Youth goalkeepers often come under pressure from through balls into the penalty area where they need to react to a shot or a player or players running through 1v1 or 2v1. Why use it Reacting quickly to cover players who have beaten the offside trap is important to put a stop to easy goals. Set […]
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.
This session ensures that your goalkeepers play an active part in training by encouraging them to start attacks from the back like Victor Valdes. Why use it With most coaching advice centred around playing out from the back, coaches need to include goalkeepers in training games to get them playing with their feet. In this […]
Middlesbrough stopper Victor Valdes is great at pulling off saves when he goes one-on-one with a striker – and if you run this session your goalkeepers could master the art too. Why use it This session is great fun to play and good practice for getting your goalkeeper to dive at the feet of strikers […]
A fun game for goalkeepers to help them challenge one another, and develop their key skills. Set up a 10 x 10 yards area with a portable goal at each end. Put a goalkeeper in each goal and give each keeper four or five balls. The goalkeepers take turns to kick towards the opposite goal and try to score. The […]
It requires a brave goalkeeper to come out at the feet of a striker (even the fearless U10 ones!). Get your young keepers trying this activity to encourage their in-game confidence when faced with an advancing striker. Place two cones 8 yards apart with a player on each cone – one is an attacker with a ball […]
Use this activity to help improve your U10 goalkeeper’s basic skills. Stand two players with a ball 5 yards apart – you can use cones to mark out the distance. Players alternate between being kicker and goalkeeper. The kicking player hits a firm pass to the goalkeeper and the goalkeeper must get down to stop and pick up the ball in the correct […]
A good goal kick with a low trajectory can catch defenders out of position and give attackers a great chance to score a quick goal.
Try this exercise to give your keepers the confidence to dive without the fear of hurting themselves. It will also help them to get up quickly ready to save a follow up shot
The position of goalkeeper is always the hardest to fill. When I first started out as a coach one parent asked me not to play her son in goal because SHE couldn’t stand the pressure. Things need to change.
Successful distribution from the keeper is a hallmark of a good side. This means that building up from the back is better than launching the ball up field hoping one of your players can get it, says David Clarke.