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Timing and Components of a GK Warm-Up
It is important that the GK has sufficient time warming up through GK-specific exercises. Similar to the effort and time put in to effectively warm-up the players with off and on the ball warm-ups, the GK must have adequate time on the ball with conditions that can be expected in the game. GK off-the-ball warm-up can be with the team.
The perspective of the server for the GK warm-up has to be with the GK needs in mind. Whether the service be done by a coach, parent, or teammate, the objective is not to try and score on the GK, but to prepare them for the game. If you have two keepers, they can warm-up each other or have a server with the GK rotating after each set of exercise.
Warming up away from the goal
A GK-specific warm-up has a significant mental component that can be comparible to the likes of a hockey goalie warm-up. A large portion of the warm-up is repetition of core GK technique whilst building confidence with the GK. By having the majority of the warm-up away from the goal, any lack of quality with service or GK technique will not result in repetition of the GK picking the ball out of the back of the net. Furthermore, this method will also reduce the wear of the area around the goal prior to the game if conditions are not the best.
Simplicity of the Warm-up
There are numerous varieties of a GK warm-up. Professional GKs will have their own warm-up that is tailored to their specific needs. One common approach to warm-ups I have observed or been a part of is the simplicity of it. Rarely do you see cones/hurdles in a GK warm-up. There are none in a game, so why warm-up with them? This warm-up consists of the exercises done and constructed by West Ham United when I was there with Robert Green. Have 2 cones or whatever can be used to designate somewhat of a goal, 4 yards apart.