Why Goalkeepers Need to Master the Drop-Step

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on the drop step.

The drop step is extremely important for the keeper when he is off his line and the ball is chipped toward to cross bar. The way he executes the drop step is if he is doing a drop step with his right foot, he turns his lower body to his right and his right foot goes straight back (making a 90 degree turn).

This activity starts with 3 cones making a triangle. Two cones are just a bit wider than the keepers normal stance and the third cone is 2 yards straight back. The keeper starts between the first two cones and a server is 10 yards in front with a ball.

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The server starts by playing a ball right

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How to Make the Second Save

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on a breakaway save and then getting back to save a chipped ball.

In a game, a keeper comes out and makes a breakaway save. Ideally, the keeper holds onto the ball and gets a moment to relax. The reality is, many saves in these situations result in a loose ball and a scramble. Keepers must be prepared for this situation.

In this activity we start with a keeper in goal and a server 30 yards out with a couple of balls.

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The server starts by playing a ball into the 18. It can be a

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How to Start Quick Counter-Attacks

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s topic deals with quick counter attacks via distribution.

Too often a keeper makes a save and then waits for both teams to clear out and then kicks the ball downfield. While there are definitely times when this is the right choice (when your team has been under intense pressure and needs time to catch their breath and change the area of the field the game is being played in) other times it’s best to play quickly to take advantage of certain situations.

In the situation below the black team is attacking and the keeper has just made a save. If the keeper looks up and sees this situation where he has a forward one on one with the last defender, he should look to play an early ball long to take advantage of this situation.

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Goalkeeping Specific Fitness Drill

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on footwork, fitness and balance.

There are still too many coaches who think that running laps is an effective way to work on fitness. Others lean toward full field or half field sprints. The problem with this type of fitness work is, while there is a place for it, it’s not the type of movement that a keeper does. Keepers do a lot of forward and backward movement but more in the 5 yard range as opposed to the 50 yard range. This is an activity to work on the type of fitness and movement that is more applicable for keepers.

Start with 6 cones staggered in two lines 5 yards apart. The keepers start in a line at one end and there is a server 10 yards from the last cone, on the other end.

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One thing to emphasize from the very beginning is

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Why Diving Forward Makes a Difference

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletters. Today’s featured activity works on footwork and coming forward on dives.

The keeper starts by one of the posts and there are 4 cones, in a row, 2 feet apart along the goal line. There is a 5th cone 3 yards off the post. A server is 15 yards from goal with balls.

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The keeper starts by going forward and

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A Two-Goalkeeper Warm-up

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity is a simple warm up for 2 (or more) keepers.

Start with 6 balls (for 2 keepers, if 3 keepers use 8 balls) making two 4 x 4 squares. A keeper starts in each square and there are servers 10 yards from each square with balls.

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One of the servers is designated as the caller and he can

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Making Saves When Your View is Blocked

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on blinded keepers.

A keeper should be able to save a shot from the top of the D.

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It becomes much more difficult when players are

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Catching Balls From Different Trajectories

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s topic deals with catching balls from different trajectories.

The biggest issue keepers run into when when trying to catch balls from different trajectories is not getting their palms perpendicular to the flight of the ball.

Some people might be surprised to see the word “palms” when talking about catching because we frequently emphasize catching with the

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Making the Recovery Save

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on recovery.

Start with a keeper on the ground with his head at one of the posts (in the diagram below the keeper has a ball in his hands but in this activity he wouldn’t). There is a flag in the middle of the goal and a server near the 12 yard spot with balls.

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The keeper gets up quickly and shuffles to the middle flag, touches it and as soon as he touches it, the

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Dealing With the Diagonal Ball

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on defending a diagonal ball and staying on balance.

Start with a player with a ball just outside the 18 on a slight angle (even with a goal post) and a second player a little further back but more toward the middle of the field. A keeper is in goal.

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The keeper has to cut off the angle, in case there is a shot. The player with the ball has two options

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