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Ball Familiarity

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s topic deals with ball familiarity.

We do various drills, keepers watch video’s, we do video analysis, keepers pay for extra training. It’s all good BUT if a keeper isn’t comfortable with the ball in his hands, it’s all for naught.

When I started out as a keeper (and even before that when I was a basketball player) I tried to always have a ball in my hand. I would throw it in the air and catch it. I would throw it against a wall and catch it. I would

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