“All too often, children are introduced to complex sports activities for which they are not yet physically and mentally ready. Expecting a child to comprehend and respond to the complex situations in the full soccer game format as goalkeeper will only beget frustration and feelings of failure.”

-Horst Wein  CreatorInternationally Renowned Youth Football Development Model

The keeper position calls for physical and mental skills that a growing child is just starting to develop.  Being aware of the present stage of development of the individual can aid in the successful training of the keeper.  Consider some of the attributes of an ideal Goalkeeper:

Anticipation

Reacting to the opponents cue.

The Goalkeeper needs to have foreknowledge of what the opponents alternatives are and then force the opponent to do the opposite.

Young keepers do not have had enough experience to know what the opponents choices are. You must show them.

Expect Image 1

 Concentration

The ability to control one’s thoughts.

The Goalkeeper’s attention must be directed to the flow of the game while ignoring distractions from off the field.

A strong belief in their own skills.

Expect young goalkeepers to have the feeling that their only job is to stop the ball from going into the goal.

Train toward being the “Director” of play: the Last Line of Defense, and the First Line of Attack.

Expect Image Confidence

Expect Image Courage

Courage

The ability to concentrate on the ball while ignoring personal safety.

 Stress the effort your keeper makes rather than the outcome of their actions.

Determination

A firmness of purpose.

Expect young keeper to be indecisive with their feet glued down. Train them to be hungry for any ball that enters their area.

Emphasize the effort and hunger rather than the final result while developing the basics.

Expect Image Determination

Expect Image Positioning

Positioning

Placing to the disadvantage of the opponent.

Expect young keepers to have their feet glued to one spot – generally the goal line. Train toward coming off the line and cutting off angles.

In training a keeper, always begins from a point of reference (goal posts, penalty spot, etc.).

U-10 Modified Goalkeeper Area

Hands may be used within this area. Confine the players’ thinking and training solely to this area.

U10 Modified Goalkeeper Area

U-12 Modified Goalkeeper Area

Hands may be used within this area. Confine the players’ thinking and training solely to this increased area.

Learn to Coach your Goalkeepers using the FUNdamental Practice

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The book is simple and thorough, giving you and the player a great understanding of training for this very unique position.  For the inexperienced coach of goalkeeping, this book is a ‘must’.  For the experienced coach, it will offer a more efficient and organized approach for teaching the FUNdamentals of goalkeeping.

This 125 page book, packed with instructional illustrations and diagrams, will guide you through the adventure of mastering this most challenging position.