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ACADEMY: Keeper training part five

12 June 2014

Keeper training images

Half volley

+ Used over a medium – long distance especially when playing into wind because of the low trajectory
+ Shoulders facing forward in starting position
+ Ball dropped from both hands onto instep
+ Make contact with the centre of the ball to avoid spin
+ Attempt to strike as the ball makes contact with floor (timing and rhythm)
+ Follow through with the kicking foot in the direction of the ball
+ If looking for distance drop the ball away from the body
+ If it’s a drilled half volley then ball needs to be dropped tighter to the body and attempt to keep knee over and head over the ball

Side volley

+ Used when looking to play over a long distance into wide areas (especially on counter attack)
+ Low trajectory pass which allows for more accuracy
+ Goalkeeper tosses the ball up from one hand without a run-up
+ The starting position is very open
+ Goalkeeper opens the hips by tilting the body laterally
+ The ball is kicked from underneath
+ The kicking leg does not follow the direction of the ball but tilts to the side
+ The trajectory of the ball is a lot lower than a classic volley

Dribble and drive

+ Used when goalkeeper cannot pass from hands
+ Pass choice can be side foot/chip/drill & drive
+ More accurate for the goalkeeper to use across various distances

Side foot pass

+ Used when looking to play over a short distance
+ Look to keep your knee and head over the ball to allow for a clean contact 
+ If playing into full backs can you look to over hit the ball slightly in order for the ball to reach its intended target
+ Keep eye on the ball until it is released

Wedge/chip pass

+ The chip is used over middle distances when looking to bypass players
+ You are looking to strike on the top/side of foot with minimum amount of follow through
+ Can the ball arrive at the intended target without a bounce?
+ Keep eye on the ball until it is released

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