This is the first part of a series of articles that Sean Connors, Rush Soccer’s Global Goalkeeping Director, will share with us with the main goal of helping the field coach learn about GK.
Being a great Rush Coach means coaching every player on your team to be the best player they can be. Unfortunately if you weren’t a goalkeeper during your playing days, or have had the chance to take a GK specific coaching course, it can be difficult to properly coach the goalkeeper on your team. Learn some basics below that will make your goalkeeper, and your team, better right away!
Where should the goalkeeper stand in the goal
What does it mean to “Get Set?”
The goalkeeper “Gets Set” just prior to a shot being taken.
Feet should be just beyond shoulder width, with knees slightly bent. The knees should not go beyond toes.
Hands should be facing each other as if holding an imaginary ball. Hands should be far enough away from their body that they can see them while looking at the ball. This will help get body weight forward onto toes.
Arms should be parallel to the ground.
Communicate to your goalkeeper to “see the ball, see your hands, catch the ball.”
The starting position of the hands allows the GK to react to shots high and low. By starting with hands in a catching position, they should move together toward the ball thus giving the GK the best chance to catch the ball vs blocking.
The biggest key to a goalkeeper getting set is that their feet need to be on the ground in order to react and move to where the shot goes. If they are in the air or bouncing, it will limit their ability to move and can result in allowing easy savable goals.
When the shooter gets closer, especially in a one v one situation, the GK’s hands will go lower and wider, but should still be past their knees to keep body weight forward. It is ok to have the hands apart at this point because the priority is blocking the goal and getting big, versus focusing on catching the ball.
By helping your goalkeeper stand in the correct position, and get set before each shot, the success of your goalkeeper and team will only increase!
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!