Goalkeeper Technical Training

The Serious Goalkeeping Technical Training program is designed to improve all aspects of the goalkeepers technical game. Catching, diving, collecting crosses, distribution (throwing, kicking), punching, tipping, breakaways, rebound control, recovery movements, etc.

Goalkeeper - Laura Longard

Our technical program has been designed by watching and studying the top goalkeepers in the world. We have analyzed, and scrutinized every aspect of the goalkeepers technique. What works, what doesn't work. We have tried to eliminate all unnecessary movement and effort so that our goalkeepers have the fastest most effective technique possible. An economy of motion and performance.

We are concerned with the finest of details and accept nothing but perfection in terms of technical performance. Technique must constantly be trained and refined. High repetition of the techniques is of the utmost importance. We believe your technique can never be too good, and you can never work on it enough.

Serious goalkeeping is a huge advocate of the idea of "deep practice" and train our goalkeepers in such a way that they can begin to coach themselves. We try to give our goalkeepers the ability to identify when they have made a mistake and knowing how to fix it. We train them to understand the techniques, and why they work. We want are goalkeepers to constantly be improving themselves through self-coaching, whether it be playing in the yard with friends, or in the most competitive of games.

Nerf Soccer Ball

Many trainers coach technique at high speed and believe this is the way to improve performance. While we feel that this is important in some aspects, and at some point in a goalkeepers development, we believe it is more important for the goalkeeper to practice technique at a slower speed. Often a goalkeeper can hide deficiencies in their technique when performing at high speed. These deficiencies can often not be detected by the naked or untrained eye. Often a slow motion video replay is required to identify the deficiency. We believe that if a goalkeeper cannot perform a technique at the slowest speed humanly possible, then they do not understand the technique fully and cannot perform it at high speed in its most efficient, effective manner.

We also believe that the goalkeeper must be able to practice their technique in an environment free of fear and physical punishment. The goalkeeper must be able to make mistakes without the risk of injury or psychological trauma. An example of this would be our use of softer balls (nerf, volley balls, etc.) when trainining the goalkeeper how to make point blank saves and tackling. The balls can be kicked hard, but an error in technique will not result in an injury (bloody/broken nose, concussion, wind knocked out of you, etc.). The soft ball will send a message that something was done wrong, but not such a severe message that a young goalkeeper will not attempt the exercise with full committment again. Once the goalkeeper can demonstrate proper technique (full speed and slow speed) then the use of regular balls can be introduced with minimal risk of injury. Other examples would be the use of mats or sand pits to practice diving, etc.

Goalkeeper - Elizabeth Cook
Goalkeeper - Morgan Riach
Goalkeeper - Thomas Lindley
Goalkeeper - Ashleigh Bellefontaine
 
Practice does not make perfect... practice makes permanent.
If you practice something poorly, you will become really good at performing it poorly!
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Want to learn more about "deep training" and the development of talent? We recommend you purchase the new book by Daniel Coyle called "The Talent Code". A lot of the lessons learned from this book have been incorporated into our technique programs as well as many other programs run by Serious Soccer. Also available in an audio book.


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