Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): U18 GKs: Handling, Movement and Positioning

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Matthew Mackie, Adult Member

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Matthew Mackie
Name: Matthew Mackie
City: Portsoy
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

First week back with U18 keepers. Focus on handling/ movement efficiency and awareness around the goal. High focus on technical work to begin with progressing to increased decision making and complexity towards end with GKs facing different game-related scenarios.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Activation Arrival

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Activation Arrival (5 mins)

Set up/Organisation/Description:

  • 3 cones in triangle (3m apart)
  • Ball balanced on each cone

Instructions/Explanations:

  • Players play passing sequence 
  • Variations (1 touch, 2 touch, throwing)

Progression(s)

  • Progress to keep it up game with scores; feet only, hands only, 2 touch- 1 touch alternate, hands-feet alternate

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Activation

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Technical Activation (5 mins)

Set up/Organisation/Description:

  • Focus on vertical movement, playing with feet (1 touch) and basic handling
  • 4 cones making square (tight box 3x3 yards)


Instructions/Explanations:

  • GK starts central and move forward to recieve pass from feeder- return with 1 or 2 touches
  • GK then drops back to deeper position and receives volley from 2nd feeder
  • Repeat work both sides (4-6 reps)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Activa

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Technical Activa (5 mins)

Set up/Organisation/Description:

  • Focus on vertical movement, playing with feet (shift and play 2 touch) and basic handling 
  •  4 cones making square (tight box 3x3 yards)

Instructions/Explanations:

  • GK receives pass from central feeder, touches out of box and passes into second feeder
  • GK recovers to receive volley from central feeder
  • Repeat out both sides (4-6 reps)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Activation 3

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Technical Activation 3 (5 mins)

Set up/Organisation/Description:

  • Focus on lateral movement, hand eye coordination, balance and handling timing/ decision making
  • 4 cones making square (tight box 3x3 yards)

Instructions/Explanations:

  • Lateral movement from centre of box to side with feeder 
  • Side feeder gently throws for GK to hold and pop back with one hand (balance/ hand eye coordination)
  • GK then returns laterally to centre of box for strike from floor/ half-volley/ dipper
  • Repeat both sides (4-6 reps)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Technical Activation 4

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Technical Activation 4 (5 mins)

Set up/Organisation/Description:

  • Focus on moving to receive ball, playing with both feet and moving/ setting to dive
  • 4 cones making square (tight box 3x3 yards)

Instructions/Explanations:

  • GK starts central and moves to receive pass from yellow feeder
  • GK takes touch and plays to central feeder
  • Central feeder plays wide to first feeder who then feeds GK for low dive to the side of box

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Handling and Movement technical practice

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Handling and Movement technical practice (30 mins)

Set up/Organisation/Description:

  • 11 aside goal with central mannequin

Instructions/Explanations:

  • GK starts in front of mannequin and plays 1-2 with coach before dropping behind and then moves across for low diving save
  • GK moves across goal to deal with strike from second feeder
  • Repeat both sides

Progressions:

  • Takes volley before dropping behind mannequin (throws back to coach for high diving save) before moving across for second feed
  • Second feeder can vary feed i.e. drive to line and cut back to central feeder, play 1-2 with central feeder, play to central feeder for 1 touch finish etc (forces GK to reposition and react to the situation as it evolves)


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Handling and Movement Game-Related

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Handling and Movement Game-Related (30 mins)

Instructions/Explanations:

  • GK starts with ball and can distribute to yellow player (can move freely along horizontal line) between 25-35 yards (representing either attacking CAM or winger)
  • This play can take 3 touches to strike
  • Can play 1-2 with coach (representing back to goal striker
  • Strike can run across mannequins or in behind to create 1 on 1/ through ball (mannequins represent CB)
  • Winger can dribble to wide areas or for cutback for striker to run in


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