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For information about Winter GK Training


Don't miss a week - this programming is fee based

Fall GK Training Program

Jorey Erickson, Director of WSC GK, will lead 7 GK sessions.

The sessions are free of charge and are for U12-U14 GKs males and females.

All sessions will be at Courtly Park, Field 10:
7449 Courtly Road, Woodbury MN 55125

All session 3-4:30pm:

  • August 28
  • September 11, 18, 25
  • October 2, 9, 23

Proper GK Set position: US Women's National Team GK Training Nov 2011 - photo taken by Julie Eibensteiner

WSC GK Communication Expectations

All WSC GKs are encouraged to meet these milestones

WSC GK Distribution Expectations

All WSC GKs are encouraged to meet these milestones

WSC GK Communication Terminology

Standard terminology for all WSC GKs


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
- Footwork
- Hand Position 
- Mentality




Qualities We Want In Our Goalkeepers

1. Comfort with Ball at Feet

  • Ability to be an 11th player on the field, not just a shot stopper
  • Ability to handle backpasses with ease with either foot
  • Ability to distribute via long driven service from both feet, short pass, drop kick, and side volley.
  • EVERY goalkeeper at EVERY age should be taking their own goalkicks.

2. Presence in Goal / Leadership

  • Ownership of 18 yard box
  • Ability to organize and direct back line
  • Control tempo of game and promote calm confidence in teammates
  • Leadership in training via work ethic, can-do attitude, and comfort handling responsibility.

3. Shot Stopping Ability

  • Ability to make saves look simple with focus on proper footwork, limit rebounds
  • Mental endurance to stay tuned into and adjust to play throughout entire game.
  • Bravery and Courage in close range situations
  • Commitment to maintaining team possession of the ball as often as possible after completing the save.

Goalkeeper Playing Time Guidelines

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

Between the Posts: GK Tidbits

2 Types of Goalkeepers: Are you are you a Reaction or Anticipation Goalkeeper?


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."

Full Article

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
On the spot: Keepers shine in penalty battle.

  • A look at why over 25% penalties saved this year compared to 17% on average in EPL.
  • The top GKs have an educated idea of where shooter may go, but still wait to commit until last minute.
  • At the youth level, GKs will always save more penalties if they react instead of guess.