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U9-U10

Goalkeepers in the U9-U10 Age Groups should be introduced to the basic fundamentals of goalkeeping as well as the importance of technique to prevent injuries.

 

  • Three Basic Catches: Low Ball Scoop, Basket Catch and Contour Catch (Diamond or “Window” Shape Preferred)
  • Goalkeeper stance: Hard Parts forward (chin, shoulders, hands, knees), body weight on balls of feet, balance neutral
  • Footwork: proper angles, quick feet, keep body low
  • Collapse Diving: Technique of collapsing to both sides of the body, ball hits first, elbow tucked under, landing on the side of the body, ball placed in front of the GK’s face, knees bent, body in a forward motion, Three hand catching technique
  • Three Basic Distribution Techniques: Underhand roll, kick and punt.
  • Rules of the Goalkeeper: penalty kicks, use of hands vs. feet.

 

 

U11-U13

 Goalkeepers in the U11-U13 Age Groups should be able to consistently make saves from a ball struck from medium pace, collapse dive to either side with proper technique, use correct form on breakaways, use correct form on high ball saves, and appropriate footwork on placement in the 18 and goal mouth.  Communication and distribution will be heavily emphasized, as well as the techniques below.  Goalkeepers at this age must develop strong verbal and leadership characteristics.  There should be fewer “soft” goals given up in training and games.  

  • Three Basic Catches: Low Ball Scoop, Basket Catch and Contour Catch (Diamond or “Window” Shape Preferred)
  • Goalkeeper stance and Correct footwork across the goal: Hard Parts forward (chin, shoulders, hands, knees), body weight on balls of feet, balance neutral
  • Breakaway fundamentals: Short step vs. long step, hands by the sides of the Gk’s feet, Nose in front of toes in the crouching position, forward step into the collapse dive form
  • High Ball Save: Correct Footwork, jumping with both legs, arms bent, catching ball above the forehead in “diamond or window” shape, catching on top of the ball, catching ball in front of you and not directly above your head.
  • Distribution from feet: passbacks, punts, goalkicks
  • Distribution from hands: underhand roll and overhand sling toss
  • Positioning:  String attached to ball position; set pieces; depth in the 18; attacking support
  • Deflections: crossover steps, turning for balls overhead, low hand vs. top hand
  • Leadership:  when and how to communicate, organizing defense, how to train

 

 

 

U14-U16

 

Goalkeepers in the U14-U16 Age Groups should be able to consistently make saves from a ball struck with pace, collapse dive to either side with proper technique, use correct form on breakaways, use correct form on high ball saves, and appropriate footwork on placement in the 18 and goal mouth.  Emphasis on having an ‘on field personality’ and strong leadership.

  • Three Basic Catches: Low Ball Scoop, Basket Catch and Contour Catch (Diamond or “Window” Shape Preferred)
  • Goalkeeper stance and Correct footwork across the goal: Hard Parts forward (chin, shoulders, hands, knees), body weight on balls of feet, balance neutral
  • Breakaway fundamentals: Short step vs. long step, hands by the sides of the Gk’s feet, Nose in front of toes in the crouching position, forward step into the collapse dive form
  • High Ball Save: Correct Footwork, jumping with both legs, arms bent, catching ball above the forehead in “diamond or window” shape, catching on top of the ball, catching ball in front of you and not directly above your head.
  • High Ball Punches: correct form on two hand and one hand punches, correct footwork to and from punch; height, width, distance, & accuracy.
  • Back to the bar: drop step, crossover steps
  • Distribution from feet: passbacks, punts, goalkicks
  • Distribution from hands: underhand roll and overhand sling toss
  • Positioning: String attached to ball position; set pieces; depth in the 18; attacking support
  • Power Dives: proper shuffling technique, power step explosion, opposite driving leg across the body, two hands to the ball
  • Deflections: crossover steps, turning for balls overhead, low hand vs. top hand
  • Communication to defenders: becoming the last line of defense and first line of offense, coaching the defensive strategy on the field, placing players in the correct positions on free kicks.  Learning when and how to communicate, how to train, short memory, off field habits.

 

U17 and Above

 Goalkeepers in the U17 and Above Age Groups should become comfortable with all aspects of the goalkeeping position including comfort receiving back passes from their teammates. They should also be able to hold onto the ball and distribute consistently in an effective, accurate manner.  Understanding tactics and moments of the game will be addressed during team training.  Repetition and game-like situations will be emphasized. 

 

  • Three Basic Catches: Low Ball Scoop, Basket Catch and Contour Catch (Diamond or “Window” Shape Preferred)
  • Goalkeeper stance and Correct footwork across the goal: Hard Parts forward (chin, shoulders, hands, knees), body weight on balls of feet, balance neutral
  • Breakaway fundamentals: Short step vs. long step, hands by the sides of the Gk’s feet, Nose in front of toes in the crouching position, forward step into the collapse dive form
  • High Ball Save: Correct Footwork, jumping with both legs, arms bent, catching ball above the forehead in “diamond or window” shape, catching on top of the ball, catching ball in front of you and not directly above your head.
  • High Ball Punches: correct form on two hand and one hand punches, correct footwork to and from punch; height, width, distance, & accuracy.
  • Back to the bar: drop step, crossover steps, power step
  • Distribution from feet: passbacks, punts, goalkicks
  • Distribution from hands: underhand roll, sidearm toss, and overhand sling toss
  • Positioning: String attached to ball position; set pieces; depth in the 18; attacking support
  • Power Dives: proper shuffling technique, power step explosion, opposite driving leg across the body, two hands to the ball
  • Deflections: crossover steps, turning for balls overhead, low hand vs. top hand
  • Communication to defenders: becoming the last line of defense and first line of offense, coaching the defensive strategy on the field, placing players in the correct positions on free kicks.  Learning when and how to communicate, how to train, short memory, off field habits.
  • Great Angle play and reading of the game on when to come and when to stay.
  • Problem solver:  using positioning and coaching to solve potentially dangerous attacks.
  • Personality:  positive attitude and tremendous confidence no matter the situation.  Developing a ‘presence’ in goal