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
In this game-like scenario, if the goalkeeper launches an attack it counts double and shows goalies how to be part of the build up.
Why use it
This game lets you integrate the goalkeeper’s role so he plays a big part in team build ups, just like they would in actual matches.
You need cones, balls, bibs and two goals. Play on a pitch the length and width of two penalty boxes with two full-sized manned goals.
How to play
Give teams a couple of minutes to pick a goalkeeper and work out how to use the goalie and neutral players. Play 6v6 including keepers with two neutral players playing for the team in possession. A goalkeeper plays for each team – tell them they are going to play a sweeper role to make them feel how important they are in the build up play. Each team attacks the opponent’s goal and normal rules apply. The only exception occurs when possession is won by the other team. The ball must be passed back to the keeper before it can be played into the opponent’s half of the field – a goal scored like this counts double.
Good pass backs to the side of the goal for the keeper to have time to look up and play important passes.