Goalkeeper Training


               Two items of deficiency we continuously experienced during past seasons with our goalkeepers:

  1. The inability of the keeper to play with her feet as an effective sweeper/keeper— Our backs must have confidence in our goaltender to handle back-passes. Playing all the way back is an essential element of our strategies especially against teams with fast closing speed and aggressive strikers.

  2. The inability of the keeper to take goal kicks— When one of our backs takes goal kicks, it automatically puts us down one field player. Playing a person down is not acceptable especially due to the keeper failing to put enough time and effort into learning to take goal kicks.

Here are the items goalkeepers must focus on improving:

  1. Individual Skills:


    2. GOAL KICKS.

    3. Side Volley (A.K.A. Side Punt, Spinner, Sidewinder Kick)

    4. Drop Kicks for accuracy and distance.

    5. Punts.

    6. Basic fundamental goalkeeper mechanics/cage skills including Diving, Vertical Jumping, High Point, Punching, Timing, Going To Ground, Parrying/Tipping… etc. etc.

    7. Hand Distribution.

    8. Communication.

      1. When to tell a back/mid to turn.

      2. Indicate when a player is “ON!”

      3. Asking for a recycled ball in the appropriate area.

  2. Physical Fitness:

    1. Speed.

    2. Agility.

    3. Muscular and Cardiovascular Endurance.

    4. Reaction Time—Ask me if you’d like to borrow a Reaction Ball.

    5. Muscular Strength.

  3. Tactical:

    1. A knowledge of our formations and how the players interact.

    2. How and when to use our backs.

    3. When to skip players.

    4. Wall Management.

      1. Selecting the correct size wall.

      2. Building and directing the wall.