Goalkeeper training demands special coaching requirements. However, like most coaches, you probably don’t have time to devote as much attention to your goalkeepers as you would like. These drills highlight some of the main things you need to be aware of when undertaking goalkeeper training.

We look at angles, shot-stopping, organising a defence, handling, fitness and much more. We also try as much as possible to make sure that your goalkeeping practices work as team practices too.

How to coach goalkeepers on 1v1 situations- part 1

Goalkeeper 1v1

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

A goalkeeper’s job is to make it as difficult as possible for an opposition striker to score in any situation. And when it’s just the goalkeeper against a striker in a 1 v 1, it is essential that the goalkeeper uses all the tools within his/her arsenal to make it as tough as possible for the striker to score. MORE

How to coach a goalkeeper's two-fisted punch - part 1

Goalkeeper’s two-fisted punch

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There are times when a goalkeeper can’t catch a flighted ball, such as when the penalty box is crowded, so the next best option is to clear the ball as far away as possible. The two-fisted punch is the most effective way to do this. MORE

Save long shots

in Goalkeeping, Small Sided Games

This session is all about saving long shots and making sure any rebounds go safe. Long shots can cause problems if the goalkeeper drops the ball – lurking attacker only needs a sniff of the ball and it’ll be in the net. MORE

How to coach keeper sweeper - part 1

Keeper sweeper

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Goalkeepers have to be alert even if they don’t have a lot to do in some games. Any attack on their goal can be prevented by early action such as interrupting long balls to sweep away danger. MORE

How to coach keepers to be ever ready to make a save - part 1

Ever ready to make a save

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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. MORE

How to coach goal keeper reaction drills- part 1


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Improving your goalkeeper’s reaction speed to different attacking situations such as rebounds and the fast, unexpected shot could stop your team leaking goals. MORE

How to coach palming the ball over the bar - part 1

Palming the ball over the bar

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A keeper needs a variety of techniques to cope with those times when they can’t catch the ball. Palming the ball over the bar is one of those techniques, and is ideal for high crosses that could potentially drop behind the keeper and into the net. MORE

How to coach the scoop save - part 1

Scoop save

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Any shot that is traveling towards a goalkeeper’s legs at pace is difficult to deal with. Young goalkeepers in particular have problems with these and often opt for kicking the ball away, or end up with the ball hitting, or even worse, going through their legs into the goal. MORE

How to coach keeper confidence drills- part 1

The second six yards

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When a cross arrives between the six-yard box and penalty spot, the goalkeeper can catch the ball or leave it to his defenders. This session will improve your goalkeeper’s confidence and decision making in the crucial “second six yards”. MORE

Pre-season with your goalkeeper

in Email newsletters, Goalkeeping

I've made it my target as soon as we got back to training to get hold of a keeper... and I have found a great one. It can easily be overlooked when you are the manager of the team unless you have a plan worked out for pre-season that includes your goalkeeper. MORE

How to coach goalkeeper kicking and handling drills- part 1

Safe hands and safe feet

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The ability to deal with balls that come to the goalkeeper from all angles is one of the most important parts of a goalkeeper’s game. It relies on positioning, technique and good decision making. Most importantly, keepers need to be good with their feet as well as their hands. MORE

Coaching your goalkeeper

in Email newsletters, Goalkeeping

At the younger age groups I have always found it a difficult job filling the position of goalkeeper. I've done various things, put my own son in goal, had two goalkeepers so one half they play outfield the other in goal but were never subbed – it helped but didn't totally solve the problem. So what do you do? MORE

Keeper save volleys

Give goalkeepers confidence

in Goalkeeping, Warm Ups

This goalkeeper warm up is all about reacting to balls played close to the keeper and getting them to take ownership of the ball. The goalkeeper can make a huge difference to a team, with a confident player who can clear the ball taking the pressure off defenders. MORE

How to coach quattro goalkeeping - part 1

Quattro goalkeeping

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Four balls, four goals and four chances to make a save, all wrapped up with a 4v4. This fast paced shot stopping session would even test the likes of Italian goalkeeping greats Gianluigi Buffon and Dino Zoff. MORE

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