Working Angles for Shot Blocking

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on shot blocking and adjusting angles.

Start with a keeper in goal and 5 balls lined up toward each of the sides of the 18. A server starts by one of the balls. The balls are approximately 3 yards apart.


The server starts by stepping toward the near ball and the keeper steps out to cut off the angle.


The server shoots and the keeper makes the save.


The ball gets played to the side and the server and keeper step back and then do the same thing for the next ball.


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The server plays quickly but does give the keeper time to get up (if he had to dive), get back quickly and then come forward to cut off the angle. The angles of the ball from the goal are different enough so that the keeper has to adjust for each shot. The server goes through all 5 balls and then they rest before going to the other side.

While this might seem like a typical rapid fire shooting activity, it’s actually quite different because while rapid fire activities are all about shot blocking, this one has a big emphasis on positioning and footwork, in addition to shot blocking.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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