Teach your goalkeeper to play the ball out with their feet and start attacks from the back. By GWYNNE WILLIAMS MORE
It may only be for a split second, but having a good “ready” position will give a goalkeeper a good platform from which to make a save. Such preparation can be the difference between winning and losing a match.
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Set up two rows of cones and use one keeper and one server, as shown in top picture. Starting from one end of the cones, the goalkeeper enters between the first back two cones and moves to the front two cones.
The server (S) passes to the keeper (K), who controls the ball with his feet, and passes it back. The keeper then moves backwards, around the next rear cone, moves forward and repeats the drill. The same movement takes place four times.
The drill is then repeated, starting from the other end. Players then switch roles.
To progress, the keeper uses his hands to pick up the ball or spread the cones out so he has to dive to stop the ball.
Use a penalty area with a keeper in goal. Place two servers (S) where the “D” meets the edge of the penalty area. The remaining players go into two lines, outside the penalty area as shown in the middle picture.
Taking it in turns, the first player in each line plays a one-two with a server, before taking a touch and shooting at goal. Once the player has taken a shot, he joins the back of the opposite line.
Make sure as many players as possible play as the keeper because you never know when your keeper will be injured, unavailable or sent off.
Play a five-a-side (including keepers) game, as shown in the bottom picture.
Place the goals on the longer touchlines so the pitch is wide rather than long to encourage lots of shots from a variety of angles.
Normal rules apply, including offside. Condition the game so both sides can only take a maximum of three touches before shooting.
As well as the two sets of outfield players competing, the goalkeepers also compete with each other. Each earns a point for each save.
At half time, teams change ends but the keepers stay in the same goal so neither has the advantage of having a better defence or attack.
The goalkeeper with most points wins while the team with most goals wins the outfield contest.