Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Goalkeeper - Positioning + Communication for SSG

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Nile Abraham

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Nile Abraham
Name: Nile Abraham
City: Cardiff
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

Organisation 

Playing area: 35 x 25 yards (5 a-side)

Players involved: 10 (2 goalkeepers)

Duration: 20 minutes (30 second break in between. Teams will swap ends so goalkeepers swap roles after first half).

Cones are placed to split the pitch into 3 zones (thirds) 

  • Cones will have different colours to represent each zone
  • Each zone will involve a different action from the goalkeeper relevent to the topic focus.
(Communication screen 1 & 2 link together, but are seperate to show difference in play).
Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Positioning

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Positioning (10 mins)

Key Focus: Goalkeeper Positioning

The goal line, penalty area and arc are marked with different colours which pairs it with a seperate third of the pitch

  •  Goal line = Orange zone (Defensive third)
  • Penalty Box outline = Yellow zone (Middle third) 
  • Arc Outline = Red xone (Attacking third)

Execution

  • This goalkeeper is tasked with positioning themselves in the relevent area based on where the ball is located.

 - Example: If the ball is within the area of the orange cones, the goalkeeper must stay on their goal line. 

  • As the game is being played, the goalkeeper is tasked with staying aware of their position both in and out of posession.
  • Aims to encourage the goalkeeper to learn sensible areas to position themselves
  • The goalkeeper can leave their postion area if they are the only player, on their team, within the defensive third to sweep the ball. However, the goalkeeper must return to their position once the ball is cleared, passed to a teammate, or if a teammate enters the defensive third.
Aims:
  • Is the goalkeeper stuttering when changing position?
  • How fast is the goalkeeper changing position?

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Communication (Attacking)

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Communication (Attacking) (10 mins)

Key Focus: Goalkeeper Communication

 

 

The 3 different thirds of the pitch is split and marked by colour coordinated cones.

  • Red cones = Defensive third

     

     

  • Yellow cones = Middle third
  • Orange cones = Attacking third

Execution

  • This goalkeeper is tasked with communicating with their teammates based upon the position of possession.

Attacking Example: If a player is driving up the field  with the ball in the middle third, but there are teammates still in the defensive third, the goalkeeper could shout "Step Up"

 

The outfielders will aim to follow the goalkeeper's guidance through their communication.

Aims:

  • Can the goalkeeper communicate with efficient timing?
  • Is the goalkeeper making the correct shouts?
  • is the goalkeeper confident when communicating?

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Communication (Defending)

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Communication (Defending) (10 mins)

Key Focus: Goalkeeper Communication

 

 

The 3 different thirds of the pitch is split and marked by colour coordinated cones.

  • Red cones = Defensive third

  • Yellow cones = Middle third
  • Orange cones = Attacking third

Execution

 

  • This goalkeeper is tasked with communicating with their teammates based upon the position of possession.

 

Defensive Example: If the Red team is in possession of the ball in the Blue team's Attacking third, then the goalkeeper could either shout "Press" or "Drop".

 

The outfielders will aim to follow the goalkeeper's guidance through their communication.

Aims:

 

  • Can the goalkeeper communicate with efficient timing?
  • Is the goalkeeper making the correct shouts?
  • is the goalkeeper confident when communicating?

 


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