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Goalkeeper Handling

The session works on the goalkeeper's hand position to promote a clean and effective catch. We also look at the position of the goalkeeper in relation to the ball and the server.

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  • Set up 3 service points around the goal. Make sure one is central and two others either side
  • One GK working. Servers should take it in turns to drill the ball from the floor to the working GK.
  • GK saves/catches the ball and returns it to where the kick came from.
  • GK returns quickly to set position for the next shot.
  • Good for outfield players to work at striking the ball at the target too.

Coaching points

  • GK should be in line with the server when ball is kicked.
  • GK should have weight forward and on their toes when in the set position.
  • GK to dive facing out and forward. Adjust hands to flight of the ball.
  • Dive with nearest hand.
  • GK to move feet before going into the dive if required and not dive straight from the set position as this will limit how much of the goal is covered.

Drill tags: shooting, goalkeeping, catching, diving, save

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