How will this benefit a coach and their players?
The session will benefit the goalkeeper to be able to get the hands in the correct position. With a good hand position the goalkeeper will make more catches when appropriate and use the correct technique.
What key skills will be worked on in this session?
Catching the ball, although the coach can introduce concept of when it is appropriate to parry the ball eg powerful shots or stretching. The two main types of catching with the M grip for lower shots where the hands make a capital M shape and the W grip for higher shots. Whilst we are working on catching the points about the Set position are also key to ensure that the goalkeeper is balanced to deal with shots and get into a good catching position.
Is there a specific age group for this session to be aimed at? If so, what age group and why?
This session is aimed at younger, less experienced goalkeepers. However they may struggle with the catch and volley drill so get the GK to start with the ball and throw it at the server for them to volley out of the hands. However older goalkeepers should be able to volley the ball back to GK and work on their ability to play out with their feet.
Can you name an exercise which is particularly key to this session?
The two ball catch drill is an excellent drill to ensure that the GK's elbows are far away enough from the body to be able to flex back and take the power out from the shot. It also is a good one to get the GK to have the hands out in front which allows a good range of movement in the hands to go into M or W grip
We all know that goals win games in football, so in just 6 drills this easy to use session improves your team's 1v1 confidence, attacking passing and counter-attacking ability
To develop and enhance players knowledge and understanding of transition play from attack - defence, and defence - attack.
To develop and enhance players knowledge of how to keep possession effectively in all areas of the pitch in order to exploit the opposition and create goal scoring opportunities.
To develop players understanding, knowledge and application around attacking principles when the opposition are either in or out of balance.
"It is not only useful for staff who are experienced but a valuable tool for those subject staff who have to take teams."
The variety of sessions across sports - sometimes we steal session ideas from one sport and use them with another.
As we enter the business end of the competition, we take a look at the remaining eight teams and the key talking points surrounding each side.
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