, the defender takes the attacker’s space and the new defender must pass to the right to the other attacker (A2).

Defenders pass to an attacker and run back to help the keeper thwart the attack.

Defenders pass to an attacker and run back to help the keeper thwart the attack.


Game situation

Play a small-sided game on a pitch split into three zones, as shown in the bottom picture.

The game is played mainly in the central zone with the aim of breaking into the opponent’s end zone to shoot at goal.

Goalkeepers must stay inside their end zone. The end zones are split into three columns. When outfield players dribble the ball out of the central zone into the end zone, they must stay in the defensive column they entered and shoot at goal within two touches in a 1v1 situation with the goalkeeper.

This means the goalkeeper must be alert and ready to move off the line to narrow the angle and make the save.

Attackers dribble into a column in the end zone and have two touches to shoot. The keeper must act decisively to stop the effort.

Attackers dribble into a column in the end zone and have two touches to shoot. The keeper must act decisively to stop the effort.


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