By Sean Connors, Rush Soccer’s Global Goalkeeping Director.
When I ask Goalkeepers “What is your job when defending a free kick?”, I hear a lot of different answers:
Set up the wall!
Tell everyone how many players go into the wall!
Line the wall up off the post!
Make sure the tallest players go in the wall!
Get everyone marked up!
The Goalkeepers #1 job on a Free Kick is to NOT LET THE OTHER TEAM SCORE! It is a very simple job by description but more difficult in execution.
When the whistle is blown the GK must focus on the ball. Stay engaged and ready for any potential shots. Until the referee makes it clear that the ball must be restarted on their whistle, there is always a chance for a shot.
Watch the video below to see lots of quick free kicks examples:
In most of these cases the GK prioritized setting up the wall once the whistle was blown. Remember, do not leave the ball line until the referee declares the ball must restart on their whistle. In the meantime it is the teams responsibility to delay the kick and set up the wall on their own.
Basic Wall Positioning
The wall is a resource for the goalkeeper to defend a direct free kick from a dangerous, scoring distance.
The basic positioning of the wall aims to cover one side of the goal, with the goalkeeper standing from the middle to the opposite post
The Rush Way suggests using a split wall, in which one of the players (the closest to the goalkeepers side) separates himself from the wall, in order to cover the imaginary line that goes from the ball to the keeper’s post.
The Goalkeeper searches for a position that allows him to look at the ball directly in the gap that the wall presents.
The Position Of The Ball
The graph below exemplifies the incidence of the ball position over the number of players. As we said above, a shot coming from the flank is not equally dangerous to a shot coming from the penalty arc, so that affects our wall setting: The farther from the middle, the fewer players we want on the wall.
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!
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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!