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Multiple Shot Re-focus

By Scott Housden - As is the case for all other players, the goalkeeper moves considerably during games. However, a goalkeeper’s movements are often much smaller and precise. This active movement (i.e. the goalkeeper’s movement on the pitch to ensure good positioning before attempting to make a save) across the goalmouth is key when dealing with

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Quick Movement & Saves in Dealing with Counter Attacking Play

By Scott Housden - When playing a high pressing game, or your defenders are playing a high defensive line there is always the possibility of a counter attacking pinpoint long angled ball for a wide or central attacker to run on to and shoot. In this scenario, the goalkeeper is unable to sweep the ball and

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Dealing with Angled Shots

By Scott Housden - When facing angled shots from attackers, the goalkeeper’s movement and positioning are key in being able to make the save.  The two key elements of positioning are; moving into line with the ball and moving down the line in order to reduce the goal-scoring opportunity. The diagram above illustrates the movement made

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Dealing With Unsighted Shots

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on unsighted shots.

An unsighted shot is one where the keeper doesn’t have direct vision of the ball. In this activity we are going to recreate the situation with the use of dummy’s.

Start with a keeper in goal and a couple of shooters just outside the 18. There is a dummy (some people call them mannequins) in front of the shooter and ball between the shooter and the dummy. The purpose of the dummy is to prevent the keeper from being able to see the ball.


One of the players takes a quick touch to

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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

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Reading and Anticipating Shots

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on reading the game and anticipating shots.

When training keepers we frequently put them in a situation where they know a shot is coming.  In many cases, not only do they know when the shot is coming but also from where.  To allow the keeper to work on this we can play a 4 v 4 (any numbers really would work) possession game using the width of the 6 as one set of boundaries and the penalty spot to the top of the D as the other set of boundaries.  A keeper is in goal.

Whichever team has the ball must make 3 consecutive passes and at that

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