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Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on breakaways, shot blocking and deflections.
Start with a keeper in goal, another keeper on the 6 yard line and a server just outside the 18. Two balls are set around 15 yards out
The server starts by running toward one of the balls. The first keeper reacts and plays it like a breakaway.
If the keeper can get to the ball first, he dives and wins the ball
If he can’t he keeps his feet and waits for an opportunity to pounce.
If the server can beat the first keeper, the second keeper becomes live and tries to make the save
In this activity the first keeper is working on breakaways and the second keeper is working more on shot blocking, dealing with deflections and staying ready.
If you have three keepers in training, they would rotate between being the first keeper, second keeper and third keeper.
Once the server starts toward a ball, they must keep going to that ball. The idea is they should not try to change directions.
Have a great day!
Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s topic deals with knowing what is around you.
It’s common for a keeper to have the ball in his hands, then put the ball down to move it up the field before passing it on.
This is a very effective way to move up the field before distributing and there is no reason this can’t be continued outside the 18.
The one thing to be very careful about is to make sure an opponent isn’t lurking behind you waiting for you to put the ball down and then coming in to steal the ball and then score.
Before putting the ball on the ground, make sure you take a look around EVERY TIME to make sure it’s safe to do so.
It only takes one mistake to cost your team a goal or a game. In this case, definitely be safe at all times!
Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on blind shots and possibly deflections.
Many keepers frequently train by making a lot of saves from different angles but the thing they forget to take into consideration is many shots in a real game are slightly obstructed or slightly deflected.
This is a simple activity that involves a field player, a ball, a dummy (many companies sell these or you can use a field player) and a keeper in full sized goal. The ball starts behind the dummy with the field player a step away. To start the dummy is on the top of the 18 but this can move around to create different angles.
The dummy makes it difficult for the keeper to see the ball. The field player then takes a short touch to either side and hits a quick shot.
The keeper must quickly find the ball and make the save.
The key is for the shooter to take a short touch to give the keeper as little time as possible to react.
Next, the field player starts further back with the ball and dribbles at the dummy. Then he takes the same quick touch and a shot.
This is a quick reaction activity where the keeper must first find the ball, then react accordingly and make the save.
Playing against fast forwards is hard. It’s even harder if your backs aren’t as fast.
One solution is for the keeper to help out even more when the team is in possession of the ball. In the diagram below, the black back has the ball and is being pressured by a fast yellow defender.
It’s vital for the keeper to provide support to allow for a pass back.
This is no different than what a keeper should normally do. The difference is, the keeper might normally play a quick pass across field to another back.
When going against a very fast forward, the keeper might want to take an extra touch (I realize this goes against common sense). Rather than making the pass with the first or second touch, take an extra touch to draw the forward to you and then pass it away.
The keeper doesn’t want to let the forward get so close that it’s risking possession but the idea is to make the forward run more. Each 20, 30 or 40 yard sprint is going to slowly wear the player down.
The keeper can make the forward run even more by playing the ball back to the same side (safely) so the forward has to run and chase again.
The key to remember is to not make a risky pass, just pass the ball in a way that encourages the forward to make yet another run.
The fast, energetic forward in the first half might turn into the tired, lazy forward in the second half by encouraging extra runs.
This type of tactic would only be used by a keeper with sound food skills and who is confident of the backs abilities with the ball.
I want to emphasize again, this is NOT about the keeper dribbling around under pressure or anything like that. It’s about taking an occasional extra touch to encourage more running by the opponent.
Today’s topic works on protecting the near post while covering the far post.
Start with a cone 2 yards off the goal line and 2 yards in from the near post. The server stands a couple of yards from the corner of the 6 with some balls and the keeper starts at the near post.
The keeper starts by touching the near post and then setting as the server plays a ball right at them. The keeper makes the save and then returns the ball to the server and then touches the near post again.
The server plays the next ball toward the cone and the keeper takes a quick step (making sure to lead with the inside foot) and does a collapse dive to make the save in front of the cone.
The keeper makes the save, returns the ball and then quickly goes back to the near post. The server then plays the ball toward the far post and the keeper must take a quick step and make the save, again doing so in front of the cone.
This three save series counts as one set. The keeper would do 5 sets and then repeat from the other side. Balls can be varies from the server so some are played on the ground and some are played in the air.
The big points of emphasis should be on leading with the inside foot and coming forward to make the second and third saves in front of the cone.