Proper GK Set position: US Women's National Team GK Training Nov 2011 - photo taken by Julie Eibensteiner
A look at some activities that should be familiar to WSC GKs during training sessions. Pay attention to the very sound fundamentals by Hope Solo, Jill Loyden, and Nicole Barnhart.
- Balance & Set Position
- Elbows in front of body
- Hand Position
1. Comfort with Ball at Feet
2. Presence in Goal / Leadership
3. Shot Stopping Ability
The succesful goalkeeper is one who is a soccer player first, shot stopper second.
We champion the following in all of our teams...
U10 and Younger: Every player rotates into goal, NO dedicated goalkeepers.
U11-12: We strongly encourage 4-6 interested players rotate time in goal. NO full time goalkeepers. No one should play entire games in goal.
U13+: 2 dedicated goalkeepers per team at the highest competitive levels.
#1 As players get older, goalkeepers MUST be comfortable with their feet. They must be a soccer player above all else. It is much easier to teach a player to use their hands to catch than make up for poor feet when they get older. Therefore, we do not want to pigeon hole players in goal (and limit their development of their feet & overall understand of the game) at young ages.
#2 We expose more players to the position and have a larger pool of GKs for the long-term at the older age groups when competing for Premier League status, MRL, and State Cup.
70-80% of touches by goalkeeper at the highest level are with their feet during the course of a game.
NEW! Video (below): Neuer v Weidenfeller GK Dual in 2013 Champions League Final
Psychology of Goalkeeping: Dealing with Pressure
"They must master their own minds if they are to master their craft. It is about more than stopping shots."
Technique: Reaction Saves
Video (above): Training the reaction save
Keys: Make an effort for EVERYTHING. Body weight forward (chest over toes), gettting/set balanced when you can, showing large amount of surface area/body to ball, hands drop and body becomes more crouched (compact) as shooter is closer.
Common Mistakes: Not going for ball, standing too upright, weight on heels, hands too high, flinching.
Technique: Low Dive
Video (above): Proper technique for making save on ball hit across ground and away from body.
Keys: Hands drop early, shoulders ahead of toes, short lateral step into dive, hands move across ground to ball, save made in front of body line.
Common Mistakes: Falling on ball or trapping ball, hands too high, too big of step, stepping forward, weight in heels/shoulders behind toes, falling backward.
Situation: Saving Penalties
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