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keepers' colours

Your goalkeepers will learn how to move in line with the ball and be in the best position to save shots with this simple game.


To practise and develop correct goalkeeper positioning.

Age group:

U9 upwards.

Number of players:

Whole squad.

Set up:

Divide your squad into groups of four or five. Set up a goal on the end line of your playing area and mark a semi-circle around the goal.

I suggest the semi-circle should be at least 10 yards from the goal. Put one player in goal and the rest standing next to different coloured cones (or bibs) positioned around the arc.

How to play:

To begin the game, have the cones fairly close together. You call out a colour and the player standing at that cone shoots.

Make sure the 'keeper moves to the right position (on a line between the ball and centre of the goal) before he has to make the save.

If they are out of position, stop the game and show them where they should have been. Go through all the colours, then change the 'keeper.

Progression 1:

Move the cones further apart and have at least one just off the end line.

Progression 2:

Remove the cones. Now the players standing around the semi-circle pass a ball to each other. The goalkeeper has to move quickly to stay in the right position. The player with the ball shoots on your command. The goalkeeper has to save four or five shots before you rotate them out.

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