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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How Many Players Should You Have In the Wall?

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s topic deals with too many players in the wall.

Some keepers seem to think “the more the merrier” when it comes to the number of players in the wall. Since the players are there trying to help the keeper protect the goal, the thought is, if 3 players brings some protection, 4 players will bring more.

The problem with this thought process is a wall can only protect so much and if too many players are in the wall, the wall will make it MORE difficult for a keeper to protect the goal.

Using the example below, the keeper has 4 players in the wall and he is lined up to cover the far side.

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If the keeper adds 2 more players in the wall, he has less area to cover on the far post side BUT will have a lot of

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Shot Blocking and Diving Drill

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on explosiveness, fitness shot blocking and diving.

Start with a keeper in goal, a hurdle (from 1-3 feet high depending upon the keeper) to his side and a server on the 12 with some balls.

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The keeper starts by jumping off of two feet, sideways, over the hurdle, landing on two feet (the balls of the feet) and as soon as he lands, the

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Break-Aways and Reading the Touch

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on breakaways, quick shots and reading the touch

Start with a keeper in goal, a player between the 12 and 18 and a server with balls out wide.

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The server plays a ball to the player and the keeper goes

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