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Goalkeeper Low Dives Close to the Body

Create goalkeepers with the confidence to save low shots, close to the body and to think of the next save with this technical session.

Preview Plan



  • Goalkeeper Taps bouncing ball with furthest hand then makes a save from a shot with nearest hand
  • Introduce cone as a target area to focus the server and a cone can be introduced to get the goalkeeper to dive forward


  • Make sure goalkeeper pats the ball away with the palm
  • Transfer weight onto foot nearest the ball
  • Get down low early and ball to the same height as the ball.
  • Get full palm on the ball thumb pointing to the sky
  • Bring trailing arm over to secure the ball
  • Introduce safe parry zones if ball cannot be held

Coaching points

  • If goalkeeper is repeatedly diving on stomach use a small ball and get the goalkeeper to keep in trailing hand to prevent over rotation.
  • Add a cone slightly forward of the GK's feet to promote a foward diving motion
  • The closer the ball is to the body GK may need to have hands further in front


  • Bring in players to finish any parried shots
  • Attacker cannot enter safe zones
  • Vary service and introduce bouncing shots

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