Including a Goalkeeper In a Passing Drill

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today’s discussion shows how you can work on a keepers footwork, fitness and positioning.

We have all seen teams do three person passing drills as a warm up.  Two players start 20 yards apart and a third player starts behind the one with a ball.

The player with the ball passes to the opposite player and then follows the pass.

The player who receives the ball takes a touch to the side and then passes to the third player and follows his pass

This keeps going for a few minutes.

What if we add a keeper and a goal into this activity, 18 yards away.

The field players don’t have anything to do with the keeper but wherever the ball is, the keeper works on positioning himself properly, as if a shot might be hit

This forces the keeper to move properly to get into position for a possibly shot.  It’s a lot of movement so if the field players are doing this for 2 minutes straight, you might have the keeper go for 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off.

This is just one example of how a keeper can work on footwork, fitness and positioning.  Most any activity that involves passing and movement for the field players and doesn’t require a keeper can have the keeper working on this type of movement on his own.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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