Keeper’s Colours

This game helps young goalkeepers learn how to move in line with the ball and be in the best position to save shots.

Age group: U9s and upwards.

Number of players: Four to six players plus a goalkeeper.

Set-up: Divide your squad into groups of four or five. Set up a goal on one end line of a 20-yard square and mark a semi-circle 10 yards from the goal.

Put one player in goal and the rest take a ball and stand next to different coloured cones (or bibs) positioned around the arc of the semi-circle.

How to play:

To begin, 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 making the save.

If the keeper is 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.

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.

Each goalkeeper saves four or five shots.

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