How To Deal With Low Shots

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today’s featured game works on saves hit low and at you.

One of the most difficult saves for a keeper to make is the low hard shot either right at them or slightly to their side.  The challenge is getting down quickly and holding onto the ball, if at all possible. It gets even more difficult if the ball skids right before getting to the keeper.  This game helps keepers prepare for these situations.

Start with two keepers 10 yards apart (the distance can be changed if needed) each in the middle of a 2 yard wide goal. One keeper starts with a ball in their hands.

The keepers try to score by throwing the ball toward the other goal.  The ball must be below the knees and can hit the ground before getting to the goal.  The defending keeper must start on his line until the ball is thrown.

If the ball goes between the cones, the thrower gets 3 points.

If the ball hits the keepers legs, the thrower gets 2 points

If the keeper makes the save but gives up a rebound, the thrower gets 1 point

Once the ball is served and either saved properly or points are awarded, the same thing is done in the opposite direction.

The keeper has the option of staying on his feet and making the save, doing a kick out dive or a forward dive.

The first keeper to 10 points wins (you can change this number depending on how many keepers you have, how long the game is taking etc.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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