Goalkeeper: Why has the Position Changed so Much?


Everything about soccer changes throughout the the past 4 decades, technically and tactically, the rules, new foul rules and now with the introduction of the Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR), things have taken a new dimension. The role of the goalkeeper has evolved more than any other role on the field and it has drastically. I’d say that in the past…

1976: My first pair of goalkeeper gloves


My first pair was branded FCS at the time it was a very popular brand, the Indian company banked it when they came out with this concept of goalkeeper gloves. Uhlsport also had a range of GK gloves at the time, but the price range was beyond any middle class families reach. So these were the “Hot-Ticket” for all keepers…

Teaching Goalkeepers how to Handle an Incompetent Referee


So what is happening? No sport suffers from the shortage of referees more than soccer. Player participation numbers rise nationally every year while referee organizations grapple with stagnation or decline, leaving youth leagues in a constant scramble to fill empty referee and linesmen slots. Just traveling with my son’s soccer team we encounter dozens of referee vacancies each week. One…

What is the Average Height for a Goalkeeper?


Unfortunately due to the average heights of goalkeepers that play pro-soccer, scouts and coaches look for players who are manly tall, unless you can show them you can reach where the tall keepers can. We don’t have control over how tall we are, it’s genetics and mother natures stuff. I was pretty lucky, both my mother and father were very…

How to identify a quality Goalkeeper Coach


Boys and girls that take goalkeeping very seriously are interested in working with a goalkeeper coach that can actually take your game to the next level. Here are FOUR key factors to look for and questions for parents and keepers to consider when you’re ready to select a goalkeeper coach to work with. 1 – First and most important:…

To be a leading goalkeeper coach you have to be “Yourself”

Goalkeepers, Youth Soccer

Coaching goalkeepers involves more than designing advanced training drills for saving free kicks or coordinating your defense. Coaching goalkeepers, especially at the youth level, involves accepting big responsibilities as you’re basically in a position of trust as mom’s and dad’s put their kids in your hands. The youth soccer coach in general is one that wears many hats. Being able…

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