Changes Of Direction


Exercise procedure

In this unit, the goalkeeper will be moving in a circle. He runs around the cone marker, all the time looking at the ball. The goal shot is made shortly before the goalkeeper reaches his position in front of the forward cone marker. It’s not easy, because the goalkeeper is coming directly from moving either in the same or opposite direction that he is running, and still needs to fend off the ball. An ideal situation would be for him to be standing still when the goal shot is made – but when does that ever happen?

Description

The goalkeeper moves around both cone markers. The goalkeeper’s eyes are always on the ball. After running around the cone marker once, the coach makes the goal shot. The goalkeeper saves the ball. Attention: this is a very intensive exercise for the goalkeeper. Be sure to plan in plenty of breaks.

Variations

- Goalkeeper runs around the cone marker twice or three times
- Goalkeeper runs around the cone marker clockwise or anticlockwise
- Goalkeeper runs around the cone marker clockwise the first time, anticlockwise the second time

Soccer coach tips

- Correct errors individually
- Push for increased speed

Organisation of the training exercise

Category: Advanced training, Children’s training, Youth training, Seniors

Minimum group size: One goalkeeper + one supporting player

Maximum group size: One goalkeeper + one supporting player

Materials required: An adequate supply of balls; two cone markers, one goal

Field size: According to group’s ability

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