Developing Good Habits to Deal with Rebounds

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today’s topic deals with developing good habits to deal with rebounds.

Coaches like to do a lot of pressure training which can be defined as a lot of activity in a short period of time.  An example of this would be a server with a line of balls and a keeper in goal.

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The server shoots the balls as quickly as possible, one right after the other, and the keeper makes save after save after save.

While there are good reasons for doing this type of activity (working on shot blocking, getting up quickly etc) the danger is there is a tendency to allow rebounds and then quickly get up for the next ball (instead of dealing with the rebound first).

In a real game it’s vital that a keeper be able to make a save, and if they can’t hold onto the ball, make the second and third saves as well.

To a large extent this comes down to developing the habit of always being ready for the second shot.  This means in any activity, if a rebound has been given, the keeper should not stop until that ball is safe (in his hands or out of play).  If this means not being ready for the next shot in an activity, as a coach, I find that acceptable.  It’s up to the coach to make sure the keeper knows saving the second shot is extremely important and takes priority over preparing for the next shooter.

I have posted a lot of activities working on saving the second shot but the key is the mindset of the keeper and the coach.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Explosiveness, Diving and Changing Angles

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on explosiveness, diving and changing angles.

Start with a keeper in goal two servers at the top of the 18 with balls and 6 hurdles in a line in front of the keeper (around 1-1.5 yards apart).

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The keeper starts by jumping over the first hurdle and making a save from one of the servers.

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The keeper then gets up and quickly goes back to the middle and jumps over the next hurdle.

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The other server plays a ball and the keeper dives to make the save.

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Each time the keeper makes the save he gets back up and jumps over the next hurdle till getting to the end.

Not only is the keeper working on fitness, explosiveness and diving but he is having to adjust to the angle.  For example, the first shot might require him to make an extension dive to save a ball in the upper corner but the 6th shot will be from a distance much closer to the keeper so while it will come quicker, the range will be much less.  The keeper must react accordingly.

When a keeper gets through all 6 shots, the next keeper begins while the first keeper rests.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

The Benefits of Explosive Training

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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

Three things keepers really need to work on are:

  1. Being more explosive with their legs
  2. Getting down for low balls quickly
  3. Improving their range on extension dives.

This activity works on all three of the above items.

Start with a keeper in goal with 2 hurdles, a yard apart, in front of the keeper. There is a server with balls near the top of the 18.

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The hurdles can be as high as you have available (and as

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How to Speed Up Training

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Todays’ topic shows a simple way to speed up training.

This is going to seem incredibly simplistic but it’s something a lot of keeper coaches miss. If you want the keeper to work faster in training, add a second server and a second ball. The reason this works is the keeper is no longer in charge of how quickly a ball can be played in.

As an example, in the diagram below, the server volleys a ball to the keeper who must catch the ball and then quickly return the ball for the next serve.

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One-Handed or Two-Handed Punch?

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on two handed punches and then the follow up save.

Start with a keeper in goal, a server 35 yards from goal with balls and a second server 25 yards from goal, also with balls.

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The server from 35 yards out starts by lofting a ball toward goal (this can be a

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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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