METROWEST OFF SEASON CLINICS: GOALKEEPING

GoalKeeping

The uniqueness of the goalkeeping position demands unique and specialized training, which we proudly deliver upon with our goalkeeping clinics! Our goalkeeping coaches develop and sharpen reflexes in goalkeepers with all levels of experience while teaching new techniques and honing old ones!



TRAINING PROGRAMS:


U10

All players at these younger ages should experience all positions including playing in goal. Individuals should develop as field players, not only as goalkeepers.

Aspect

Areas of Development

Details/Focus

Technical

⚪ Basic handling techniques
⚪ Basic positioning
⚪ Basic distribution concepts

⚪ Scoop, basket, contour, high contour
⚪ Set feet, ball line
⚪ Throw-ins, goal kicks

Tactical

Positioning

Proper position in goal, ball line

Fitness

Balance, coordination

Mental

Soccer equals fun


U10-U12

At these ages players should still play multiple positions. There should be a rotation of different players playing in goal as well.

Aspect

Areas of Development

Details/Focus

Technical

⚪ Intermediate handling
⚪ Positioning
⚪ Basic diving techniques
⚪ Basic dealing with breakaways
⚪ Basic dealing with crosses
⚪ Distribution

⚪ Catching, deflecting
⚪ Set stance, ball line
⚪ Collapse and extension dives, form
⚪ Coming off the line, set position
⚪ Judging, positioning, calling
⚪ Goal kick, drop kick, bowling, overarm

Tactical

⚪ Dealing with back passes
⚪ Basic communication

⚪ Anticipation, communication
⚪ Using terminology: Drop, step, left/right shoulder

Fitness

Footwork, core strength, speed

Mental

⚪ Understanding the goalkeeper
⚪ Fun environment

Player characteristics


U12-U14

At these ages players begin to mature and will evolve into playing certain positions. Players begin to focus on a specialized position and therefore benefit from more position-specific and functional training.

Aspect

Areas of Development

Details/Focus

Technical

⚪ Intermediate handling
⚪ Diving techniques
⚪ Dealing with crosses
⚪ Dealing with breakaways
⚪ Distribution

⚪ Catching, deflecting
⚪ Diving to save
⚪ Judging, positioning, calling, footwork
⚪ Attacking vs. reacting
⚪ Goal kick, drop kick, bowling, overarm
⚪ Focus on technique and range

Tactical

⚪ Back pass option
⚪ Communication/organization

⚪ Switching point of attack
⚪ Role of last defender/sweeper
⚪ Set piece organization

Fitness

Footwork, speed, core strength and Power

Mental

⚪ Motivation
⚪ Match & training preparation


U14-U16

At these ages it is important for players to focus on a specific position. Goalkeepers should start developing advanced goalkeeping skills and learn the role of the position. Also, it is suggested goalkeepers still participate in field player sessions to develop technical and tactical skills.

Aspect

Areas of Development

Details/Focus

Technical

⚪ Advanced handling
⚪ Advanced shot stopping
⚪ Dealing with crosses
⚪ 3-goal situation
⚪ Back to crossbar
⚪ Distribution

⚪ All techniques
⚪ Reaction, speed, recovery saves
⚪ Catching vs. tipping, floater vs driven cross
⚪ Defending flank attacks of different service
⚪ Recovery, step-over technique
⚪ Side volley, range, accuracy

Tactical

⚪ Back pass option
⚪ Organization
⚪ Reading the game

⚪ Distance and angle of support to defense
⚪ Back 3/Back 4 organization
⚪ Understanding play development
⚪ Anticipating next pass

Fitness

⚪ Footwork, speed, core strength
⚪ Plyometric power, explosiveness

Mental

Paying attention to details Leadership on & off the field


U16+

This is the stage where goalkeepers should further advance their goalkeeping skills while also devoting plenty of attention to the tactical and fitness aspects of the game. Focus is placed on the goalkeeper’s role as last defender and first attacker, as well as consistency of play.

Aspect

Areas of Development

Details/Focus

Technical

⚪ Advanced shot stopping
⚪ Dealing with crosses
⚪ 3-Goal situation
⚪ Distribution

⚪ Reaction, speed, recovery saves
⚪ Dealing with traffic
⚪ Advanced training exercises
⚪ All techniques, power, accuracy

Tactical

⚪ Back pass option
⚪ Reading the game
⚪ Organization

⚪ Starting an attack
⚪ Understanding style of play, tempo of game
⚪ Knowledge of positions

Fitness

Speed, strength, agility, power

Mental

⚪ Paying close attention to details
⚪ Leadership vs. mistreating
⚪ Dealing with distractions
⚪ Confidence, consistency, courage
⚪ Goal setting
⚪ Ability to handle criticism

GK Extended Day Camp

Date: July 10-14
Age Group: U07-U14
Cost: $400
Location: Fay School, Southborough

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Interested in goalkeeper training during your season?

AVSC offers goalkeeper training programs to all interested goalkeepers during the spring and fall playing seasons!

Contact AVSC at club@abbeyvillasoccer.com, for details!