Small-Sided Game for Shooting and Goalkeeping

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on dribbling, passing, shooting and goalkeeping.

Start with two goals set up 40 yards apart.  There is a keeper in each goal and 2 mannequins in the middle yards apart (if you don’t have a mannequin, corner flags, coaching sticks or, if necessary cones will work. There are 2 lines of players with balls 5 yards to the opposite side of each goal.

To start, the first player in each line dribbles at the near Continue reading

A Group Warm-Up For Goalkeepers

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today we will show a simple group warm up activity for keepers

A keeper starts in a small goal (6 yards wide).  A player starts 15 yards out with a ball and other players start on an angle in each direction (also about 15 yards out)

The keeper with the ball starts by “shooting” toward the goal (the objective isn’t to score but rather to Continue reading

Great Activity For the Goalkeeper AND the Team

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on a keeper reading the situation when the ball is on the end line.  This activity is great for keepers as well as the rest of the team.

Start with a keeper in goal, an attacking player on the end line just outside the 18, a defender 3 yards behind the player on the end line and a few attacking and defending players in the 18.

As soon as the attacker with the ball touches it, the game is live.

The attacker can dribble straight toward Continue reading

Reading the Touches On Breakaways

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on reading the touches on breakaways.

Goalkeepers tend to work on the technique and footwork for breakaways but just as important is reading the opponents touches.  Frequently the breakaway opportunity comes about real quickly.

An example of a typical way keepers might work on breakaways is to have a player start 30-40 yards out and dribble in at speed.

In this activity the keeper knows where the breakaway is Continue reading

Reading and Anticipating Shots

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on reading the game and anticipating shots.

When training keepers we frequently put them in a situation where they know a shot is coming.  In many cases, not only do they know when the shot is coming but also from where.  To allow the keeper to work on this we can play a 4 v 4 (any numbers really would work) possession game using the width of the 6 as one set of boundaries and the penalty spot to the top of the D as the other set of boundaries.  A keeper is in goal.

Whichever team has the ball must make 3 consecutive passes and at that Continue reading