Serving Shots From a Close Distance to the GK

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on good stance, quick reactions and holding the ball.

Start with a keeper and a server 3 yards apart. The server has a ball at his feet.


The key here is the closeness of the keeper to the server. The further away from each other they are, the easier it is for the keeper.

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The server can play the ball to either side and the keeper has to do a collapse dive to make the quick save.


As soon as the keeper makes the save he gets up, returns the ball to the server and starts again (a very small point is the keeper should get up before returning the ball because we don’t want to establish the bad habit of trying to distribute the ball from the ground). If the ball is played right at the keeper, he can do one of three things

  • Catch the ball while keeping his feet
  • Forward dive
  • Kick Out Dive

The key here is for the keeper to be safe, make the save and hold the ball whenever possible,

This is a very fast moving activity that, if done for 2-3 minutes straight, will get the keeper working hard, making a lot of saves and really focusing.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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