Quick Footwork and Diving

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on quick footwork, changes of directions and diving.

Start with the keeper in a proper stance between two cones. There are two more cones 3 yards in front of the keeper and 3 yards to the side and a server 10 yards away with a ball.


The server starts by pointing to one of the cones in front and the keeper must sprint to the outside of that cone.


The keeper then slides toward the middle.


The server can serve the ball for the keeper to catch,


Or, if the server decides not to play the ball the keeper keeps going, goes around the opposite cone and the server then plays the ball.

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The keeper then goes back to the starting point and gets ready to do this again.

This is working on the keeper moving quickly but staying on balance so he is prepared to make the save at any time. The first few times the server should play the ball right at the keeper, as he gets near the middle of the cones but then he can challenge the keeper by playing the ball a bit earlier so the keeper has to make a diving save or he can play the ball behind the keeper so the keeper has to change directions and dive to make that save.

Keepers have to get accustomed to moving laterally yet staying on balance and this is an excellent way to work on it.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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