One-Handed or Two-Handed Punch?

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on two handed punches and then the follow up save.

Start with a keeper in goal, a server 35 yards from goal with balls and a second server 25 yards from goal, also with balls.


The server from 35 yards out starts by lofting a ball toward goal (this can be a chip, or if the server isn’t able to do that, soft punt works as well).


The keeper comes out to punch the ball (two fisted) and tries to get it beyond the near server.


As soon as the ball is punched the second server looks to shoot on goal.


The keeper has to be prepared to quickly react and make the save.

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After making the save, the keeper returns the ball to the server and goes back to prepare for the next lofted ball.

Too often, a keeper comes out strong to punch the ball away from pressure only to have it come right back at them and they are unprepared. This activity helps them work on punching and being prepared for the second shot.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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