Catching High Balls and Quick Distribution

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on catching high balls and quick distribution.

To start have a keeper in goal, a server with balls 20-25 yards out, two dummies inside the 6 yard box and a couple of gates (or small goals) 30-40 yards out.


The server starts by playing a high ball toward one of the dummies.


The keeper must get around the dummy and catch the ball at a high point.


The keeper will have to figure out whether to go behind the dummy, in front of the dummy (or through the dummy) and use the appropriate leg to jump off of for maximum protecting (the knee closest to the dummy should be up for protection).

The keeper catches the ball and then throws the ball through the nearest gate.


The keeper then quickly gets back to the center of the goal and does the same thing to the other side.


Do this 5 times to each side.

For older keepers you can have the distribution go to the opposite gate.

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Emphasis should be made on jumping off the correct leg, catching the ball at a high point and quick and accurate distribution.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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