Taking the goal as a reference without getting magnetized by the ball. A session for repositioning and close shooting improvement.
Becoming disoriented, not taking the goal as a reference, or getting magnetized by the ball’s movement are some of the most common mistakes goalkeepers tend to make. Week after week, analyzing the best competitions in the world, we can observe how even top goalkeepers follow some of these behaviors. Here is a complete session to improve and minimize this behavioral pattern. The practice consists of four exercises, one for the warm-up, one for the initial part, and two for the main part of the session. These simple tasks will help us to progressively increase the difficulty in situations where the goalkeeper tends to lose the reference of the goal and become magnetized with the ball. Encouraging the acquisition of all these concepts is vital for the goalkeeper to be successful in
competition, perhaps even more than the actions on the ball.
The lack of effective training time to work specifically on goalkeeping contents is a common and very latent problem. In soccer academies, due to the large number of goalkeepers per group, as well as in professional football, due to the sessions and the competition’s demands, the goalkeeping coach is constantly exposed to this situation. As we will show throughout this article, we need to learn how to organize the sessions, how to make them more dynamic, and which technical-tactical aspects we should prioritize.
Despite this context, the goalkeeping coach must deal with it by focusing his attention on the very purpose of his profession: to try to facilitate the goalkeepers’ continuous learning.
The evolution of soccer has led to the goalkeeper’s offensive role becoming increasingly important. His function in building the game from the back is essential in order to achieve numerical superiority and attract the rivals to generate spaces through the rivals’ lines, behind their backs, etc. All these concepts are born thanks to the involvement of the goalkeeper in the team’s offensive game.
As a consequence, we must consider this work in our training sessions. Contextualizing the different situations that the goalkeeper can find is vital to understand the game itself and set up tasks that develop the actual demands. In this sense, we must include one of the most critical offensive concepts: support/assistance. Below we explain what we mean by this concept and what purpose we intend to achieve with its ability.
It is well known that in addition to direct interventions on the ball, footwork is the most numerous technical elements used quantitatively by the goalkeeper during competition. Frontal and dorsal footwork, lateral footwork, diagonal cross-step footwork, etc. But is footwork only a technical element or does it also involve tactical decision-making? In this article we propose four exercises in which we try to improve decision-making on which lateral footwork to use depending on the movement of the ball.
As goalkeeping coaches, do we design the best possible warm-up so that our goalkeepers enter the game 100% prepared? Do we cover all the sections that a complete warm-up requires, or do we simply carry out technical sequences so that the goalkeeper warms up? Below, we offer you a deeper reflection on the true usefulness of the warm-up and the orientation we are committed to in order to design a specific warm-up for our goalkeepers.
In the following article we debunk a false myth: The strength a goalkeeper is able to develop is not only a consequence of the ability of his muscles to generate tension. It also depends, almost as much, on the ability of his tendons to become rigid and store elastic-explosive energy. This concept is known as “stiffness”.
In today’s article we will go in depth in the effect and types of unstable surfaces we can find in the market. We will also give you some ideas on how to use them in order to give more context to the conditioning training of the goalkeeper.
In today’s post we give some thought to current strength training for goalkeepers and let us suggest some interesting concepts we further analyse in future articles.