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There are three key stages for increasing your ability in stopping goals being scored against you. These stages are:


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In this article we deal with 'Down the line of the ball', the first stage to shot stopping! You will also need to read other articles mentioned above to complete this area of coaching.


In simple terms what you are going to do is approach the direction of the 'striker' by coming away from your goal to then 'set' so that you can make the save. This action narrows the 'target' spaces available for the ball to be put past you.


 TIP: Judgement of the distance from the ball – to close and your reaction time is reduced – to far from the ball will leave more 'target' area or gives striker opportunity to progress.


angles main imageIn other articles I cover 'Into line of the ball' & 'Angles' but firstly become comfortable and confident with this movement.


If you have asked someone to help with this exercise explain what you are doing and what you are looking to achieve. Initially you want shots directly at you in the catching zones of 'the W' &: 'the Scoop' so that you can just concentrate on your advance - to a correct 'set' - and central position of your goal. Initially work from your goal line and centre of your goal to the six yard line as these act as good visual markers. Ask the 'feeder'; who should also be centre of the goal; to correct your position if necessary. i.e. are you starting and finishing from a central position.


The exercise:


On the call come off your line towards the feeder as quickly as possible to the six yard line - Get into your 'set position' - the feeder should now distribute to correct catching zone at a pace you are comfortable at handling. Once familiar with the exercise you can then start to vary the distance you come off the line, or starting point, which will be dependent on where the ball will be struck. From there incorporate ground kicks. Later when you have covered other catching &: diving methods covered at, they can look to score. The pace of any shots to you must be based on your current ability.


Now you will need to consider other areas that will determine how good you can become with this movement.


  • Speed off your line.


  • Your height and size of goal.


  • And later - the decision to 'set' or continue through to the ball.


Target objective: If you are following the sequence of coaching sessions within you should now be looking for sessions incorporating high tempo with explosive and powerful movements. Slow practices develop slow goalkeepers while up-tempo practices will develop fast and explosive goalkeepers, but do not compromise quality for speed – you need both.


Having perfected this technique proceed to the next coaching article 'Into line of the ball' or selct from main menu.