Dealing with Distraction

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on dealing with distractions.

Start with a keeper in goal, a server 15 yards out and two players in front of the keeper. The server has a few balls.


As the server shoots a ball, the two players split up to try to distract the keeper. The keeper makes the save.


The players also have the option of crossing in front of the keeper when the ball.


You can also have the players start apart and then come together as the ball is struck.


The players can also move vertically, as well as horizontally, just to give a different look for the keeper to deal with.

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The idea here is for the keeper to feel distracted, and to be able to focus on the ball the entire time.

Once the keeper starts to feel comfortable with this activity, you can complicate matters by making the players “live” so they can redirect the shot as it’s coming toward goal.

The only way for a keeper to feel comfortable dealing with these type of issues in a game is to try to recreate them in a training situation.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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