This article was written by Sean Connors, Rush Soccer’s Global Goalkeeping Director.
The main objective of this Goalkeeping Curriculum is to provide all Rush Clubs with the structure and framework to best teach the goalkeepers in their club. The goalkeeper position is unique within soccer and needs to be treated differently than the rest of the team. By providing goalkeepers additional and specific training outside of regular team training, clubs are making a commitment to individual improvement which will directly benefit the entire club’s success.
This curriculum gives advice about how to best coach different ages, specifically addressing physical and mental needs. When putting together GK training groups we advocate grouping players based on their ability in the goal rather than by age. Coaches still need to be aware of players’ individual needs, but grouping based on ability will push the level of the goalkeepers and encourage the development of younger talented GKs. This will also allow the club to demand specific competencies of their goalkeepers as part of their development.
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Enjoy the process of developing goalkeepers! Remember that the position will affect children differently. The weight and responsibility of being the goalkeeper can be a burden for some. The coaches must create a safe environment that allows learning and growth, and also address how to handle directly impacting the success of the team as a whole. Teach with passion and have fun!
This drill is designed to help you improve your ball control. This is a great drill to help you develop the ball control that will enable you to cut and change direction quickly. Goal: When you reach the point of being able to do whatever you want with the ball; you will have more fun playing the game.
Speed on your feet is something really important for a soccer player on and off the ball. In this work out we will challenge your speed. 7 exercises to perform as fast as you can. Are you the fastest FITTER player? Let us know! Have fun!
Rush Soccer has 11 core values. These core values are more than great words, are behaviors that we commit to and that we expect others to show as well. These are Respect, Unity, Safety, Humility, Tenacity, Empathy, Advice, Leadership, Enjoyment, Accountability, and my favorite Passion! Learn about Passion with this video and find them all in the word puzzle below!
And here we are! Last week of our program. Now is time to check how much you improved after working hard and consistently through these weeks. Go through the work out early in the week and finish strong by doing the fitness test. Let us know your results! We are looking forward to knowing how you did!
Are you ready? We are going to need your full attention! Concentrate, pay attention to the details and find the seven differences! Send us a screenshot and show us where they were! But hey! Shhhh… Don’t let the others know!