Quick Movement, Balance and Catching

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on quick movement, balance, and catching.

Start with a keeper standing in a 6 x 6 square. Each corner is numbered 1-4. There is a server 10 yards away with a ball.


The server calls a number and the keeper must touch that corner, as quickly as possible and then get back to the middle to catch a ball played to the middle.


The keeper catches the ball, returns it and then the next number is called.


The keeper should be taking quick short steps and always have his eyes on the ball.

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In the beginning the server gives the keeper just enough time to get back to the middle so that the keeper can catch the ball while on balance. Gradually, the server starts playing the ball earlier and earlier to really force the keeper back quickly and also to force the keeper to make the decision of whether he can get back and stay on his feet while balanced or dive to get behind the ball.

Do this for a one minute period, with the server changing up the pattern so the keeper doesn’t know which corner will be next and then have the keeper rest for a minute before starting back up.

This is a great way to work on a keepers balance, footwork and catching.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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