Break-Aways and Reading the Touch

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on breakaways, quick shots and reading the touch

Start with a keeper in goal, a player between the 12 and 18 and a server with balls out wide.


The server plays a ball to the player and the keeper goes out to cut down the angle.


If the keeper can get to the ball before it gets to the player, he should go win it.


Most of the time this wont be possible so the keeper has to make a few decisions based on the players actions.

If the player takes a quick touch to try to get around the keeper, the keeper would react as if it’s a breakaway and smother the ball.


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If the player stops the ball dead the keeper maintains a good low stance and makes himself as big as possible.


If the player tries a first time shot, the keeper makes the save.


Once the save is made the keeper resets and then does it again.

Do this 10 times and then have the server change his position and do it again. The keeper must get used to seeing the ball coming from different angles so have the server vary his angle.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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