Teach your goalkeeper to play the ball out with their feet and start attacks from the back. By GWYNNE WILLIAMS MORE
There are times when rather than just sending the ball upfield as far as possible following a back pass, a goalkeeper may have time and a team-mate available to retain possession.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|10 minutes||15 minutes||15 minutes||15 minutes||15 minutes|
A server standing about 5 metres outside the penalty area, to the left of the arc or “D”, passes to the goalkeeper who controls the ball and passes it along the ground to one of the two wide target players (T1 and T2), also situated outside the penalty area.
After say, 5 passes, the server switches position to the right of the “D” and the drill is repeated.
To progress the keeper must clear the pass first time.
Introduce a passive forward, located inside the “D”, who runs towards the keeper after the server has passed the ball to try and make the clearance more difficult.
To progress, the forward becomes active, making it genuinely difficult for the keeper to clear the ball. The back pass, however, must always favour the keeper.
To increase the difficulty further, the server can try varying the service e.g. throwing the ball back, so the goalkeeper has to control the ball, with say the foot or chest, before clearing the ball.
Play 4×4 plus 2 keepers in a grid approx 30x20m and encourage the goalkeepers to clear the ball by passing to a free team-mate wherever possible.