Football Practices Series: Goalkeeper Handling

Area 20 x 20yds, as illustrated. GK moves over or through markers to small goal (6yd wide). Server pays ball at varying heights & speed from foot or hand using varying techniques for GK to collect, including: Volley, Half-volley, Ball bouncing in front of GK. Along ground


Duration: 20 minutes      Skill: Handling      Age Group: 9+
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Goalkeeper handling


Key Coaching Questions:
  • How quick can you move your feet?
  • Focus on your reactions to feint movement? 
  • Can you keep hold of the ball - set targets e.g. 8 out of 10?
  • How quickly can you get on your feet to distribute quickly?


Technical Detail:
  • Quick feet through cones on approach
  • Eyes on the ball and quick reactions to movement
  • Agility to react to delivery
  • Keep hold of the ball where possible
  • Reactions to distribute after save accurately.


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