Why Footwork Is Important to Catching

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on footwork and catching.

Start with 4 cones in a line 4 yards apart. Even with the last cone are 2 mini goals 4 yards apart. In front of the last cone are 2 more cones on angles. There are keepers at the first cone and a server 10 yards from each mini goal.


The first keeper starts by slaloming through the 4 cones and then setting between the last 2 cones.


The purpose of this set is to recreate a situation where the keeper has come forward to cut off the angle so it ends with a set. The keeper then steps back to get behind the goal and then comes forward, sets and makes the save from the server.gk182d



As soon as the first keeper sets, the second keeper starts up and does the same thing but going to the other goal. As soon as the first keeper makes the save he goes back to the line and then does the same thing going to the other direction.

Each keeper would do this 5 times to each side.

Next they would do the same thing but this time they jump over the 4 cones doing knees to chest jumps. This is done 5 times to each side as well.

You can do as many variations as you like including one legged hopping, quick circles around each cone, a high ball between each cone etc.

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Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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