Goalkeeper Organizing the Defense

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity is a small sided game inside the 18 working on defensive organization, shot blocking and short distribution.

Start with a keeper in goal, 2 small (3 yard long) goals in the far corners of the 18 and a 4 v 3 in the 18.


The four black players try to score in the big goal so the keeper concentrates on giving up as little as possible and the 3 yellow players try to defend the big goal and when they can, they attack the two outside goal.


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In the beginning the keeper can only distribute to his yellow teammates but in time allow for a direct goal from the keeper through the small goals.


This is a very fast moving game that will force the keeper to be constantly adjusting both offensively and defensively. There should be a lot of communicating. Keep a pile of balls at the top of the 18 so when a ball goes out of play the black team grabs another ball and starts again.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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