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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Dealing With High Balls

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on catching high balls and using proper footwork.

Start with a keeper in goal and a server at the top of the D. There are two flags on the 6 yard line even with the posts. The server has a ball in his hands.

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The keeper starts by sprinting around the outside of one of the cones and catching a lofted ball from the server (the ball should be

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Goalkeeping Clock Drills

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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

A keeper is in the middle of 12 cones which make up a circle (this will represent a clock so the cones should be evenly spaced out and the circle is approximately 5 yards in diameter). A server is 12 yards away with a ball.

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The cone directly in front of the keeper represents 12 o’clock. The cone directly

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Dealing With Unsighted Shots

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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

An unsighted shot is one where the keeper doesn’t have direct vision of the ball. In this activity we are going to recreate the situation with the use of dummy’s.

Start with a keeper in goal and a couple of shooters just outside the 18. There is a dummy (some people call them mannequins) in front of the shooter and ball between the shooter and the dummy. The purpose of the dummy is to prevent the keeper from being able to see the ball.

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One of the players takes a quick touch to

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