Soccer Goalkeeper Drills
A soccer goalkeeper is a unique, tough and vital position in this beautiful game. For success in soccer, the goalkeeper needs to have the essential skills to play the position effectively.
This is why coaches incorporate soccer goalkeeper drills into the training sessions – to enhance the player’s goalkeeping skills.
For beginner teams, these soccer goalkeeper drills can be instrumental in identifying who among the players is best suited for the goalkeeper position.
This post outlines some of the most effective soccer goalkeeper drills your team can implement. It is important to note that each drill focuses on a different skill or set of skills. Let’s go into the details.
Soccer Goalkeeper Drill:Agility Hands
This drill is meant to enhance the goalkeeper’s footwork and agility skills. It focuses on improving the goalkeeper's catching ability.
How It works
In this drill, the goalkeeper works through multiple cones and then tries to save balls that are shot from short distances.
The coach can instruct the servers to pass the ball on the ground, instead of throwing, and the goalkeepers to pass the ball back by the feet in one-touch.
Servers can also toss the soccer ball high so that the goalkeeper has to jump in an attempt to catch the ball
Alternatively, servers can make the goalkeepers dive for the ball by tossing or passing it wide outside the mannequins
Soccer Goalkeeper Drill:Deflect And Dive
This soccer goalkeeper drill focuses on improving the goalkeeper's ability to block shots by moving swiftly and with agility across the goal.
How it works
The goalkeeper tries to block a low shot at one of the goalposts and then quickly gets up and sprints across the goal in an attempt to block a high ball at the other goalpost.
Instead of throwing or making light passes, the coach can instruct the servers to move farther away from the goal and make heavy on-goal shots.
Soccer Goalkeeper Drill: Goalie Wars
This soccer goalkeeper drill works on developing various goalkeeping skills including footwork, reflexes, and agility. Goalkeepers also train for distribution and confidence.
How it works
This drill involves goalkeepers competing against each other at high speeds while attempting to score at each other’s goals.
Every goalkeeper is allowed to throw, kick, or drop kick the soccer ball towards the other goalkeeper with the aim of scoring. The other goalkeeper tries to block the ball.
For younger or less experienced goalkeepers, the coach can form a 2v2 so that two goalkeepers start at each goal.
The coach can also change scoring techniques to make each round different. For instance, the coach can allow only kicks from the ground or throws only.
Soccer Goalkeeper Drill: Goalkeeper Reaction
This drill trains goalkeepers for better positioning, fast decision making and shot stopping.
How it works
The goalkeeper attempts to save a shot from two attackers that move behind mannequin defenders ready to receive the ball from the passing player and attempt to score.
The goalkeeper doesn’t know which of the two attacking players will receive the ball, and must, therefore, react instantaneously and try a save the ball once the on-goal shot is made.
The coach can create more attacking positions to accommodate more attackers. This will enhance the goalkeepers' skills by making them react to more attacking positions.
The coach can also allow the starting player to take a long-range on-goal shot instead of making a through pass to the other attackers. This will make the goalkeeper stay more alert and in position for any kind of shot.
Goalkeeper skills are vital for the success of any soccer team. The soccer drills outlined above will help improve your players’ goalkeeping skills.
Since every goalkeeping drill has a different setup and aims at enhancing different skills, it is important for coaches to implement the drills correctly and for the right expected results.
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