Soccer Coach Kirk Mancer covers the fundamentals of goal keeping in soccer. Beginning with the goalie's position on the field and proper grip techniques, Coach progresses through all of the fundamental skills of goal keeping. This soccer video series is active demonstration in conjunction with coaching instruction so players can see the difference proper goal keeping techniques make in the success of a team. This series is great for coaches and any level of player.
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Positioning when Goal Keeping is based on the location of the soccer ball while in play on the field at any given time. The key is for the Goal Keeper to be positioned in such a way as to minimize the shooting angles of the opponent. In this soccer video, Coach demonstrates various positioning skills based on the approach of the ball.
In this segment, Goal Keepers learn the proper way to grip the soccer ball when receiving. Using a "W" and "Reverse W" grip, Coach demonstrates the proper techniques for receiving the ball, including using the ground as a "third hand" and proper diving skills to prevent injury and loss of the soccer ball.
The Goal Keeper may not always have time to catch the ball. Often he will need to deflect or punch the ball to prevent the goal. In this video, players learn the proper way to punch or deflect the ball based on the approach and the position of teammates on the field.
When the soccer ball is in the Goal Keeper's third of the field, the Goal Keeper is responsible for directing the action. Keeping the eyes on the ball and communicating the field action to teammates is essential for success. Coach also discusses "communication shortcuts" to use to keep your team on the same page during play.
Good footwork will help the Goal Keeper get to the soccer ball faster with the hope of securing the ball rather than deflecting it. Deflection saves the goal, but securing the ball keeps your team in control. Coach discusses proper footwork and demonstrates the "Kamikaze" footwork drill.
Sometimes it's hard not to watch the opponent's feet as he nears the goal with the ball. But, the Goal Keeper HAS to keep his eyes on the soccer ball instead. Staying low and focusing on the ball will ensure the Goal Keeper the best chance of preventing the score. Coach demonstrates how loss of focus can result in a goal for the opponent.
Once the Goal Keeper has made the save, his primary responsibility is distribution. Coach discusses and demonstrates two types of distribution movements. Again, going to the soccer ball instead of waiting for it at the goal line will allow the Goal Keeper to begin the offensive maneuver sooner and hopefully catch opponents off guard.
This video series of drills covers the techniques used to pass the ball on the ground so your soccer team can keep possession of the ball.
Coach Steve Holeman, head women's soccer coach at the University of Mississippi, takes us through the Header.
Melinda Smith is Assisstant Soccer Coach at the Univeristy of Mississippi in Oxford.