This article was written by Sean Connors, Rush Soccer’s Global Goalkeeping Director.
In order to teach Goalkeepers how to move, they need to be put in realistic situations based on the game. Too often GKs are asked to move to a specific spot, or go through a set of cones, and then make a predetermined save.
“Touch the post then get set centrally for a low save.”
“Jump over the cone then dive to the right.”
“Be ready, I’m going to throw the ball back post for a cross.”
This sort of training creates a false sense of success and does not transfer to performance on game day. As mentioned previously the RUSH BLUE THREAD guides our Player Centered approach to development. In soccer, as in life, most things are not back or white, and common sense can’t be replaced. Exceptions aside, this will facilitate the goal of improving the technical ability of all Rush players and teach them how to utilize those skills in games.
Utilization of skills IN GAME is essential to understand. Using predetermined, or scripted training, will not give players the tools to be successful on game day.
This drill is a basic shot stopping exercise forcing the Goalkeeper to react to the shooter’s passes, touches, etc to get set and make a save. This forces the Goalkeeper to “Read – Plan – Do” and adjust with each player action to get in the best position possible to make a save. In this case the GK may have to make multiple movements (Right, left, forward, backward) based on what they see as the ball travels.
How can you create game-like situations for your Goalkeepers to learn from?
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!