What is the session about?
This session works on the goalkeeper hand position and showing the goalkeeper the correct technique. In the session we are mostly concentrating on the W grip which is used mostly for high catches or when the ball is outside the line of the body of the goalkeeper.
How will this benefit a coach and their players?
The session allows the coach to check the hand position of the goalkeepers. Getting the hands to work together is a common fault of younger goalkeepers. If goalkeepers work on this technique they are more likely to catch more balls rather than parrying the ball into dangerous areas.
What key skills will be worked on in this session?
The session works on receiving the ball into hands mostly in line with the GK?s body. We work on the W grip catching technique but also briefly look at the M grip or scooping the ball up from a low shot around the body.
Is there a specific age group for this session to be aimed at? If so, what age group and why?
The session is aimed at younger goalkeepers and to work on the fundamentals of goalkeeping and catching.
Can you name an exercise which is particularly key to this session?
The drill where the goalkeeper is working from their knees is a good way of isolating the correct position of the hands when in the set position. Although this is a static drill you can see if the elbows are away from the body to act as a shock absorber. It also allows the coach to get up close and analyse what is happening to the goalkeepers hands when the ball impacts their gloves.
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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