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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 palming the ball over the bar - part 1

Palming the ball over the bar

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

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

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

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

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

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

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

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

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

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

How to coach face-to-face keeping - part 1

Face-to-face keeping

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

This technical session works on goalkeeper position and taking the fear out of diving at an attacker’s feet. Young goalkeepers need to practice their timing and movement to get it right in matches. MORE

How to coach reaction saves - part 1

Reaction saves

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

Increasing a goalkeeper’s reaction time by even a fraction of a second will improve their chances of making vital saves. This session encourages your goalkeeper to be more mobile, turn sharply and return to their feet quickly to block a rebound. How will they react? MORE

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Solve your goalkeeper problems

in Email newsletters, Goalkeeping

The goalkeeper is often the player that is the most neglected when it comes to training nights yet is one of the most important players on the pitch. Certainly at lots of clubs players take turns to play in goal – I have no problem with that but if that is the case you need to make sure the players have the basics covered. MORE

Coaching the goalkeeper

in Goalkeeping, Podcasts

Steven Drinkell is a goalkeeper coach at the Westminister School in Atlanta, Georgia and an assistant Varsity Coach. Soccer Coach Weekly head coach Dave Clarke spoke with Steve to gain an insight into the secrets of coaching what is probably the most difficult position in the team. MORE

Clever keeper

in Goalkeeping, Passing

This session is about keeper distribution and retaining possession by building play from the back. It mimics short passes to centrebacks and midfield players, low driven and chipped passes to full-backs and wide midfielders, and longer passes to centre-forwards and wide attackers MORE

Keeper gets cross

in Goalkeeping, Tips and advice

Having a trustworthy, proficient keeper positively influences the mindsets and playing abilities of all players in front of him. This is a session for goalkeepers that coaches them in the basics of anticipating crosses and dominating their area. MORE

How to coach point blank saves - part 1

Point blank saves

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

There are times when the distance between the attacker and the goal is so small, the only way a goalkeeper can stop the ball is by taking up a good position to stop a shot and relying on quick reactions. MORE

How to coach a keeper to catch the ball - part 1

Catch of the day

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

A goalkeeper that can confidently catch high crosses will provide welcome relief for any defence. Not only is the goalkeeper likely to stop goals being scored, he will boost confidence in the rest of his team. MORE

What every youth team needs…

in Email newsletters, Goalkeeping

Goalkeepers have become such a focal point on the game that it is important you don't neglect their training. I've got goalkeeper coaches at my club but I often work extra sessions with them to get them up to speed on the tactics I will be using during matches. MORE

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