Why Diving Forward Makes a Difference

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletters. Today’s featured activity works on footwork and coming forward on dives.

The keeper starts by one of the posts and there are 4 cones, in a row, 2 feet apart along the goal line. There is a 5th cone 3 yards off the post. A server is 15 yards from goal with balls.


The keeper starts by going forward and backward between each cone.


When the keeper gets to the last cone the server plays a ball toward the 5th cone.


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The keeper dives and must make the save in front of the cone.


If you have two or three keepers training together then as soon as the first one dives the second one would go and the first one gets up and jogs back to the start.

The key to this activity is it reenacts the back and forth movement, along with the side to side movement, that a keeper does all game long and also forces the keeper to come forward on his dive (which hopefully will help many keepers break their bad habit of diving backwards).

Do this 10 times and then repeat from the other side.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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