Former Watford and Brentford keeper Richard Lee was great at saving penalties. He also runs training courses for young goalkeepers. Here he gives Dave Clarke six tips that will help your stopper saving more penalties. MORE
Teach your U10 goalkeeper to gather a rolling 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 sequence (see above).
- The goalkeeper must put a barrier, made with his legs, behind the ball so that if he misses the ball with his hands it doesn’t go into the goal.
- This is quite hard for goalkeepers in this age group because it requires confidence to stop the ball and pick it up. When in a crowd of players it is difficult to judge when to pick the ball up.
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