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Build the timing and courage of your youth goalkeeper with the Breakaway Alley goalkeeper drill. The goalkeepers range in age from 10 -12. Youth goalkeepers love the game since it is a controlled goalkeeper breakaway drill that is fun and challenging way to instill proper low ball diving techniques, timing, and courage with breakaway saves.
Attacking team: 1 point for every goalkeeper they pass.
Goalkeeper team: Switch after a set number of saves.
Keep track of the number of times each team stops the attack as well as points. Switch after the team that is goalkeeping stops the attack a specified number of times. I typically do 12-15. Switch teams from attack to goalkeeping. Obviously the goalkeepers in front will receive more action. Move different goalkeepers up front. Repeat to build confidence and proper technique. Let the goalkeepers try the technique out and challenge themselves before stopping. The coaching points that you see in the video are over a 25 minute progression. Contact keeperstop.com with any goalkeeper training questions or for a goalkeeper clinic near you.
Here are the focus areas of the session:
Start from knees – helps the youth goalkeeper to concentrate on a few body mechanics at a time.
Ready position with slight bend on the back
Hands in front of body elbows slightly bent
Drive hands and head to the ball to attack the ball
Hands and arm create a window to protect the face
Goalkeepers drive to the ball landing on their side
Counter balance leg (top leg) into the chest area but doesn’t go past 90 degrees for momentum and to protect the goalkeepers stomach.
From the feet: More challenging since it is a longer way from the ball and it is combining the coordination of upper and lower body.
Same Points as above
Lower hand position wider than legs out in front of the body to be ready for a close range low shot.
Stay up as long as possible.
Step low into the inside leg closest to the ball. Drive hands and body to the ball. Watch that the ball doesn’t go under the goalkeeper.
Important to focus on the hand and arm positioning to make sure the goalkeepers face is protected from a foot or the ball.
Be courageous. Trust the technique to protect your body and the goal.