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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.

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

PSG Katarzyna Kiedrzynek

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

Goalie wars

in Goalkeeping, Small Sided Games

When keepers catch the ball they can distribute quickly and set up a counterattack. This session has keepers on their toes trying to catch crosses, distribute quickly and save shots. MORE

How to coach keepers to use their feet - part 1

Use your feet keeper

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

Modern goalkeepers are as comfortable controlling the ball with their feet as they are with their hands. Having this ability allows them to help their team retain possession after they receive a back pass. MORE

How to coach a keeper to work the angles - part 1

Working the angles

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

Much of a keeper’s role is about making sure he is in the right position in relation to the ball and the goal, particularly when an attacker is bearing down on goal and ready to shoot. MORE

How to coach keeper mobility, positioning and shot-stopping - part 1

Three-sided keeper

in Goalkeeping, Practice plans

It is important to provide training specifically for your goalkeepers. In this drill, a keeper guards three goals at the same time. It tests their mobility, positioning and shot-stopping ability. It is also very useful to have others who can play in goal so teach all your squad these skills. MORE

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