Teach your goalkeeper to play the ball out with their feet and start attacks from the back. By GWYNNE WILLIAMS MORE
Goalkeeping is not simply about making eye-catching dives to the top corner of the goal. This session will help improve your goalkeepers’ distribution, catching from crosses and shot stopping – and your outfield players will benefit in dribbling, crossing and shooting techniques.
Use an area 30 yards long and 40 yards wide for all practices.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
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Two goalkeepers work at the same time. They throw or pass the ball out to their wide player. When a cross comes in from the opposite wing, the goalkeepers try to come and catch the cross. Immediately after this, the goalkeeper must react to make a save from a shot from an attacker. The goalkeepers have 30 seconds’ rest before repeating this circuit. Swap the wing from which crosses are made on a regular basis.
In a small-sided game, each team places a wide player with a supply of balls on the wing. After a shot on target, the wide player on the attacking team is allowed to cross a second ball into the penalty area.
This rule forces the goalkeeper to react quickly to a second ball in order to come and catch the cross or save a header/shot from the cross.
Play a small-sided game but it is the goalkeepers who are in competition with each other. They compete in three areas: shot stopping, catching crosses and distribution. Goalkeepers earn a point for each successful shot stopped, cross caught, and pass made. At half time, teams change ends but the goalkeepers stay in the same goal so that neither has the advantage of having a better defence or attack.
The goalkeeper with most points wins. And the team with most goals wins the outfield contest.