Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on a keeper reading the situation when the ball is on the end line. This activity is great for keepers as well as the rest of the team.
Start with a keeper in goal, an attacking player on the end line just outside the 18, a defender 3 yards behind the player on the end line and a few attacking and defending players in the 18.
As soon as the attacker with the ball touches it, the game is live.
The attacker can dribble straight toward goal, down the end line.
The attacker can dribble out from the end line to create an angle to shoot from.
The attacker can serve a ball in for a cross to one of his teammates.
The goalkeeper has to read the situation and react accordingly. Based on the angles involved, the keeper has to position himself for a shot, a cross, or an attack with the dribble. The keeper also has to read the defenders which will also affect angles and positioning.
Have the attacking team take 5 attacks from each side and then the teams switch roles.
This is an excellent activity to force the keeper to read the situation and react accordingly while allowing the field players to do the same.
Have a great day!