The Complete Goalkeeper Training Guide (Drills and Tips)

The Complete Goalkeeper Training Guide (Drills and Tips)

As the last line of defence, a lot of pressure rests on the goalkeeper’s shoulders to do everything they can to keep the ball out of the back of the net.

That’s why efficient and effective goalkeeper training is so important.

Whether it’s diving at a striker’s feet, agilely palming the ball away from the top corner of the goal, or confidently coming to claim crosses, a goalkeeper needs to be ready and prepared for whatever comes their way.

While ball-handling skills and stopping shots are a key part of a goalkeeper’s job, they also have to be calm, collected, and consistent, as well as communicate well and instil trust and confidence in their defence.

As it’s a unique role, goalkeepers have their own drills and training regime.

These focus not only on their technique and agility, but also their footwork, positioning, and distribution.

In this complete goalkeeper training guide, we’ll first look at just what exactly is expected from a goalkeeper in terms of their play and performances out on the pitch.

We’ll then move onto some goalkeeper drills and tips that can help you master this important position yourself or coach an up-and-coming goalkeeping prospect to harness their potential.

The Goalkeeper Role Explained

The keeper’s primary objective in any game is to stop the opposition and keep a cleansheet.

This involves a lot of different things such as organising the defence, making saves, and being alert to any danger that arises.

Shot stopping is a large part of this and goalkeepers need to be very agile, have quick reactions, and be able to spring into action at a moment’s notice.

For low shots, they need to be able to get down quickly while shots arcing towards the top corners demand quick footwork and great positioning, as well as tremendous leaps.

If the goalkeeper can’t hold onto a shot, then they should look to parry it away from danger or tip it behind for a corner.

In addition to dealing with any shots that come their way, goalkeepers need to be very brave when they’re called into action.

This could see them throw themselves at a striker’s feet to block a shot, come hurtling off of their line to clear a ball in behind the defence, or punch crosses and corners away while under pressure from hulking centrebacks.

To make sure they don’t concede a goal, keepers need to remain very calm and focused throughout the match and remain in constant communication with the defenders before them.

This not only helps the defence to plug gaps and prevent goalscoring opportunities from arising but also helps the goalkeeper and defenders to trust one another.

It’s the latter, however, who should command and dominate their box and know when to come and claim crosses and when to stay on their line.

While their ball-handling skills, shot-stopping, and command of their box are key, modern keepers are also expected to be good on the ball and be able to keep possession within the team.

Whether it’s throwing the ball, passing it on to a centreback, or kicking it long to a striker, a goalkeeper’s pass should find its target more often than not.

How involved a keeper is in passages of play does, however, depend on their team’s style of play and the formation they’re playing in.

With three at the back, for instance, a goalkeeper is much more likely to have to rush off their line and cover and clear any passes that get played in behind their defender.

Besides being alert to the danger, this then also means that the keeper should have a decent burst of speed to them and know how to time a tackle.

Alternatively, they may have to face a one-on-one.

In this situation, they should be quick off their line to narrow the angle and force the striker into either taking a shot or attempting to take the ball around them.

They should have great timing and know exactly when to engage the striker and when to stay on their feet. As such, decision making is also an important part of being a keeper.

As they’re the last line of defence and any mistake they make is liable to end up in a goal being conceded, goalkeepers need to be cool, calm and collected, and thrive on the pressure of making a match-winning save.

They need to have a lot of confidence, self-belief, and trust in their goalkeeper training.

This enables them to bounce back quickly from any mistakes they make and keep making important saves even when things haven’t been going their way.

As you can see, there are loads of different skills and attributes that a goalkeeper needs if they’re to make it to the very top of the game.

As always, patience, perseverance, and practice go a long way to helping players progress.

Now that we’ve looked at just what’s expected from the modern goalkeeper, let’s turn to some drills that can help you improve and master some of what we’ve touched on.

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Goalkeeper Training Drills

Whether it’s catching, punching, or parrying shots, taking up the perfect position to pull off a save or judging when to come and claim a cross, a lot goes into being a great keeper.

As it’s a unique position unlike any other on the pitch, goalkeepers need to work on different skills and have a separate goalkeeper training regime from the rest of the team.

In this section, we’re going to look at some fun but focused drills which will help you improve your shot-saving technique and ball-handling skills, as well as your footwork, agility, and reflexes.

These exercises are also great for your positioning, decision-making, and organisational skills. 

Let’s take a look!

1. Warm Up and Distribution

Before moving on to more challenging drills in training or starting a proper match, it’s always important to warm up properly.

This exercise will allow keepers to practise their handling skills, footwork, and distribution while warming up and getting ready for the training session or match to begin in earnest.

Setup:

1. Place a ladder on the ground or a line of cones if you don’t have one.

2. Perpendicular to the end of the ladder, place 2 cones around 2 metres apart. These act as a small goal and should be around 10 metres distance from the ladder.

3. While 1 static goalkeeper stands in front of the small goal, another goalkeeper lines up at the beginning of the ladder, ready to start the drill.

4. In addition, another goalkeeper, player, or coach should stand around 5 metres from the other end of the ladder with several soccer balls on hand.

How to Run the Drill: 

1. Once the coach gives the command, the goalkeeper at the beginning of the ladder should quickly run forward, taking small, sharp steps. Both feet should touch the ground in each square. Another option is for the goalkeeper to slalom from side to side, again as quickly as possible.

2. When they reach the end of the ladder, they need to gather, catch, or jump to get the ball which the player throws or kicks to them.

3. With the ball in hand, they must then turn to the other goalkeeper and attempt to roll the ball at pace between the two cones.

4. After rolling the ball, they then sprint back to the beginning of the ladder to start the drill again.

5. Once they have completed it around 5 times, they should rotate with the other goalkeeper.

Coaching Points: 

1. As this drill is used during the warm-up, the goalkeepers should progress in speed, starting slow and building up speed.

2. The goalkeepers should focus on their footwork and do small, sharp steps which will help improve their agility and speed.

3. When catching the ball, they should get their whole midriff behind it or jump with both hands to the ball before bringing it to their chest.

4. They then want to roll the ball as hard, fast, and accurately as possible along the ground and past the other keeper. This then allows them to practice their distribution for the game ahead.

2. Agility, Ball-Handling, and Footwork

With this drill, the goalkeeper is meant to nimbly make their way through a series of cones before they either catch, dive, or jump to catch the ball, depending on what you want to work on.

The idea is that they improve their footwork, ball-handling abilities, and agility; all in one drill.

Setup:

1. Set up a line of cones in front of the goal from the goal line to the 6-yard box or just beyond.

2. At the end of the cones, place either a cone, mannequin, or agility pole around 2 to 3 metres to either side of the line.

3. While one goalkeeper starts on the goal line, two other goalkeepers, players, or coaches line up around 4 or 5 metres from each mannequin with several soccer balls on hand.

How to Run the Drill:

1. The goalkeeper on the line moves between the cones as quickly as possible before darting to the outside of either of the cones/mannequins/agility poles.

2. Once they arrive here, one of the other two players drop-kicks the ball at the keeper’s chest. Alternatively, they can always pass the ball along the ground, throw it up high into the air, or toss it to either side, depending on what skill you want to work on.

3. With any of these different drills, the keeper should catch the ball and throw it back before immediately shuffling to the outside of the other cone/mannequin/agility pole where they repeat the drill.

4. They then run back towards the goal line and take up the starting position, ready to begin the drill again.

5. They should work through this drill around 10 times before they rest and rotate with one of the other keepers.

6. Once they’ve all done this a couple of times, vary it up by getting them to dive or leap for the ball or pass it back along the ground with one touch.

What to Bear in Mind:

1. To make the most of the drill, the players should work through it as quickly as possible as this mirrors game situations.

2. The goalkeepers should take quick, sharp steps when working their way through the cones and refrain from crossing their feet as this unbalances and destabilises them and will prevent them from easily leaping to either side.

3. When catching the ball, the keepers should be reminded to put their whole body behind the shot so that it doesn’t squirm past them if they don’t catch it.

3. Footwork, Reaction Time, and Shot-Stopping

A fun drill that will excite both the goalkeepers and players, this drill involves the keeper attempting to save, catch, or parry any shot that comes their way.

The idea is that after having dived to make a save, the goalkeeper should spring up as quickly as possible to stop the next shot.

This not only helps them improve their shot-stopping technique but their footwork and reaction time too.

Setup: 

1. Scatter around 10 soccer balls on the edge of the penalty area.

2. While the goalkeeper should be positioned in front of the goal, two other goalkeepers, players, or coaches should stand on the edge of the box.

How to Run the Drill:

1. To start the drill, one of the players on the edge of the box takes a shot which the goalkeeper then attempts to save.

2. Once they’ve either saved or let in the first shot, the second player should then take their shot.

3. Like this, they continue to alternate with the keeper trying to save and react to each shot as quickly as possible.

4. Once they’ve run out of soccer balls, the players collect them and line them up again. The goalkeeper can also rotate with another keeper before repeating the drill.

What to Bear in Mind:

1. With this drill, the keeper should always remain a couple of feet off of their line and position themselves in between the ball and the goal.

2. They should be encouraged to get back on their feet as quickly as possible, use the correct footwork, and try to catch and hold on to as many shots as they can.

3. The players who are shooting the ball should focus on accuracy rather than power and only just give the goalkeeper enough time to get to their shot.

4. Reaction, Agility, Footwork, and Vision

This drill sees goalkeepers react as quickly as possible to retrieve, catch, and smother a ball bouncing around the 6-yard box.

As other balls are thrown in at the same time, the keeper needs to quickly lock on to the target ball and recover it, improving their vision, agility, reaction time, and footwork all in one go.

Setup: 

1. With this exercise, the goalkeeper should line up on the goal line, facing away from the pitch, ready to turn at a moment’s notice and smother the target ball.

2. Three goalkeepers, players, or coaches stand on the 6-yard line with a soccer ball in each of their hands. One of these should be a different colour. This is the target ball.

How to Run the Drill:

1. On the coach’s command, the 3 players should throw or toss the 6 soccer balls into the area in front of the goal.

2. As soon as the coach gives the instruction, the goalkeeper should turn as quickly as possible and locate the target ball, diving to collect it amongst the other bouncing balls.

3. Once they’ve retrieved it, then the players collect the other balls and the keeper returns to their position for the drill to start again.

4. After having completed it several times, the goalkeeper should rest and rotate with another keeper before repeating the drill.

What to Bear in Mind:

1. The goalkeeper should remain light on their feet so that they can turn as quickly as possible to retrieve the target ball.

2. When diving to smother the ball, the keeper should focus on their footwork, taking small, sharp steps before flinging themselves at it.

3. While they should focus first on catching the ball, the goalkeeper needs to remember to keep their hands in the right position and cushion it when landing back to the ground.

4. On top of this, it’s a good idea to teach the goalkeeper to stay square and try and keep their body behind the ball when catching it. This means that their body will block the ball and stop it from entering the goal if they spill it.

5. Shot Stopping, Reflexes, Agility, Footwork, and Distribution

A very fun, competitive, and high-intensity drill, this exercise sees 2 goalkeepers face off and attempt to score past one another.

As they get to both kick, throw, and shoot the ball, the goalkeepers improve their distribution as well as their footwork, reflexes, and agility when it comes to saving shots.

Setup: 

1. With cones, set out a 20×15 metre grid. On the longer side, there should be a different coloured cone that marks the halfway point.

2. Along the shorter sides, set up a full-sized goal at each end.

3. In front of each goal, mark out a “goalie zone” with cones. These should be around 5 metres from the goal line.

4. Each goalkeeper should take up their position in front of a goal.

5. A good number of soccer balls should be easily available to each keeper.

How to Run the Drill:

1. To start the game, one of the goalkeepers tries to score against the other. They can throw, kick, or volley the ball but only from within their zone.

2. The other goalkeeper does everything in their power to save the shot.

3. If a goalkeeper scores, they’re allowed to take another shot. If their shot is saved, however, it’s then the other goalkeeper’s turn to try and score.

4. In this way, the game continues until either their time is up, they run out of balls, or they score a certain number of goals, depending on what rules you laid out at the start.

5. Once the game is over, the goalkeepers can rest and collect any stray balls before starting another round or rotating with any other keeper on the team.

What to Bear in Mind: 

1. The goalkeepers should stay on their toes and be ready for any type of shot that comes their way.

2. It’s best if they try and catch and hold on to the shots and keep their midriff behind it when they do so.

3. Make it fun and competitive and encourage them, but change the drill or alter the rules if it looks like it’s getting too one-sided and a keeper is getting demotivated.

6. Catching, Punching, Leaping, Timing, and Distribution

While saving shots is a large part of being a goalkeeper, coming to claim crosses bravely and confidently is equally important if you want to consistently keep clean sheets.

In this drill, keepers navigate their way around a crowded penalty area to either come and catch crosses or punch them clear.

Setup:

1. Place 3 or 4 mannequins, agility poles, or static players around the 6-yard box in front of a full-sized goal.

2. One goalkeeper stands in front of the goal, ready to start the drill.

3. Another goalkeeper, player, or coach stays outside of the penalty box on one side, ready to whip crosses in. They should have a good number of soccer balls with them.

How to Run the Drill:

1. The drill starts when one of the players out wide crosses the ball, in the air, into the box. It shouldn’t be too near or too far from the goal, rather around the edge of the 6-yard line or penalty spot.

2. When the cross is hit, the goalkeeper wants to make their way around the mannequins, judging when best to leap and catch the ball. This should be at its highest point as any lower down and a striker would likely head it in if this were a proper match.

3. Once they catch it, they throw the ball as quickly as possible out to where the player out wide is. This then helps them improve their distribution.

4. The drill is then repeated a number of times until the goalkeeper rotates with another keeper or rests and retrieves any missing balls.

5. Once the drill has been run a few times on one side, you can practice coming to claim crosses or punch them away from the opposite side.

6. To make it more challenging, you can also have a couple of strikers try to get on the end of crosses or vary up the balls into the box with low, driven, and curling crosses from different angles.

What to Bear in Mind:

1. The goalkeeper should focus on the ball while also keeping an eye out for the mannequins and any active players.

2. They need to decide quickly whether to come for the ball, catch it, punch it, or leave it.

3. Once they’ve made a decision, they need to stick to it and fully commit and be brave, decisive, and aggressive as well as time their jump to perfection.

4. When jumping to catch the ball, they should push off of one leg and keep the other in front of them as this helps protect them at corners and crosses from incoming players.

7. Jumping, Timing, and Recovery 

Reacting quickly and recovering from being out of position is another invaluable skill for a keeper.

This drill helps them to improve both of these things while also working on their jumping and timing skills.

Setup: 

1. A full-sized goal.

2. The goalkeeper starts on the 6-yard line in front of it.

3. A goalkeeper, player, or coach stands around the penalty spot with a soccer ball in their hands and a good number at their feet.

How to Run the Drill:

1. The drill starts when the player with the ball throws it up and over the goalkeeper towards the goal. The aim is for it to loop over them but drop in just below the crossbar.

2. The goalkeeper has to backpedal quickly while it’s in the air and time their jump to perfection to tip it over the bar.

3. After they’ve landed, they should get up as quickly as possible and sprint back to the 6-yard line.

4. Once they reach it, the player with the ball should again throw the ball over the goalkeeper’s head, varying where they aim it.

5. The goalkeeper should run through the drill a number of times before resting, recuperating the balls and rotating with any other keeper.

What to Bear in Mind:

1. When backpedalling, the goalkeeper shouldn’t cross their feet but should turn slightly in the direction of the ball as they go.

2. When they jump towards the ball, they should push off of the foot nearest to the goal and tip it over the bar with their closest hand. Here, they should ideally use their palm to get more power on it.

3. In addition to their footwork and jump, the goalkeeper should focus on their timing and keep their eyes on the ball at all times.

8. Bravery, Timing, Movement, and Decision-Making

While confidently coming to claim crosses, recovering quickly, and stopping shots are all crucial to keeping clean sheets, diving at a striker’s feet and defending one-on-one situations is just as key.

In this drill, the keeper increases their confidence and bravery by flinging themselves at a striker’s feet.

This also helps them improve their timing, movement, and decision-making.

Setup:

1. A full-sized goal.

2. Two lines of cones that are placed diagonally towards the goal from the corners of the penalty area and a bit beyond.

3. Two players waiting at the start of each line of cones.

4. One goalkeeper, player, or coach who stands at the penalty arc with a ball in hand and a good number more at their feet.

How to Run the Drill: 

1. The drill starts with the player with the ball volleying it from their hand at the keeper.

2. Once the keeper catches the ball, they roll it quickly to either of the other two players at the start of the line of cones.

3. This player then dribbles their way through the cones and advances on goal before attempting to score.

4. Once they get to the end of the cones, the goalkeeper can come out and try and narrow the angle and either make a save or dive at their feet.

5. After they’ve saved the shot, smothered it at their feet, or let the ball go in the goal, the drill starts again with the player at the arc volleying the next ball goalwards.

6. Repeat this drill a number of times before rotating with another goalkeeper.

7. To make it harder, allow players to shoot at any point they like while dribbling through the cones, or make it a two-on-one situation with the other player in front of the cones also joining the attack.

What to Bear in Mind:

1. The goalkeeper needs to be on their toes, ready to throw themselves at the striker’s feet.

2. They should not go to ground too quickly but focus on taking small, sharp steps to position them before the striker.

3. They need to time their approach, judge the distance to the ball, and think about narrowing the angle.

4. Once they make a decision, they need to be brave and decisive and fully commit.

5. Ideally, they should hold onto the ball and not be scared about receiving a whack from the striker.

9. Kicking, Catching, and Distribution

Kicking the ball and distributing it accurately upfield is also part of a keeper’s remit and is increasingly important in the modern game.

This drill sees goalkeepers practice their long-distance kicking and throwing as well as coming to claim high balls into the box.

Setup: 

1. A full-sized goal.

2. A goalkeeper standing a bit off of their line.

3. Another goalkeeper, player, or coach who stands near the halfway line with a good number of soccer balls at their feet.

How to Run the Drill:

1. The player with the ball at the halfway line kicks it either from the ground or from their hands high in the air into the penalty box.

2. The goalkeeper should come and claim it, jumping to catch it in the air using the proper technique.

3. With the ball in their hand, they can either overarm-throw it back to the player or kick it back as accurately as possible.

4. Repeat the drill around 10 times before rotating with another goalkeeper, resting a bit and recuperating any balls that went astray.

5. After this, change the position of the player on the halfway line so you learn to kick to different sides and areas of the pitch. The goalkeeper can also start with the balls and practice their goal kicks.

What to Bear in Mind:

1. The goalkeeper should focus on coming to claim the ball, using the right technique and judgement to catch it and bring it to their chest safely.

2. They should spring off of their strong foot with their arms raised high and keep their other knee up to protect themselves against any incoming players.

3. When throwing the ball, they should put their weak foot forward, point their weak arm in the direction they want the ball to go, and launch it with their strong arm. You don’t want it to arch and go too high and lose speed and accuracy, however, so make sure to let go of the ball at the right time so that it shoots towards its target.

4. When kicking from their hands, keepers often focus on distance and height rather than accuracy. To clear it upfield accurately and powerfully, goalkeepers should focus on their technique and make sure they gauge the right distance and power to reach their target.

5. With goal kicks, the keeper usually wants to launch it as far and as high down the pitch as possible. This means perfecting the technique for striking the ball. As such, they should lean back and to the side as they strike the ball so that it gains elevation and travels as far as possible.

10. Shot Stopping, Reflexes, and Agility 

While no keeper or team wants to give away a penalty, it does happen from time to time, and so it’s well worth practising for such an eventuality.

Besides, practising penalties is a fun way to end a training session which helps your goalkeeper to improve their shot-stopping, reflexes, and agility.

Setup: 

1. A full-sized goal.

2. A goalkeeper standing on their line.

3. A goalkeeper, player, or coach lining up to take the penalty with the ball on the penalty spot.

How to Run the Drill:

1. When the player takes the penalty, the keeper should do everything in their power to stop it from crossing over the line.

2. After the first penalty, the next penalty taker takes their shot. This gets the goalkeeper used to different shooting techniques.

3. Once all the different players have taken a penalty, the goalkeeper can rest and rotate with another keeper.

4. To make it more fun and competitive for everyone, turn the drill into a small competition between players and goalkeepers.

What to Bear in Mind:

1. The goalkeeper should keep calm and focused, have their arms out wide and bend their knees so that they can spring to either side.

2. They want to be on their toes, ready to fling themself towards the ball.

3. They should wait until the ball is struck and then attempt to dive a bit forwards but not too far as this narrows the angle.

4. Once you’ve chosen a side, you should commit fully and stretch as far as you can.

5. The keeper should look to see where the penalty taker is looking, which way their body is leaning, and where they place their foot, as this hints as to where they’ll place the ball.

6. After they make the save, they should leap to their feet as quickly as possible to deal with any rebound or smother the bouncing ball.

Now that we’ve looked at some great drills that can help you improve your goalkeeping skills, let’s now turn to some top tips that can take you to the next level.

A young goalkeeper in yellow jumping to catch the ball

Tips on How to Be a Better Goalkeeper 

While many people think that stopping shots is the most important part of a goalkeeper’s job, it’s often their footwork and positioning that determine whether they make the save with ease or not.

Beyond that, the way they communicate with their defence and command their box is just as crucial to keeping clean sheets as is their bravery, confidence, and decision-making.

As you can see, absolutely loads go into being a great goalkeeper.

With all that in mind, here are some top tips for better goalkeeper training:

1. Practice!

While it may seem obvious, it’s important to emphasise that going to training, playing as much soccer as possible, and learning all you can about the role is key to being a better keeper.

By practising constantly, you’ll hone your skills, discover new techniques, and gain invaluable experience of different scenarios that are sure to arise out on the pitch.

2. Know the Rules

Although it may again seem self-evident, knowing the rules is of the utmost importance to a goalkeeper and is possibly more important for this position than any other on the pitch.

This is because goalkeepers are the last line of defence and so any error they commit is more likely to result in a goal being scored.

As such, goalkeepers should know when they’re legally allowed to pick up the ball, how long they can hold onto it, and how to avoid giving away penalties.

3. Work on Your Decision-Making Skills

Nothing sends panic through a defence quicker than a goalkeeper who’s hesitant and doesn’t know whether to come for a ball or leave it.

Consequently, keepers should be decisive and confidently come to claim any ball or dive without a second thought at the feet of a striker.

Practising and playing as much as possible helps players to improve their decision-making.

4. Don’t Be Afraid

Goalkeepers have to be very brave and not be afraid to put their head where it hurts.

While this fearlessness comes with time and experience, it can also come about through learning how to dive and fall safely.

Knowing how to protect yourself, your face, and your body and being decisive and fully committed when going for the ball all help build your self-belief and confidence and eradicate fear and uncertainty.

5. Be Confident and Trust in Yourself

While all goalkeepers make mistakes from time to time and let in goals they wouldn’t want to, what’s important is how they respond to these setbacks.

Goalkeepers need to have incredible confidence and self-belief and this is again built on the skills and techniques you learn during training and the experience you gain in match situations.

6. Ask for Feedback and Listen to Advice

Goalkeepers can learn a lot from their coaches, teammates and other keepers.

As such, it’s well worth asking for pointers, tips, or feedback so you can incorporate new elements into your game and improve your technique and decision-making skills.

Another invaluable source is YouTube where you can watch the best goalkeepers in the world and see what they do to keep clean sheets.

Such as the following:

7. Communication Makes Your Job Easier

While a lot of emphasis gets placed on goalkeepers’ shot-stopping abilities, how they communicate with and command their defenders before them is just as important.

This is because you can direct the defenders to plug gaps and close down any danger before it arises.

This then prevents you from having to make saves or at the very least puts the attacker off so that the shot isn’t so dangerous when it reaches the goal.

8. Work on Your Positioning and Reading Opponents

The position you take up before the striker shoots goes a long way to determining how easy it is to make the save or get to the shot.

Positioning and footwork are just as important to shot-stopping as your agility and reflexes.

In addition, you can make your life much easier if you learn to read opponents and determine where they’re going to shoot before they pull the trigger.

This gives you more time to get in place and ready yourself for the strike.

9. Work on Your Distribution

While clean sheets are what goalkeepers are primarily judged on, in the modern game they’re increasingly called upon to be great with their feet and have decent distribution.

As a keeper, you should learn how to take good goal kicks, how to throw the ball accurately and powerfully, and how to keep possession within your team.

10. Have Fun!

Although there’s a lot to learn and work on if you’re to be a top goalkeeper, having fun and enjoying your soccer is key to developing and improving as both a player and person.

Playing with a smile on your face and loving every minute of being on the pitch will mean that you work hard and enjoy all the training sessions and do your best to improve as a goalkeeper.

Close-up of a soccer goalkeeper's red glove with a soccer stadium in the background

Conclusion

As it’s a very unique role, goalkeepers have a lot of different responsibilities and requirements placed on them in comparison with other players.

This means that they have their own training regime to work through which not only focuses on their shot-stopping, ball-handling, and reflexes but their footwork, positioning, and agility, too.

In addition to this, they have to be very brave, focused, and committed, command their box, and communicate clearly with their defenders if they’re to consistently keep clean sheets.

With this complete goalkeeper training guide, you can greatly improve your goalkeeping abilities through the drills and tips we outlined above.

Good luck and happy playing!

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