Soccer warm up drill to keep goalies on their toes

I like this soccer drill because it’s easy to set up and it makes a good warm-up drill for your goalkeeper before matches or before your soccer coaching sessions. It also helps your strikers work on their low shots.

Unfortunately, goalkeepers sometimes stand around for matches with very little to do. But, even if they are feeling underworked, they have got to put the effort in during your training drill sessions so they’re ready for that one important save they may need to make.

Of course, there are games where the goalkeeper is constantly having to save his team, and that’s when all the hard work you put in during the season pays off. Use this simple warm up drill to get your goalie match ready.

You can vary the width of the goal by moving the cones. Start with a relatively small goal and move the cones further apart at intervals.

soccer warm up drill for goalkeepers to get them saving, then up and ready for next shot


Soccer drill set up

The first player takes a shot at the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper tries to save, immediately gets up and turns around ready for the other player to shoot.

Setting up this soccer drill is easy. Use a small area with two cones for goal posts. You can vary the width of the goal to test shooters and goalkeeper. You need lots of balls and someone to retrieve the wayward ones! Pick two good attackers and your goalkeeper.

Advance the soccer drill

Make the drill more difficult for your goalkeeper by making him stand next to a post before each shot, or add a player to follow shots in and put pressure on keeper.

Key soccer coaching tips:

  • Tell your attackers to shoot often and shoot quickly so they really make the keeper work hard.
  • Get them to shoot hard and low near the goalkeeper’s body and into the goal corners to force him to adapt.
  • Tell your goalkeeper to be on his toes.
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