Football Practice Set Up: Improve GK Shot Stopping - Technical (1053)

20 x 20 square (for younger age groups) with single goal, GK and coach to supply balls. Coach must work GK with a number of balls, with shots or throws side to side and centrally. Coach must also work GK high and low, ensuring variety is provided and GK is quick to feet with reactions after saves.

Player Focus

Quick feet - Eyes on the ball - Bent legs when set - Strong Glove contact - Reactions


P1: Cones to work quick feet

Cones added left, right and central for GK to perform quick feet through preparing for each shot

Touchtight Tips

GK must work on quick feet during this practice with the focus on reactions before and after save to prepare for the next ball. Depending on age and quality of player, coach can manipulate conditions to motivate individual to enjoy developing technique.
S - Space that GK has to work can be determined by the coach, with closer ball delivery giving GK less space to react
T - Time challenges for GKs can encourage speed of movement and reactions after saves especially, timed over cones could develop GK also
E - Cones for progressions adds quick feet element. Size of goal must be appropriate, and number of balls for GK very important and must be considered.
P - Individual player focus
Advanced  - More advanced players may be encouraged to progress this to holding onto the ball and distributing into a target area, e.g. goals 10/15 yards away. This could be determined by easing shots or throws into GK to work thus element. Coach can obviously increase difficulty of practice with distribution if shot stopping and quick feet are the focus.


I like this individual focus - how could we develop this distribution element?


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