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Goalkeeping Program

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Goalie-Striker Wars

Valeo GK Technical Warm-Up

GK Program by Age

U10 – U12 Age Group

In this age group players should still play in multiple positions. There should be different players playing in goal as well.

OVERVIEW +

ASPECT OF GAME

AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT

DETAILS/FOCUS

Technical

Basic Handling

Basic Positioning

Basic Diving Techniques

Basic Dealing with Breakaways

Basic Dealing with Crosses

Distribution

Catching, Deflecting

Set stance, Ball line

Collapse dives, Extension dives. Form

Coming off the line, Set position

Judging, Positioning, Calling

Goal kick, Drop Kick, Bowling, Overarm

Tactical

Dealing with Back Passes

Possessing vs Relieving pressure

 

Basic Communication

Soccer Terminology: Drop, Step, Left/Right Shoulder

Fitness

Footwork, Core Strength, Speed

 

Mental

Understand Qualities of Goalkeeper, Fun Environment

 


U12 – U14 Age Group

In this age group as players mature, they will evolve into playing a certain position. Players begin to focus on a specialized position and therefore more specific training.

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ASPECT OF GAME

AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT

DETAILS/FOCUS

Technical

Intermediate Handling

Diving Techniques

Dealing with Crosses

Dealing with Breakaways

Distribution

 

Catching, Deflecting

Diving to save

Judging, Positioning, Calling, Footwork

Attacking vs Reacting

Goal kick, Drop Kick, Bowling, Overarm. Focus on Technique and Range.

Tactical

Back Pass Option

Switching point of attack,

Role of Last Man/Sweeper

 

Communication/Organization

Set Piece Organization

Fitness

Footwork, Speed, Core Strength, Power

 

Mental

Motivation, Match & Training Preparation

 


U14 – U16 Age Group

At this age it is important for players to focus on a specific position. Goalkeepers should start developing advanced goalkeeping skills and learn the role of the position. Also, it is suggested goalkeepers still participate in field player sessions to develop technical and tactical skill.

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ASPECT OF GAME

AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT

DETAILS/FOCUS

Technical

Interm - Advanced Handling

Interm - Advanced Shot Stopping

Dealing with Crosses

3 – Goal Situation

Back to Crossbar

Distribution

All techniques

Reaction, Speed, Recovery Saves

Catching vs Tipping, Floater vs Driven Cross

Defending flank attacks of different service

Recovery, Step-over technique

Side volley. Range & Accuracy

Tactical

Back Pass Option

Distance and Angle of Support to Defense

 

Organization

Back 3/Back 4 organization

 

Reading the Game

Understanding play development, Anticipating next pass

Fitness

Footwork, Speed, Core Strength, Plyometric Power, Explosiveness

 

Mental

Paying Attention to Details

Leadership on & off the field

Dealing with Success and Failure

Dealing with Competition

Lifestyle & Discipline

 


U16 and Older

This is the stage where the Goalkeepers should further advance their goalkeeping skills while also devoting plenty of attention to the tactical and fitness aspects of the game. Focus is placed on the goalkeeper’s role as last man of defense and first man of attack, as well as consistency of play.

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ASPECT OF GAME

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

DETAILS/FOCUS

Technical

Advanced Shot Stopping

Reaction, Speed, Recovery Saves

 

Dealing with Crosses

Dealing with Traffic

 

3 – Goal Situation

Advanced

 

Distribution

All techniques. Power, Accuracy

Tactical

Back Pass Option

Starting an Attack

 

Reading the Game

Understanding style of play, tempo of game

 

Organization

Knowledge of Positions

Fitness

Speed, Strengths, Agility, Power

 

Mental

Paying close attention to details

Leadership vs Mistreating

Dealing with Distractions

Confidence, Consistency, Courage

Goal setting

Ability to handle criticism