Making Saves When Your View is Blocked

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on blinded keepers.

A keeper should be able to save a shot from the top of the D.


It becomes much more difficult when players are blocking the keepers view.


For this activity have 3 players line up side by side 4 yards from the center of the goal. Their job is simply to stand there and be an obstacle. The server can shoot to either side of the wall.


The keeper has to first find the ball (since it will be difficult to see the ball he will most likely choose to get very low to see the ball through the legs) and then react accordingly.

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The server can also choose to play the ball right at the wall, on the ground, and the keeper will have to find a way through the players or around the players. The other options is for the server to play a high ball (either a chip over the wall or a lofted ball for the keeper to have to go up and win).

Once the keeper gets better at finding the ball quickly, allow the players in the all to move so they can try to get in the keepers way or deflect a ball on it’s way to goal.

The key here is to prepare the keeper for situations when they don’t have a good sight of the ball in a game.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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