Critical Footwork For Goalkeepers

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on backward footwork.

The reason this activity is so important is keepers spend a lot of time working on coming forward, getting off their line etc but not nearly enough time getting back.  For the most part, for every step a keeper takes forward, he will have to take the same number of steps backwards.

Start with a keeper at the near post, a cone on the 6 outside the goal and a server with some balls around 15 yards from goal.

The keeper sprints out to the cone and sets as if he is cutting off an angle

The keeper then sprints back to the middle of the goal.

The server then shoots far post and the keeper makes the save.

The keeper then goes back to the original starting point and goes again.

It’s important to make sure the keeper understands the first part positioning is unrelated to where the ball is (he is setting for an imaginary ball out wider)

The more work the keeper can get coming forward, getting back and going sideways, the better he will be.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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