Goalkeeper Handling, Footwork, Collapse Dive & Hand Distribution

The following training session comes from 2016 Soccer Champions Coaches' Clinic Featured Presenter and Head MCLA Women's Soccer Coach, Deb Raber.


Warm-Up

Organization

Big Box warm-up:

  • All available players / split into two groups
  • Each player on the outside has a ball
  • Goalkeepers progress through: one touch, two touch, basket, contour, high contour
  • Include proper catching even when on the outside of the grid
  • Field players progress through: one touch, two touch, instep volley, laces volley, collect on the thigh
gk training 1

Key Coaching Points

  • Dynamic set position - shape and timing
  • Quality distribution back to feet of outside players
  • Shape of hands when receiving
  • Shape of the body when receiving

Activity 1

Organization

  • Triangles set 3yds x 3yds
  • Two-for goalkeepers
  • Four servers
  • Goalkeepers move around the triangle to emphasize different footwork: drop step, positive first step, mini shuffle, crossover, figure 8
  • Use the same setup to review collapse diving and re-standing
gk training 2

Key Coaching Points

  • Dynamic set position - shape and timing - find the rhythm of the shooter
  • Quality distribution back to feet of servers
  • Shape of hands when receiving
  • Shape of the body when receiving
  • Collapse - move forward to the path of the ball, catch and use the ball to absorb the dive with three press points on the ball
  • Re-standing - push off will naturally happen

Activity 2

Organization

  • All field players have soccer balls
  • Start with a service from the end line
  • Second service comes from an angle
  • Give time for setup and proper footwork to open up across the goal

Key Coaching Points

  • Dynamic set position - shape and timing - find the rhythm of the shooter
  • Quality distribution back to feet of servers
  • Shape of hands when receiving
  • Shape of the body when receiving

Game

Organization

  • Similar to above
  • Ball is moving more so there's more of a dynamic factor for both the goalkeepers and field players
  • All balls start with the server at outside the top of the box
gk training 4

Key Coaching Points

  • Dynamic set position - shape and timing - find the rhythm of the shooter
  • Quality distribution back to feet of server
  • Shape of hands when receiving
  • Shape of the body when receiving