The following drills are designed to aid the development of goalkeepers in all areas, including footwork, shot stopping and distribution. As well as this, all exercises have been designed in order to offer some form of progression, allowing keepers to test their skills and development throughout.
Exercise 1 – Footwork
Due to this being one of the most overlooked areas in the development of a goalkeeper, this footwork drill is designed to get players moving dynamically in a variety of directions, mimicking in-game scenarios in the process, whether it be a backpass or a drilled shot. Requiring both a goalkeeper and another individual:
Exercise 2 – Diving
A fingertip save is undoubtedly one of the highlights for any goalkeeper, however they generally not possible unless an athletic dive is also carried out. As a result, this drill enables keepers to improve their agility and diving ability at the same time, with the simplicity of the exercise making it perfect for all ages and abilities, again requiring two players.
Exercise 3 – Reactions
This drill is a firm favourite among both goalkeepers and coaches, with it testing both handling and reactions. Keeping the ball out of the net is one thing, however it has become increasingly important to try and hold onto the ball too, with strikers constantly looking to profit from any rebounds.
Exercise 4 – Distribution
The best goalkeepers in the world now have the passing ability of a midfielder, regularly finding their teammates with both short and long-distance passes, whether it be on the ground or from a throw. This exercise is perfect for those looking to improve in this area of the game, with four players required in total.
Technology is used in abundance by professional clubs, however there are now a number of options available to grassroots and youth coaches in this area, with taking advantage of such advances in the game allowing you to enhance the development of players.