Football/Soccer Session (Beginner): Academy W10 - Introduction to Goalkeeping

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Hasani McKenzie, Adult Member

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Hasani McKenzie
Name: Hasani McKenzie
City: Asheville
Country: United States of America
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Partner GK Technical Work

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Partner GK Technical Work (10 mins)

1 ball 2 players, working with partners go through the following techniques:

  • Bounce to self and catch (5 or 6 times then switch to other person)
  • Toss high to self and jump/catch (3-4 times then switch to other person)
  • Roll to partner – scoop off ground
  • Throw to partner’s chest area – catch

Coaching Points:

  • Proper hand positioning for catching (ball shape with a window inside index fingers and thumbs)
  • Elbows slightly bent for slight cushion
  • Proper scooping technique (attack the ball, lunging motion, arms close together and inside the lunging leg, back leg low)
  • Secure the ball after scoop or catch
  • Quality of rolling or throwing distribution

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Goalkeeper Wars

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Goalkeeper Wars (15 mins)

1 ball 2 players, try to place the ball through your partner’s gate

  • In seated position only about 5-6 yards apart (must roll on ground to score point)
  • Progress to bounce or roll the ball through – still seated
  • Progress to Standing: still roll or bounce through to score

Coaching Points:

  • Are you slightly in front of your line?
  • Basic collapse technique. On your side (no belly flopping)
  • Movement forward (not backward into the goal)
  • Hands behind the ball
  • Top leg up, tight core

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 2v2 Plus Goalkeeper (Large Goals) - Roll to Initiate

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2v2 Plus Goalkeeper (Large Goals) - Roll to Initiate (15 mins)

Set up one field about 25 x 30 and separate the kids into two teams. Each team sets up at one end of the field in two lines (off the field). Team A plays a ball in to team B (using a GK distribution roll technique since the session's focus in on Goalkeeping) and the first two players from each line play making a 2v2 game to large goals with goalkeepers. 

Anytime a goal is scored, the ball goes out of bounds, or the game lasts longer than 30 seconds the players on the field go off to the outside and new players begin a new game. 

The transition should be quick. After 10-12 games, make sure you switch so that both teams receive the ball to start. Rotate your Goalkeepers so that almost everyone gets a chance to practice their newly learned skills in goal.

Coaching Points:

  • Proper hand positioning for catching (ball shape with a window inside index fingers and thumbs)
  • Elbows slightly bent for slight cushion when catching
  • Proper scooping technique (attack the ball, lunging motion, arms close together and inside the lunging leg, back leg low)
  • Secure the ball after scoop or catch
  • Basic collapse technique – learned during keeper wars
  • Quality of rolling or throwing distribution

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): 4v4 + GKs

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4v4 + GKs (25 mins)

Use a 40*30 grid. Play 4v4/5v5

Encourage players to use what they have learned during the session in the game play. Make sure we praise the players when they try to implement what we worked on during the session.


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