This session is all about movement around the goal so keepers have the best chance of reacting to danger. It forces shot stoppers to think about how they stand and the positions they MORE
Back pass clearance
Goalkeepers should be as comfortable with the ball at their feet as they are with it in their hands, particularly when they receive and clear back passes from their defenders.
What this session is about
- Clearing the ball from the penalty box by getting height and distance.
What to think about
- Move into line with the ball.
- Eyes on the ball, head steady.
- Lean back slightly.
- Strike bottom half of ball and hit vertical line that bisects it.
- Strike with the laces.
- Ankle firm, extend kicking foot.
- Sweep through and across the ball.
1 goalkeeper, 1 server.
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What you get your players to do
A server moves around the outside of the penalty area, serving the ball toward the 6-yard box from a variety of positions. The keeper attempts to clear the ball towards two markers placed towards the half-way line (depending on the keeper’s age and ability) about 15 yards apart. (These can be, for example disc cones or players who also retrieve the ball.)
The goalkeeper must use the right foot if receiving the ball from the right, and the left if the ball arrives from the left, and can take a controlling touch.
To progress the keeper must clear the pass first time.
Introduce a forward who starts from in front and to one side of the server, and who puts pressure on the goalkeeper by attempting to block the clearance.
The back pass, however, must favour the keeper.
Set up a 30-40 yard square at one end of a pitch.
Play 5 defenders plus a goalkeeper versus 5 attackers plus two server/target players. The attackers get points for scoring, while the defenders and keeper get points for clearing the ball to the target players.
If the ball goes out behind the goal-line play restarts with the servers. One of the servers passes the ball to the attacking team to begin the game or once a team is successful.
What to call out
- “First touch out your feet”
- “Eyes on the ball”
- “Don’t try to hit the ball too hard”