Game-Set or Real Game Scenario Goalkeeper Training is something that not all goalkeeper coaches can provide. It’s not a factor that the coach is incompetent, bur rather him/her not having the equipment available to put the goalkeepers he’s training into that real game situation. Please note: The goalkeeper coach that claims having a large inventory of equipment is not necessary to obtain the best training results is either clueless or cheap. These are the goalkeeper coaches that you should stay away from, far away as possible!
The components of a Real Game Set Goalkeeper Training Session are maximally specific and very realistic, plus relentlessly repetitive and challenging to goalkeepers. Along with the coaches dialog on what and how to react to a certain drill, the keeper is surrounded in what he/she sees as their 18 yard box on game-day. This is something that can’t be laid out with a few cones and agility poles. You need a complete inventory of the most advanced goalkeeper equipment available!
I have been constantly asked by parents and other family members, that they are searching for “advanced goalkeeper training.” Their previous training has taught them the basics and now they are ready for something else. The reason that they all come to me is because we have the resources to accomplish just that. However it also depends on the goalkeeper and the first question I always ask my new students is: Do you enjoy training enough to focus on the more detailed things?
If they do have the desire to train in a more detailed manner then it’s a go, if not send them someplace else. You’ll know after just a couple of training sessions if the keeper is a good candidate, you’ll discover in just a few sessions that you have a future advanced goalkeeper, simply because they find enjoyment in the position, they stay focused and they follow and execute the drills to the letter.
8 out of 10 goalkeepers ages 12 to 15 when they come to my academy, they have no clue how to set up a wall, they are clueless on the numbers of players that need to be in a wall, that is something we work on even with the U9’s and grassroots keepers. We have the equipment for that, both in adult and junior size mannequins and trollies. We have the size 2 soccer balls to make the drill even more challenging for the older keepers. Everything is explained in detail, so that the keeper stores this visual information and takes it back to the game.
Where to stand in a crowded 6 yard box 9 out of 10 goalkeepers when they join my academy are clueless on this essential factor as well. We have the equipment to help them overcome this issue as well. When and how to anticipate, how to communicate with your defense in these situations. Lots of short coaching points and at the same time try to make it fun, that is a winning ingredient even on the least concentrated keepers.
I could really go on for hours explaining bit by bit, what advanced goalkeeper training is all about, but lets keep it at that. If you’re resident in Central Florida then I want to invite you to one of our Friday Academy Sessions here in Port Orange. Either you’re a soccer coach that wants to understand the highlights of goalkeeper training or if you’re a goalkeeper that wants to sharpen their skills, drop by for a free session!