Update: Take a look at the Coerver Goalkeeping Essentials DVD.
Let's try to learn how to become the best goalkeeper we can possible be.
How do we go about doing that? Well, as a goalkeeper, you've got to master the fundamentals of the position. Some people say to play goalkeeper you've got to be a little crazy, since you're constantly putting yourself in dangerous positions, whether that's stopping a one on one or coming out to win a cross.
But the key to playing keeper is to read the game and limit the number of times you have to make dangerous saves. As a keeper you want to get to the ball before anyone else, and that means reading the game and positioning yourself properly. Let's take a look at some of the fundamentals of playing keeper and some drills to make you a better keeper overall.
- Ball familiarity – juggle the ball with your hands, forearms, writs, and then fists up in the air.
- Add goalkeeper to the possession game – work on your touch with both feet.
- Clearing ball - sending a long ball to the corners, picking out a player.
- Figure eights with the ball between your legs.
- Tap the ball between your feet – improve touch. Work on control and confidence with the ball.
- Goalie wars – place goals about 30 yards away from one another. Keepers take shots on each other.
- Narrow the angle – reduce target size.
- Treat all shots with respect.
- Play every moment – don’t dwell on the past or future. If you get scored on forget about it right away and make the next save.
- Take charge of the field.
- Cultivate an on field personality - smart, fearless and tough.
- Read the game - prevent one on ones by coming off your line and winning the ball before the player has time to get a shot off - make them get their head down.
- Develop communication with your defenders – tell them when they have time, praise them for good plays and instill confidence in them.
- Don’t neglect work on distribution skills – long throws, kicks and punts.
- Be organized on set pieces - every man should be marked and accounted for.
- Be positive.
- Model your game after a top goalkeeper or a group of world class keepers - copy everything they do in the games and in practice.
Check out Chelsea's Petr Cech working on his goalkeeper reaction time in this drill - using tennis balls:
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