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Part 2: Coaching Exercise


In order to ascertain what benefits and results are made in this session you should have conducted the ‘Peripheral Vision Test’.


With your goalkeeper in their normal ‘set position’ perform the following steps in order:


  • Eyes closed for a few seconds to a shout of open– distribute half volley from 8 yards. Do this ten times. As the eyes adjust to the light the keeper should focus on the central part of the ball. Coach’s advice - it will normally take a second for the full vision to recover from closed eyes to adjust to light.


  • As above but with head down as starting point - distribute half volley from 12 yards. Do this ten times. With the movement of the head the keeper might experience a slight delay in recovery. Coach’s advice – very slight dizziness might be experienced.


  • With the eye patch on weaker eye first, distribute ten half volleys from 12 yards. Then to stronger eye with ten half volleys. Remove eye patch for a further ten volleys but raise the pace of delivery. The purpose of the patch is to help strength the open eye.


  • Using the Vets Sport Vision Goggles distribute ten half volleys from 12-15 yards. After using the one eye for the previous set we now want to work both eyes. The Vets Sport Vision are specialised goggles with a pin prick membrane that restricts vision. The keeper will now have to focus much harder on the ball. Coaches advice – both eyes should focus on the ball, also ensure eye hand co-ordination remains solid.


When using the peripheral vision sticks you will walk around an ark 12-15 yards from the goal. Balls should be distributed by another feeder from same distance off the ground. With the keeper focusing on centre of ball, hold up a coloured stick, the colour is called by keeper and then ball is distributed. Coach’s advice – move around ark in distances of a few yards. Hesitation on the call might indicate you are outside their periphery, adjust as required. Change stick colours during the set.


You could now re-test to see if any increase in vision has resulted from this one session.