INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Use your feet keeper

Modern goalkeepers are as comfortable controlling the ball with their feet as they are with their hands. Having this ability allows them to help their team retain possession after they receive a back pass.

What this session is about

  1. Goalkeeping.
  2. Keeping possession of the ball.

What to think about

Keepers must:

  • Move into line with the ball.
  • Practise good control – e.g. cushion the ball away from pressure using the inside of the foot, but keep control.
  • Pass accurately with good “weight”.
  • If in doubt, clear it out!
  • Outfield players should pull wide to create space. This gives the keeper an option.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Make sure all your players can play in goal. You never know when your regular keepers will be unavailable, injured or sent off!

Set up two pairs of players facing each other five yards apart. Each player alternates between passing and receiving the ball to/from the other pair.

When a keeper receives the ball, he controls it for his partner to pass back. Play two-touch to begin with then one-touch. Make sure players use both feet to control and pass.

To progress, extend the distance between the pairs to 20 yards, as shown in the top picture. Now players make a driven pass and, if necessary, control the ball like an outfield footballer, with any part of the body except their hands and arms.

Pairs of players face each and take turns to control a pass for their partner to return the ball and to make passes themselves.

Pairs of players face each and take turns to control a pass for their partner to return the ball and to make passes themselves.


Development

Use a goal with a goalkeeper and position three servers 10 yards from goal.

Two balls are used at the same time. The exercise begins when server A passes the first ball to the keeper, who controls it and passes to the “free” server (in the example shown, that is server C).

The other server (B) who started in possession of the other ball then passes to the keeper, who again passes to the “free” server (which would be server A), and so on. Replace keepers regularly.

This exercise simulates back passes and keepers must learn to deal with them.

Servers use two balls to continually pass to the keeper, who must stay alert and return them.

Servers use two balls to continually pass to the keeper, who must stay alert and return them.


Game situation

Play a five-a-side game (including keepers) and encourage goalkeepers to clear the ball by passing to a free team mate wherever possible, rather than kicking it high into the air upfield without an intended target.

Also encourage forwards to apply pressure on the keeper so he has to make quick decisions. The team that scores most goals wins.

Encourage keepers to find a team mate in space for an easy pass in a small-sided game. Forwards must rush the keeper.

Encourage keepers to find a team mate in space for an easy pass in a small-sided game. Forwards must rush the keeper.


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