The top hand save is one of the most spectacular saves a goalkeeper can make and all goalkeepers will want to execute a save for the cameras! Usually used to gain extra reach or intercept the arc of the ball as it travels into the top corner. However it is not as complex as it looks and can be broken down into simpler steps for goalkeepers to understand.
How will this benefit a coach and their players?
The goalkeeper will be able to make saves into the corners and it allows the coach to break down the technique to then build up to making difficult saves high in the corner.
What key skills will be worked on in this session?
The step into the dive and attacking the arc of the ball. Also getting the hands to the height of the ball without flapping or risk missing the ball. Once the GK is used to bringing the hand from the opposite side the technique should be relatively straight forward. It is important that the goalkeeper has the knowledge on how to land a dive from height safely.
Which exercise is particularly key to this session?
The goalkeepers will really enjoy the final drill as they will get plenty of shots and it also allows the coach to see if the goalkeeper uses the top hand when appropriate.
Reduce the turnovers and get your team working up the field by keeping possession and building attacks by selecting the right pass.
The ?modern way? is to play out from the back. To be able to do it successfully though, you need your defenders to be comfortable on the ball when looking to pass, dribble and scan the pitch.
Develop your defenders understanding of how to channel the attackers away from danger areas to slow down attacks and isolate the opposition players.
Teach all your players how to stand up and resist the temptation to dive in. Instead jockey players and wait for the right moment to make the interception!
Drum in the defensive roles and responsibilities of your players and make sure they understand what you want from them in order to win the ball back and turn defence into attack.
Create a resolution to develop your coaching confidence by seizing the opportunity to discover new drills, turn ideas into action and seek advice from the coaching community.
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