I would say that most coaches believe that it’s very important for all soccer players to be very comfortable with the ball at their feet. How they go about developing this confidence varies widely from one coach to another. Some will focus on fast footwork exercises, others will use cones or other obstacles to encourage players to keep the ball under control.
I’ve had the most success using fakes and moves to train ball control, creativity and 1 v 1 ability at the same time. The moves engage the player’s imaginations and make it fun to practice. I discussed which Continue reading ‘1 v 1 Training’ »
Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on footwork, fitness and ball handling.
It’s common for keepers to integrate a speed ladder into their training. Frequently this might involve a keeper with a starting just in front of the ladder and they go through the ladder using various combinations.
Some variations include the following progression. Everything is done 4 times unless Continue reading ‘Footwork, Fitness and Ball Handling’ »
Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on shot blocking, footwork, fitness and positioning.
Start with a keeper at one post, servers with balls 8 yards out on an angle from the corners of the 6, a server at the 12 yard spot with a ball and two cones making a 4 yard wide goal 4 yards off the goal line.
The server closest to the ball starts by shooting toward the far post and low so the keeper should be able to Continue reading ‘Shot Blocking and Positioning’ »
Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on footwork, balance and shot blocking.
The keeper starts on the near post with a server 12 yards out on a slight angle with some balls. There is a cone in the middle of the goal.
The players slides to the middle Continue reading ‘Footwork and Balance’ »
Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on shotblocking, footwork and backward dives.
Start with a keeper in goal, a server on each side of the 18 and another server near the penalty spot. Each of the servers has a few balls.
Server one starts by shooting on goal (the angle can vary). The keeper is given just enough Continue reading ‘Shot Blocking, Footwork and Backward Dives’ »
Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on fitness and footwork.
Start with a 10 x 10 grid and two keepers. The keepers start at opposite corners of the grid.
This is a simple game of tag where both keepers are “it”. They start by running in the same Continue reading ‘Fitness and Footwork’ »
Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on footwork for flighted balls.
Catching (or punching) flighted balls requires the keeper to be able to judge the flight of the ball and also to be able to use proper footwork to approach the ball properly. This activity works on the footwork.
Start with a keeper on the near post and a server holding a ball at the corner of the 6 and endline.
The server tosses the ball in the air just in front of Continue reading ‘Footwork for Flighted Balls’ »
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. Continue reading ‘Footwork, Recovery and Shot Blocking’ »
Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on footwork, anticipation and breakaways.
Start with a keeper and a server. There are 4 cones making up a 4 yard square and the server is just outside of one part of the square and the keeper is just outside the opposite side. There is a ball 4 yards outside of each side of the square.
In this example the black player is the server and the yellow player is the keeper.
The server moves side to side within the boundaries of the sides of the square and the Continue reading ‘Footwork, Anticipation and Breakaways’ »