Summary: Constant practice with drills is the fastest way for a young goalkeeper to improve. Improving passing, handling, dealing with incoming crosses, stopping shots, and improving reaction times are some great drills to practice.
Here are a few suggested goalkeeper specific drills that will help unlock the full potential of a young player:
Improve passing range – The goal of this drill is improve the technical ability of the goalkeeper when passing over short and long The purpose is to improve the chances of starting a counter attack.
Improve handling – The only way to improve handling for a goalkeeper is practice defending multiple shots. With this drill, a server will shoot in quick succession, improving hand-eye coordination and practicing saves.
Dealing with the cross – The cross in a crowded penalty box is a nightmare for a young goalkeeper. Simulating a match-like environment will give the player the confidence to deal with similar situations in a game.
Shot stopper – The game winning save could be one of the several types of shots. This drill helps the goalkeeper train with three different types of shots, sent in by players from different
Reaction speed – A good drill to improve reaction speed involves two servers. One sends a ball to the other, who sits at the penalty position. The second server will deflect the ball in different directions, forcing the goalkeeper to adjust to last minute deflections.