Fundamental Youth Soccer

Goalkeeping

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  • Goalkeeper Training by Bob Friedman, a CYSA Coaching Instruction Staff member

    How do you train youth soccer goalkeepers? Coach A: “When the team practices shooting on goal and during scrimmages – I guess he learns on his own”.
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  • Goalkeeping and the Perfection Game by Don Williams, USSF “A” license California State University Hayward Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach – Former “A” League GK coach with Bay Area Seals

    Always use the 6 yard box for training crosses. The keepers need this for a reference point. When I have 2 or more keepers, one of my favorite games to play I call “perfection”. The game is simple, but forces the keepers to focus very hard on all the coaching points for handling crosses.
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  • Goalkeepers and Punting the Ball by Don Williams, USSF “A” Licensed coach – NSCAA National Diploma, California State University East Bay Asst. Coach Ohlone College Men’s Soccer Head Coach, CYSA Instructional Staff

    If you watch professional keepers, you will see many varying styles of punting. One keeper will whip his leg around from the side, another will drop the ball two handed, and another will drop the ball with the hand on their same side as the foot they kick with.
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  • Diving For Low Shots & Making the Save by Don Williams, USSF “A” Licensed coach – NSCAA National Diploma, California State University East Bay Asst. Coach Ohlone College Men’s Soccer Head Coach, CYSA Instructional Staff

    When keepers dive for shots hit low and to the side, one of the biggest mistakes they make is to not get their hands low early. What this means is that when a keeper dives to his left side for a low ball, he will take a last step with his left foot to the side and forward
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  • Pressure Training and the Goal Keeper by Don Williams, USSF “A” Licensed coach – NSCAA National Diploma, California State University East Bay Asst. Coach Ohlone College Men’s Soccer Head Coach, CYSA Instructional Staff

    The main reason for pressure training is to see how a keeper does when tired. The first 30 seconds or so is to tire the keeper out and then the rest of the time is to see how the keeper can focus when extremely tired and under pressure.
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  • Goalkeeping 1 v 1 by Don Williams, USSF “A” Licensed coach – NSCAA National Diploma, California State University East Bay Asst. Coach Ohlone College Men’s Soccer Head Coach, CYSA Instructional Staff

    The one pattern I have seen recently in watching a lot of young keepers come out on breakaways is that they dive based on how close the oncoming player is to the goal and to the keeper.
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