Using Video To Improve Goalkeeper Training Sessions
November 23, 2021
This article was written by Sean Connors, Rush Soccer’s Global Goalkeeping Director.
In a world where video is now everywhere, video should be a part of Goalkeeper training to improve feedback and learning!
In this podcast I was joined by Jay Cooney; Philadelphia Union; Director of Video Analysis and former Goalkeeper Coach at the University of Stanford, NWSL, and WUSA teams.
“I used to use the other goalkeepers to teach. You watching my video of what I was doing wrong helped you more than watching yourself. Have them dissect the problem themselves of the other goalkeepers. At times they can learn more from each other than they could from me.”
Using iPhones, or iPads can provide immediate resource and proof of what is exactly happening on the field to GKs of all ages. A simple set up using a tripod and a device (camera, iPhone, iPad) mirrors what is being used at the highest levels of soccer when recording Goalkeepers. Having a camera eye level gives a real view and replicates what GKs are seeing during live action. By using an iPad it provides a great screen to be referenced right there at the field in the moment it happens.
“The video of a training session for goalkeepers has to be reviewed within twelve hours. It’s more impactful if it is right there on the field”, Jay specified.
Too often coaches will film training or games and the video is only seen by the coach! If the film never leaves your computer and the feedback doesn’t make it into the head of the goalkeeper, what’s the point! The objective of taking film is to help provide feedback and improve the play of the goalkeeper. They are the focus on the process.
For more in-depth thoughts on using video in training and maximizing the effectiveness, enjoy the Podcast with Sean Connors; Rush Soccer Global Goalkeeping Director and Jay Cooney; Philadelphia Union; Director of Video Analysis!
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