Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Training

ACADEMY: Keeper training part three

12 June 2014

Keeper training images

1v1 smothering 



+ Smothering is when you have an opportunity to win the ball with your hands and the ball is in the goalkeeper’s favor
+ If you decide to dive/smoother on the ball, be committed with eyes fixed on the ball – Lead with the hands
+ The goalkeeper takes a step forward trying to attack the ball early so they take it away from the goal
+ You must take a step with the foot nearest the ball
+ Move like a pendulum – head/hands and feet all move at the same time
+ Stopper and trapper - strong wrists and a big palm - ‘W’ shape should be made on the ball. 
+ Elbows are tucked in so injury does not occur
+ Strong wrists & soft palms
+ Impact must be made on the side of the body and shoulder
+ Three barriers on the ball – hands, head and ground
+ Once caught make sure eyes are looking at the ball
+ To get back up use pendulum leg (getting up without using the hands)
+ If spilled, recovery save – try to parry/deflect ball to safety

1v1 blocking 



+ Blocking/spreading is when the attacker is first to the ball and the ball is either 50/50 or in the attackers favour and you must lead with the body
+ One hand is low and other is high to prevent both low and high balls but the GK must lead with the chest to present a big barrier to the ball
+ Quick assessment of which technique to use
+ Recovery save/recovery lines
+ Be prepared to improvise

Dealing with crosses - front post



+ Goalkeeper’s starting position in relation to the ball – goalkeeper has two priorities – first to defend the goal and second to defend the space in behind the defenders
+ Goalkeeper’s stance needs to be open/sideways as this allows them to see the ball and area
+ Stance also needs to be positive (on your toes and look big)
+ Asses the height and flight of the ball, not the movement of the opponents
+ Decision on whether to come and collect the ball or allow the defenders to clear 
+ Communication is the goalkeeper’s decision - call will be either 'keepers' or 'away'
+ Call early and save late 
+ Call once but three times as loud 
+ Depth of defenders – give them visual points
+ If call is 'away' – keeper must perform recovery lines and defend the goal, this is followed by the communication to the defender whether to push out (when ball falls to own team) or squeeze out (when the ball falls to opposition)
+ If call is 'keepers' – angle of approach/speed  - quickest/shortest route to the ball – short/sharp feet
+ Timing and angle of goalkeeper’s take off – quickest route to the ball – if delivered to front post look to ideally take off one leg, ideally the foot nearest the ball - bring the other leg up for thrust, protection and balance
+ Look to attack the ball at your highest point with a 'W' technique, make sure the forearms are flexed so they act as a shock absorber
+ Strong wrists and soft palms if catching
+ Make sure eyes are fixed onto the ball and watch through window between the hands

Dealing with crosses - middle zone





+ Goalkeeper’s starting position in relation to the ball – goalkeeper has two priorities – first to defend the goal and second to defend the space in behind the defenders
+ Goalkeeper’s stance needs to be open/sideways as this allows them to see the ball and area
+ Asses the height and flight of the ball not the movement of the opponents
+ Decision on whether to come and collect the ball or allow the defenders to clear 
+ Communication is the goalkeeper’s decision - call will be either 'keepers' or 'away'
+ Call early and save late 
+ Call once but three times as loud 
+ Depth of defenders – give them visual points
+ If call is 'away' – keeper must perform recovery lines and defend the goal, this is followed by the communication to the defender whether to push out (when ball falls to own team) or squeeze out (when the ball falls to opposition)
+ If call is 'keepers' – angle of approach/speed  - quickest/shortest route to the ball – short/sharp feet
+ Timing and angle of goalkeeper’s take off – quickest route to the ball – if delivered to front post look to ideally take off one leg, ideally the foot nearest the ball - bring the other leg up for thrust, protection and balance
+ Look to attack the ball at your highest point with a 'W' technique, make sure the forearms are flexed so they act as a shock absorber
+ Strong wrists and soft palms if catching
+ Make sure eyes are fixed onto the ball and watch through window between the hands

Dealing with crosses - back post




+ Goalkeeper’s starting position in relation to the ball – goalkeeper has two priorities – first to defend the goal and second to defend the space in behind the defenders
+ Goalkeeper’s stance needs to be open/sideways as this allows them to see the ball and area
+ Asses the height and flight of the ball not the movement of the opponents
+ Decision on whether to come and collect the ball or allow the defenders to clear 
+ Look to take off the back foot - if off balance take ball to ground
+ Roles and responsibility of defenders - closest protects and furthest drops to the line 
+ Decision whether to deflect/help on
+ If ball is delivered to back post – look for short sharp feet

Advertisement block