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Goalkeeper School

Starting position

This is the starting position in the goal. Keep your feet at a shoulder width position and bend the knees slightly. Also keep your arms slightly bent. Don’t stretch them out (extend them fully), that will make it harder to reach the ball.

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Follow the ball

You have to find a curve to work along in the goal where you feel comfortable. Follow the movement of the Ball with small steps, this way you can react at all times. Always keep your eyes on the ball. Use the goalposts now and then to check that you have the correct position in the goal.

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Starting position arms

Keep your arms in a relaxed position so that you can react to the ball. Use controlled movements to save the ball. Find a position in the goal where you can cover as much as possible while using small movements, whether it’s a hand or a foot.

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Saving high shots

Use your standing leg to push off towards the far corner. Keep your eyes open and react to the ball. It’s the push off, and your position in the goal, that will determine if you save the ball.

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Low shots

Take a step away from the corner that you want to practice. It will force you to push off with the standing leg. By doing so, you will train your technique and your push off. It’s the power of the push off that gives you the speed to reach the corner. Don’t forget to bring your arm down to cover over the foot.

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Combination exercise

This is an exercise to increase the speed of your movements in the goal, with one high and one low shot.

Try to make the movements as small as possible and keep your eyes on the ball.

It’s important to train with the right technique, don’t take any shortcuts!

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Long pass

Take a couple of steps to the far side to get a better angle. Try to play the ball over the defender so that your team mate can run into it.

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Shots from the wing

One option to save a shot from a wing player, is to leave a space between yourself and the first goalpost and then close this gap.

Another option is to leave the far corner open, and using small steps move with the wing player and then close the gap.

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Line player

It’s often important to move quickly towards the pivot to cut of the angle. To train this you can use two pivots. It’s important to move quickly towards the first pivot, then back to the starting point and then to explode towards the second pivot.

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High one hand save

By placing himself in the right angle towards the shooter, the goalkeeper can cover large parts of the goal.

In this video we can se how the goalkeeper with the help from a high arm position, parries shots aimed at the top corners, with the help of one-hand saves.

The primary objective is to steer the ball outside the goal, but it's optimal to angle the ball down on the floor and thereby be able to quickly throw the ball to counter attacking teammates.

The save requires strong shoulders, elbows, wrists and a very good feeling for positioning.

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Far corner save

In this video we can see the wingman launching his shot and the goalkeeper is trying to make him aim for the far corner.

The goalkeeper is very offensive and adjusts his position by several small movements. When the shot is finally launched, the goalkeeper blocks the far corner with both his arms and left leg.

Please note that this is executed with full force and in an explosive way.

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Save with trailing arm

As always, during penalty throw it is a battle between the goalkeepers experience and that of the shooters. In this video the goalkeeper wants the shooter to aim to his right side. 

He leads the shooter on by making a movement with his left leg just before the shot is launched, and the shooter walks right into the trap.

The shot is launched on the side of the goalkeeper that should be exposed, but the goalkeepers trailing arm becomes an unpleasent surprise for the shooter.

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Save with a supporting leg

Through a broad stance, small movements with his left foot and keeping the right foot on the floor, the goalkeeper signals to the shooter that a shot between the legs could be a favourable choice.

The Shooter walks right into the trap and launches his shot right where the goalkeeper wants him to shoot. By moving his supporting leg sideways the goalkeeper effectively shuts the gap and the penalty shot is saved.

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