Get Your Goalkeeper Involved In the Possession Phase

By Jakub Pietrzak, 

Goalkeeper involvement during the possession phase is growing. Most coaches try to make their teams play out from the back, straight from goal kicks, using their goalkeeper. That makes the ability to receive and pass the ball very important for the goalkeepers aspiring to make it at the highest level. In the presented below drills, goalkeepers can improve their technique and decision making.

Drill 1
Needed: 4 cones, 2 balls
Number: 4 goalkeepers

Players positioned as on the diagram. Drill is started by 2 players playing a pass to their right side (1). The outside players pass the ball back (2). After short passes there is a longer pass in between middle players (3). After that the cycle repeats. Make sure players focus on a good first touch, firm passes on the ground.

Drill 2
Needed: 4 cones and 2 balls
Number: 4 or 3 Goalkeepers and a coach

The drill starts by coach ( C ) by passing to the goalkeeper (A). His task is to pass the ball to the goalkeeper that doesn’t have the ball and it can’t be a pass back to the same player. In this case goalkeeper A has to pass the ball to goalkeeper B. Second ball is played by goalkeeper D so goalkeeper A has to play it back to the coach. Work on both 1 and 2 touch passing.

Drill 3
Needed: 2 cones, 1 ball
Number: 4 goalkeepers

Players positioned as on the diagram. Goalkeeper A starts the drill by playing a short pass to goalkeeper B (1). He plays a pass back to goalkeeper A (2) who passes long, all the way to goalkeeper D (3). Goalkeeper D plays exactly the same combination of passes with goalkeeper C and switches the play again. After the long passes goalkeepers switch positions in their pairs.

By Jakub Pietrzak

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