1. Beginners (U9-U11)
a. Mission: To offer guidance to soccer players who wish to learn more about the basic fundamentals of being a Goalkeeper.
b. Goals: Develop a foundation of Technique, and an appreciation for the position of Goalkeeper
b. Main Themes: Ball handling, collapse diving, footwork/coordination,
Basic distribution: punting, throwing, and Goal kicks; communication, angles.
2. Intermediates (U12-U14)
a. Mission: To offer guidance to soccer players who are serious about learning more about the position of Goalkeeper.
b. Goals: To develop a foundation of technique, begin understanding positioning/angle play, and introduce reading the game.
c. Main Themes: Ball handling, collapse dives, footwork, Basic Pressure training, Basic Distribution, angles.
3. Advanced (U15-U19)
i. Mission: To offer the training environment that develops the Goalkeepers Technically, Tactically, and Psychologically, to be the best that they can be and move on.
ii. Goals: To Master fundamental technique, Gain a solid understanding of organizational positioning, and learn how to communicate effectively with the backline.
iii. Main Themes: See attached copy
4. US Academy
i. Mission: To offer the training environment that develops the Goalkeepers Technically, Tactically, and Psychologically, to be the best that they can be and move on to the Collegiate/Prof. level.
ii. Goals: To develop the Goalkeeper that wants to play at the Collegiate/Prof level. An advanced technical understanding of the position, How to develop the attack through proper distribution and communication with the entire team, Properly organize the shape of the backline, and enhance their preformance through plyometric, elasticity, and ballistic movement work.
iii. Main Themes: See attached copy
18 Week Sample Lesson Plan:
1. ball handling/footwork
2. one v. one’s/stalking
3. low balls
4. med balls/low balls
5. crosses/distibution with feet
6. angles off post/to post
7. chalk talk: warm-up, professionalism, situational positioning, Psychology of Team (yours and opponents)
8. angles/shot stopping
9. 1v1s/low balls/breakaway saves
10. crosses/distribution with feet and hands
11. one v. one’s/ cobra
12. extension dives
13. extension dives/2nd balls
14. perry/2nd balls
16. distribution: pass back/long kicks, punt/gk kick
18. one v. one’s/ breakaways
19. angles/point blank (reactions)
20. crosses/ distribution
21. high balls/extension dives & back to the bar
22. angles off the post/to the post
23. positioning/communication (Tactically)
24. Game Warm-up
2. Keeper War
3. Keeper Hand Ball
4. Pressure Training
5. Cut throat crosses
6. Star wars
7. back-to-back goal game
8. 2v2 +2 (gks plus gks as field players)
1. Foot work- cones
2. Square set
3. 2 lines: roll/pick up, roll/ dive, throw high/collect
1. 3 cones/3 lines= angles
2. pass from the outside= come off post angle/ shot
3. 5 ball/ I point/ one min/ collapse dive ( pressure training)
Periodically the coaches of the club should be put through Goalkeeper Education courses. These can be classroom, but preferably field sesssions. During these sessions, the coaches will be put through various Goalkeeping activities and situations. For example we will go through a “Goalkeeper warm-up session: pre-game, and pre-practice”. During this session, the intstructor will instruct the coaches on ideas and theories on pre-game/pre-practice warm-ups. These sessions will last about 1-½ hours and should involve the Goalkeepers from the coaches’ as well.
Other such sessions will be : How to integrate the Goalkeeper into the practices properly, and teaching the coaches about Tactical Awareness from the Goalkeeper’s position.
By educating the coaching staff on what to look for, and angles for coaching the Goalkeeper and Defense, the club saves a lot of money, time, and helps build better Goalkeepers.
Sample Age-Specific Activities:
Key to session – Keep hands RELAXED throughout session!!
Warmup – 1) Up/Over – pick up ball into backwards roll
2) Sitting facing away – toss balls up – turn to catch – repeat
3) Quick tosses back/forth to face – RAPID
4) Same…to waist
5) Roll ball to partners feet…they play ball FIRMLY to your feet
6) Same…ball played FIRMLY to head/waist
On knees – Roll ball to beat player…move on knees (goal 2 yds wide)
Laying down on side – pop up to knees for ball to be played to beat you on floor
Two Goals – Roll ball to beat player…STAY ON FEET! (goals 3-4 yds wide)
Roll Ball to beat player between goal 1 or 2
• 1 2 • STAY ON FEET! (can be rolled to either goal)
Two goals – throw ball back/forth to beat GK – head level…
(beat gk by forcing them to drop ball)
TWO GOALS – wider apart – throw balls towards cones…must move feet to catch…balls played firmly.
Roll LEFT/RIGHT and up to catch ball at head (played firmly!)
PRESSURE TRAINING –
1) player #1 is kneeling - #2 has feet on #1’s back…situp to put ball between your feet…back down and repeat
2) small goal – over/back in move feet into goal to catch…go to other side…repeat
3) Lay on side…pop up to knees…catch…lay down other side…up and repeat…
• Ball played to 1 side or other…must get there quickly to collect
ball before it crosses imaginary line.
• Touch 1 cone…get to other side to collect before ball crosses imaginary
touch * Both sides…
Facing away….turn to quickly get into goal to collect volley…facing both sides.
X1 rolls ball to X2…touches cone and gets feet set
• • in goal…ball played first time. Next rep move to
X1 Roll ball to X1…get to cone and into middle of goal
to collect volley.
• • Same to other side…roll ball to X2…get to cone…
IN FOURS • O1 • O1 rolls to X1, plays it back to O1 to hit
1 touch to O2…O2 plays to X2, plays it
back to O2 to hit 1 touch to O1…Repeat
• O2 •
X1 • • X1 is laying down facing out…up to get to goal to catch
(laying down) volley…Repeat from other side
• • • • move to other side through the small goal to get in
middle of goal for volley…Repeat other side.
GK faces goal…turns…shot
Rapid Fire…low balls….UP/DOWN/UP/DOWN…etc
Low ball…high ball other side
GK gets to cone…ball played far post…
Ball played back to near post