EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Goalkeeping

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 quick reactions - part 1

Quick reactions

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

When an attacker is in the act of heading or shooting, the distance between himself and the goalkeeper can be so close the keeper doesn’t get any time to think about how to make a save. This means he has to develop reaction skills. MORE

How to coach keepers to dive at full stretch - part 1

Dive, dive, dive

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

Diving at full stretch to tip a shot around the post makes great TV but what the instant replay does not show is the hours of practice the keeper has put in to achieve that perfect “Hollywood” image. MORE

Pre-season focus on goalkeeping

in Email newsletters, Goalkeeping, Pre-season

Goalkeepers may not cover the whole pitch during a game, or sprint or dash back to cover a counter-attack, but they still need to be fit. Fitness throughout the season is imperative, so putting in the hard yards during pre-season is vital. Here are 6 ways to help your goalkeeper get back into shape for... MORE

Keeper save volleys

Command your area

in Goalkeeping, Warm Ups

This session is all about reacting to balls played close to the goalkeeper and getting them to take ownership of the ball, just like Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois MORE

Goalkeeping in the spotlight

in Goalkeeping

Goalkeeper is a position that can be hard to fill; so when it comes to coaching your goalkeeper, you should do all you can to encourage him or her by making training fun, easy to understand and full of variety. MORE

Saving shots

Saving long shots

in Goalkeeping

This drill will give your goalkeeper a much better understanding of where to stand in order to save shots from different angles and distances MORE

Sweeper Keeper

Cover plus

in Goalkeeping, Tactics

This fast and furious training game will give your goalkeeper plenty of chances to develop all of the skills needed to be a sweeper keeper. MORE

Mark Crossley and John Sheridan

Goalkeeping tips from a professional

in Goalkeeping, Tips and advice

Qualified to the top coaching qualification, the Uefa Pro License, former Nottingham Forest and Wales stopper Mark Crossley (above right) shares some of the knowledge he picked up during a 20-year professional career and how that relates to youth goalkeeping. MORE

How to coach a drop-kick - part 1

Drop-kicks

in Goalkeeping, Warm Ups

Drop-kicking is a great way for a goalkeeper to distribute the ball accurately, even into the wind if the trajectory is low. MORE


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