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Use Your Voice

One of the most critical aspects of any soccer player is their voice. Though, we may argue that as keepers it is essential to not only your success in goal but also your ability to progress developmentally throughout your career.

As keepers we are the quarterbacks of our squad, we see the entire pitch from the most comprehensive perspective. Your ability to appropriately organize and instruct the players in front of you will be the difference between winning and losing, picking a ball up for a goal kick or picking it up out of the net. Here are a few keys to communicating as a keeper:

Be Clear: Reinforce your demands in every training session so your players are ready during match play

Be Concise: Simple communication and the use of single words where applicable is best. While others are making active decisions, a player cannot decode complicated instructions in the moment. Simple, concise communication always results in better understanding between a keeper and his mates.

Be Demanding: Now there are many words that describe keepers but the last one you want beside your name in the locker room is NICE.

Let’s face it, soccer is an emotional game full of controlled chaos. Instead of asking politely in the 90th minute it may be better to take a more direct approach.

Remember, You Are the Quarterback, You Call the Plays!

Graham Ramsay

Graham Ramsay is the Director of Soccer Sphere, a soccer educational cum marketing company based near Washington, DC. He is also the former Director of Soccer Development for the Maryland State Soccer Association with nearly 20 years of service to the youth in that state. Graham was one of the first National Staff Coaches for US SOCCER and has written several books and numerous articles. His latest book, SOCCER FOR GIRLS has sold nearly 60,000 copies worldwide. Graham has spent extensive time traveling with soccer teams in Brazil. As well as coaching in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and across Europe. While in the USA has coached in over 30 States doing clinics, workshops to helping college teams reach the NCAA's to taking Annandale Boys Club to winning the McGuire Cup (U19 National Championship) to developing high school programs to help creating one of the finest youth programs in the USA - MSI in Montgomery County, Maryland. Graham Ramsay also runs Soccer Clinics! Click here for more information.