Runners Off of a Wall

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on runners off of a wall.

To start, have a server 25-30 yards out with a ball. There are 3 mannequins (or, if you don’t have mannequins, you can use people) making up a wall 10 yards from the ball. An attacking player is at the end of the wall and a keeper is in goal.


We are recreating a free kick situation here so the keeper lines up prepared to deal with the free kick (direct kick).

The server starts by playing a ball on the ground past the player on the wall.


The player turns and tries to get to the ball for a first time shot.


In order to prevent this from happening the keeper has to read the situation and either win the ball or cut off the angle and pressure the shooter.



If the keeper seems to be “cheating” by overplaying the pass, the server has the option to shoot directly on goal.

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It’s best to do this from different areas around the 18 and also have the player on the wall occasionally start on the other side.


Similar to other training activities what we are trying to do here is recreate game situations so feel free to add other players into this activity, as you see fit.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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