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Soccer Goalkeeping Drills

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Summary:
The goalkeeper’s job is certainly the toughest of all soccer players,
since whereas a defender, midfielder or attacker can get off with a
couple of mistakes every now and then, a goalkeeper’s mistakes are a lot
more visible. To complicate things even further, modern goalkeepers have
even more attributions than before: they need to coordinate the defense,
they sometimes need to act as sweepers and they can fire off lethal
counter attacks after a clean save.

For all these to...


Keywords:
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Article Body:
The goalkeeper’s job is certainly the toughest of all soccer players,
since whereas a defender, midfielder or attacker can get off with a
couple of mistakes every now and then, a goalkeeper’s mistakes are a lot
more visible. To complicate things even further, modern goalkeepers have
even more attributions than before: they need to coordinate the defense,
they sometimes need to act as sweepers and they can fire off lethal
counter attacks after a clean save.

For all these to happen of course, a goalkeeper will have to be
thoroughly trained using specific soccer goalkeeping drills. Most
commonly, such drills focus on soccer goalkeeping training skills such as
mobility, flexibility, agility and reflexes rather than physical
training. Let’s take a look at some popular soccer goalkeeping drills you
could try out with your team.

- Soccer Goalkeeping Drills – 1 Versus 1

This is a very common drill, but nevertheless, it’s very effective since
goalkeepers are bound to be caught in a 1 versus 1 situation with an
opposing attacker in almost every match. Even more so, at amateur or
youth levels, where defenses are less strict than they are with the pros,
1-on-1s are very common for goalkeepers, so you’ll need to train them
well.

This soccer goalkeeper drill is simple to execute. Get an attacker around
20-30 yards from the goal and tell him to charge full speed towards the
goal, with the ball at his feet and try to score. Your goalie will have
to counter him of course. To mix things up a bit, you could have another
player passing the ball in front of the attacker, which allows the
goalkeeper to take an extra decision as to whether or not it’s a good
idea to charge out of the goal, or stay put and wait for the attacker.

- Soccer Goalkeeping Drills – Automatic Fire

Have 8-10 players stand at around 20-30 yards from the goal, each with
his own ball. At your signal, the attackers should, one by one, run
forward and shoot the ball from a distance you specified beforehand. Your
goalkeeper should be under a constant rain of shots, jumping from one
post to the other to save the ball. It’s not really that important if he
saves them or not, it’s important that he learns how to react quickly and
get up from the floor fast and be ready for another shot.

To speed things up a bit, you could have another team of 8-10 players
behind the goal, returning the balls back to the firing squad.

- Soccer Goalkeeping Drills – Ab Volley

This is one of the toughest soccer goalkeeping drills, but if done
correctly, it’s a very efficient one. Here’s how it goes: your goalie
should stay on his bottom, in the same position he would do ab crunches
in. You or a teammate will have to throw the ball towards him and while
he’s doing ab crunches, he will pass it back to you.

Coordinate your move so that you throw the ball as your goalie is lifting
up from the crunch and try not to give him too many breathers. It’s an
intense exercise, but results will soon follow, so make sure you
encourage him not to quit!

				
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