Footwork and the Drop Step

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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

Start with a keeper in goal, a speed ladder in front of him and a server 15 yards out.

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The keeper starts by taking quick steps through the ladder toward the keeper.

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The server then points in a direction and the keeper takes a drop step in that direction.

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The server tosses a ball up toward the crossbar and the keeper must use proper footwork to get back and either catch the ball or push it over the crossbar.

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The keeper then gets back into the goal and starts again.

Do this 5 times in each direction (different drops) and then change the pattern through the ladder (2 steps in each hole, one legged hopping, up two back one etc). There are many variations you can use but the key is for the keeper to go quickly, stay on balance and really focus on the drop step and then the following steps to get back to goal.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Dealing with High Crosses

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on footwork for high crosses.

Start with a server with a ball near the 18 and end line, 4 cones that are one yard apart starting at the near post a few keepers near the far post.

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The first keeper starts by stepping between each cone, touching and then touching the near post.

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The server tosses a high ball to the middle of the 6 yard line.

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The keeper has to get back behind the tossed ball and go up and catch the ball.

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As the keeper is about to come forward he would call “keeper” and catch the ball at almost the highest point possible.

As soon as the ball is caught, the ball is returned to the server and the next keeper begins.

Do this 5 times from each side.

Next do the same thing but this time the keeper hops on the right leg only between the 4 cones and then does the same thing. Do this 3 times to each side and then repeat hopping on the left leg only.

Really emphasize the importance of getting back behind the ball, calling for the ball and getting up high to catch the ball.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Quick Footwork and Diving

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on quick footwork, changes of directions and diving.

Start with the keeper in a proper stance between two cones. There are two more cones 3 yards in front of the keeper and 3 yards to the side and a server 10 yards away with a ball.

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The server starts by pointing to one of the

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Space to Deal with Free Kicks

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s topic deals with the keeper giving himself room on free kicks (when possible).

We will start using the example of a free kick from 35 yards out and near the sideline.

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Too often a keeper will allow the attacking team to get

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Short Keeper Distribution

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on short keeper distribution.

This activity requires one keeper and 5 field players. One field player starts behind the keeper and the others are 10 yards away with balls. There are 2 cones 15 yards to each side of the keeper.

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The first player with the

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Making the Second Save

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on punching and making the second save.

Start with a keeper in goal and 4 players spread around the 18 with balls.

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One of the players out wide crosses the ball in and the

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Reactions and Quick Dives

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on reactions and quick dives.

While keepers love the excitement of the extended dive to save the shot hit toward the upper corner, the reality is the tough save is the hard low shot just to the side of the keeper. That hard low shot to the side is difficult to get down in time for, difficult to get the legs out of the way and extremely difficult to hold onto the ball. This series of activities works to prepare the keeper for this situation.

Start with a goal that is 3 yards wide. A keeper is in goal and a server is 5 yards away with balls.

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To start the keeper plays a hard ball just to the

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Helping Struggling Goalkeepers

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today’s topic deals with when keepers are struggling.

Too often, when a keeper is struggling the coach thinks the proper response is…work harder.  Unfortunately, that isn’t always the right solution.

The alternative is when a keeper is struggling, go back to the basics.

This is the time to look at the most important parts of the body for catching.  One of the very first articles I wrote for FineSoccer.com was the three most important parts of the body for catching.  16 years later, they are still the

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Shot Blocking from Different Angles

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on shotblocking from different angles.

Start with two servers with balls on the 18, each even with a goal post. There is a keeper in goal and another keeper waiting on the side of the goal.

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The first server starts by

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Diving Cone to Cone

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on technical training of diving and coming forward on the dive.

This can be used after the exercise from last week’s post.

Start with 2 lines of staggered cones, 5 yards apart. There is one keeper who starts at one end between the two lines and a server 10 yards away, in between the cones.

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The keeper starts by moving forward and the server

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