What goalkeeper training is appropriate for youth players, especially 6-10 yr old's?
Whichever option the coach chooses should be kept very basic. It is a bonus if you have access to a coach who has trained goalkeepers.
This program is a complete outline for goalkeepers of all ages. Young players at this age should continue to develop their foot skills so they can become well rounded players.
Here a few tips to help...
There is one danger in making a kid a goalkeeper too early. The kid might change his or her mind and want to be a field player. So, cross training is important - plus kids need to be good with their feet to play in goal anyway.
Catching the soccer ball
The "W" formation is basic way a goalkeeper catches a ball. This catch helps the player get their hands behind the ball so it does not go through the hands.
Staying on your feet
Diving and rolling
These are good techniques to learn when teaching young goalkeepers.
Punting can be interesting at this age because young players need to get the technique down to be effective.
The young keeper will bounce the ball on the ground and when the ball pops back up the player uses the "W" to catch the ball. The keeper should make the ball stick to his or her hands. Repeat until the kid is comfortable with the skill.
Play this fun diving game with your players in goalkeeper training...
Teach the kids distribute the soccer ball...
Punting - kicking practice
The player will hold the ball in both hands and let it drop and step and plants the non-kicking foot when the ball gets to its lowest point the player swings the leg and kicks the ball.
Coaching tip: Remember toe down and ankle locked.
Game: Goalkeepers stand on the goal line and punt the ball into the net...easy way to practice kicking technique.
Learn more on striking the ball during goalkeeper training so young players can hit goal kicks.
Throwing the soccer ball
I try to have my young goalkeepers roll the soccer ball to open players so the ball is easy to control. This can be accomplished in the small sided games and helps field players because they have to learn to get open and take a touch and play soccer. I just institute a no punting rule for the young soccer goalkeepers so they have to work on distribution.
Check out this video on soccer diving basics!
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