Footwork, Recovery and Shot Blocking

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on footwork, recovery and shot blocking.

Start with 4 balls making a square 10 yards apart.  A keeper is in goal and a server is inside the D with some balls.

The server calls a number and the keeper has to sprint to that ball and make a breakaway save on the ball.

The keeper makes the save on the stationary ball then must get up quickly, get back to goal to make the save on a shot from the server

The keeper makes the save, returns the ball to the server and then gets ready to go again.

The server doesn’t go in order in terms of which ball the keeper has to sprint to first so the keeper has to stay focused and make the right decision.

This is an excellent way to work on recovery runs and quick movements combined with shot blocking.

Have a great day!



  1. Hi- I enjoy your website and appreciate all the information you give. Rarely do I disagree with what you say. Not to be picky but the illustration for this activity and the description do not match. You show ball 1 and 4 about 1 yard outside the 6 yard box. The 6 yard box is 20 yards side to side and the balls are a yard or so outside the box.Balls 2 and 3 are 10 yards from the goal line. So as you have illustrated it you would have about a 22yard by 10yard rectangle, not a square. I do like this activity and will use it this weekend. Thanks again.

  2. Mike Saif says:

    Actually the illustrations are correct, the explanation could be better. It should read that the balls are about 10 yards from the GK.

  3. You are both correct. When I wrote this I was thinking of the balls being 10 yards to each side of the keeper and then the other 2 are 10 yards out from the end line. Somehow, in my mind this made up a 10 x 10 square which it obviously doesn’t.

    Sorry for the confusion. The diagrams are more accurate although the distances really aren’t all that important (some might want this 8 yards out and others might want it 12, depending upon what you are trying to accomplish)