Goalkeeping

Goalkeepers have special coaching requirements. However, like most coaches, you probably don’t have time to devote as much attention to your goalkeepers as you would like. These articles highlight some of the main things you need to be aware of to help coach your goalkeepers. We look at angles, shot-stopping, organising a defence, handling, fitness and much more. We also try as much as possible to make sure that your goalkeeping practices work as team practices too.

  • How to Keep Keepers Keen - It can make a young goalkeeper's life a lot easier if they're always in the right position to make the save.


  • Coach Your Goalkeeper to Defend the High Cross - Corners, free-kicks and crosses can cause chaos if your goalkeeper doesn't jump high and catch the ball. International goalkeeper David James says practice, practice, practice.


  • Goalkeeping football drill - The position of goalkeeper is always the hardest to fill. When I first started out as a coach one parent asked me not to play her son in goal because SHE couldn't stand the pressure. Things need to change.


  • Coach Your Goalkeeper How to Read Penalties - Seventy per cent of the penalty kicks at the last World Cup went to the opposite side of the foot the kicker took the penalty with. If the professionals make that choice then how much more likely is it that young football players will do the same? Make sure your goalkeeper is ready to face a penalty, says David Clarke.


  • How Goalkeepers are Crucial for Good Passing Moves - Successful distribution from the keeper is a hallmark of a good side. This means that building up from the back is better than launching the ball up field hoping one of your players can get it, says David Clarke.


  • What To Do With Three Players - Strikers and goalkeepers work well together in threes. Quick shooting keeps your goalkeeper on his toes and tunes your strikers into the best place to put their shots to beat the opposition keeper, says David Clarke.


  • The art of shot stopping is a secret you need to teach your goalkeeper - Key coaching tip: Good positioning by a goalkeeper makes it harder for the attackers


  • Know your Angles - Cut down the target area an attacker has to aim at.


  • Get your goalkeepers making diving saves - Six great tips to give your goalkeeper confidence when diving for a save.


  • A warm-up for your goalkeepers handling skills - This is a simple warm up for your goalkeeper, to get him alert and ready for the match ahead.


  • Football warm-up for goalkeepers - This is a simple warm-up for your goalkeeper, named "One passes, one throws", to get him alert and ready for the match ahead.


  • Fun Christmas game for top goalscoring and goalkeeping abilities - It's freezing outside and training on hard pitches is probably the last thing your players want to do, but it's important to keep them fresh, and no doubt they'll have a few excess calories to work off during the coming weeks as well!


  • Football coaching game to improve players' performance - If this game (called Box to box) is rerun regularly during the course of a few weeks, you will quickly see players picking up methods and ideas they can easily transfer in to match situations.


  • Goalkeepers can launch attacks - A good goal kick with a low trajectory can catch defenders out of position and give attackers a great chance to score a quick goal.


  • Pre-season Get your players to work their goalkeeper - Never begrudge spending a whole practice session on goalkeeper skills. It's an area that many coaches overlook because they feel the rest of the team aren't involved. However, outfield players can still be active, as well as understanding better what it's like to be the man between the posts.


  • Improve goalkeepers footwork - A game that not only helps your goalkeepers develop their footwork skills when dealing with back passes, but it teaches your outfield players to make and receive them too


  • Goalkeeping dive tactics - Try this exercise to give your keepers the confidence to dive without the fear of hurting themselves. It will also help them to get up quickly ready to save a follow up shot




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