As goalkeeper coaches we study hard for our licenses constantly referring to the manuals produced by our ‘football associations’ and the many other sources available to offer that expertise to those goalkeepers we coach, but how do we use this knowledge or adapt it to our coaching programmes.


Top league club coaches will have the facilities, equipment and support available to conduct specialised coaching from basic to advance sessions, plus the assistance of other professionals to insure that their goalkeepers maintain their fitness and health; most other coaches will have to work with limited resources or basic equipment. That does not mean we cannot offer more specialised sessions or technics to develop your goalkeepers abilities.


Many tutorials of sets or sessions are available and easy to follow; we will all use these time and time again. What I would now ask you to consider is other factors that could help a goalkeeper improve. Sessions I have either experienced as a goalkeeper or watched as a coach (and sadly they included club professionals or ex- keepers) could best be described as ‘same old – same old’. Of course we have to continuously do the basics to hone skills but there is so much more to being a goalkeeper than catching, jumping or diving; and there is certainly more to being a coach than just teaching them those skills. My coaching role and responsibility is to produce good all round goalkeepers and to offer them coaching in many other facets that they will need or help them become that good goalkeeper. In most cases it is the knowledge or exercise that I perform that produces those results rather than expensive equipment or other resources.


parachutesaqThe manuals are an excellent guideline but they are not the complete answer. I studied other sports to see what I could bring from them into my14 468 702 90 goalkeeper coaching. My other focus was to learn methods that improved areas such as strength, agility and awareness. We know a goalkeeper needs good hands, strong wrists, balance, good reflexes to name a few, so what areas could I incorporate into sessions that helped improve these. I had to think outside of the box. Returning to my Sports Science education I developed sessions that now include areas such as: - Resistance – Proprioception – Hypertrophy - Plyometrics -Biomechnics, the list goes on! What was as important as the exercises I created from these were the education and explanation to the goalkeepers so that they clearly understood what was being achieved and where possible what they could work on outside their coaching sessions.


Finally, most coaches will only see their keepers for short periods in the week, so how are they coaching themselves for the rest of the time. Consider offering a ‘work-sheet’ they can follow on the session you have just given. Produce a simple dietary plan and daily exercise sheet that they can follow, these are easy to produce and will add to their performance. Coaching ‘outside the box’ will bring its rewards and improve the skills and performance of your keepers.Cliché coaching is ‘same old’, same old; lateral thinking in your coaching will produce better results.

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Hopefully some of the articles on this site will help add an extra dimension to what you already coach.

My motto in my coaching and company logo is ‘experience the difference’. I hope your visit to will be an experience and offers a different coaching insight. Should you as a goalkeeper or a coach decide to use any of the material contained on this site I would like to hear via askthekeeper as to the difference it made. As a coach I am always learning so would also welcome any suggestions or coaching tips you have also.


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