Goalkeeping

“I want to be the goalie!!”

So what is wrong with being goalkeeper? Why don’t children want to play in this position? 1. Fear of letting the team down Attackers, midfielders and defenders can all get away with making the occasional mistake but if a goalkeeper drops the ball in front of an attacker, scuffs a goal kick or lets a […]

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Top tips for goalkeepers

Keeper/sweeper The idea of having the goalkeeper push up to the edge of the penalty area or even the halfway line when their team is attacking is not new or particularly unusual. Futsal goalkeepers routinely move out their goal area to give their team a numerical advantage and a regular football team goalkeeper often takes […]

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Three easy steps to improve goalie positioning

Being in the right place at the right time is the most important part of the goalkeeping art. You can help your goalie understand the basics of positioning by explaining these three key techniques. 1. Your goalkeeper must know where the goal is. This sounds obvious, I know. But ‘keepers can’t do their job unless […]

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The continental game

This game has probably been used by thousands of coaches during the years. It’s a great way to encourage players of any age to play thoughtful, composed football and for goalkeepers to perfect their distribution technique. Set up: Use a 40×20 yards playing area with a large goal at one end and two smaller goals […]

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Soccer goalkeepers guide to positioning

This article will help you teach your young goalkeepers how to save more shots, give them confidence in their own ability and help them to enjoy their “career” as a shot stopper. But before we start, I’d like to suggest that you teach all your players how to be a goalkeeper. For one thing, telling […]

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Soccer goalkeepers guide to communication and mental toughness

As well as teaching positioning, how to save shots and start the next attack, you must teach and encourage your goalkeepers to communicate with the rest of the team. Silence is definitely not golden Good, timely communication is a habit that needs to be formed early in your goakeeper’s career but don’t expect seven, eight […]

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Quick fire

This game encourages link up play and finishing. It is also a simple exercise for improving your goalkeeper’s technique. Objective: To improve shooting technique and to practise goalkeeping. Age group: U7 upwards. Number of players: Whole squad. Set up: Divide your players into groups of five. Set up a a small goal with flat cones […]

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