Drill: Sweeper Keeper
To develop a goalkeepers communication and positioning skills in a functional exercise and in relation to the defenders position and the position of the ball.
- Area half a pitch
- Full sized goal
- Servers on two cones 45 meters out and 30 meters apart.
- Servers with a supply of balls
- Goalkeeper and back four against 4 attackers
GK and back four play against 4 forwards, two wide players and two central strikers. There are two servers situated about 45 meters from goal and 30 - 40 meters apart. Ball is played across the pitch between two servers. Goalkeeper and back 4 move as a unit as the ball is transferred. Ball is then passed from a server to a wide player. Nearest defender pressures the ball, rest of back 4 and GK adopt covering positions. Ball is played back to server, back 4 and GK communicate and squeeze the play. Server switches the ball to the oppositewide player. Back 4 drop and fullback pressures the ball. The rest of the back 4 and G.K. adopt covering positions. Ball is passed inside to central forward, central defender pressures the ball, rest of the back four and G.K adjust and adopt a covering position
- Start position in relation to the ball and the defenders
- Move backwards and forwards and side to side with defenders
- Keep in the middle of the goal
- Good communication with defenders, use key phrases "get tight" "cover" "drop off" "right or left shoulder"
Bring in midfield players to make an 8 v 8 session
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GK ball control and distribution from back passes
To improve the ability of the goalkeeper to control and accurately distribute back passes.
Improve long throwing and taking crosses
To improve the technique of long accurate throws and the start position, timing of jumping and technique of catching the ball. The goalkeeper should look to distribute accurately and quickly in the opposite direction of the cross.
Improving underarm throwing and ground saves
To develop the techniques of the underarm throw and saving ground shots close to the body
Battle of goalkeepers
To improve goalkeepers throwing technique and handling
Shot saving techniques for balls that are set back
To improve the technique of moving the feet and using different saving techniques for shots from balls that are set back to a striker
Goalkeeper home page
Introduction to the goalkeeping section
GK position ball 30 meters central
Demonstrates to position GK should adopt when ball is central 30 meters from goal
GK position ball central and 45 meters from goal
GK and back position when ball is central 45 meters from goal
GK position ball wide and 30 meters from goal
Start position for GK when ball is wide 30 meters away
GK position ball wide and 45 meters from goal
Position to adopt for deep crossing positions