EGK Training Drills and Techniques
 
NOTE: The number of repetitions of the drills will be based on a number of different facets: Age, fitness level and skill level. Care must be taken when deciding on the number of repetitions to be completed as too many repetitions will tire the goalkeeper and reduce the quality of the drill, and too few will not allow the goalkeeper to get the most out of the drill.
 

Crosses

General High Ball Technique

Level

Intermediate

Category

Crosses / High Balls

Description

Service delivery to near post, 6-yard box and overhead.

Organisation

  • GK1 adopts a starting position in the middle of the goal facing the halfway flag (45 degree angle)
  • GK2 stands one yard out from the by-line 6 yards from goal (RHS) acting as a server
  • GK3 stands stands one yard out from the by-line 6 yards from goal (LHS) acting as a server
  • GK2 & GK3 serve alternately throughout
  • First service ball is to land approx. 1m in from the near post
  • Second service ball is to land on the 6-yard box level with the near post
  • Third service ball is to be thrown over the head of GK1 in the furthest half of the goal (standing start)
  • Fourth service ball is to be thrown over the head of GK1 in the furthest half of the goal (sitting start)

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GK1 adopts a starting position in the middle of the goal facing the halfway flag (45 degree angle).

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GK2 stands one yard out from the by-line 6 yards from goal (LHS) acting as a server.

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GK2 serves the ball approximately 1m in from the near post and GK1 is to attack the ball and catch it at its highest point.

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GK1 completes this cycle of the drill by landing comfortably and balanced, returning the ball to GK2 (This is then repeated for the RHS).

This routine is then repeated for the remaining three sets (Both LHS/RHS):

  • Second service ball is to land on the 6-yard box level with the near post
  • Third service ball is to be thrown over the head of GK1 in the furthest half of the goal (standing start)
  • Fourth service ball is to be thrown over the head of GK1 in the furthest half of the goal (sitting start)

 

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High Ball: Near Post
High Ball: 6 Yard Box
High Ball: Far Post
High Ball: Far Post and Collapse

Coaching Points

  • GK adopts a ‘bold’ starting position off the goal line slightly off centre (further from the ball)
  • GK must always take the ball at the highest point

*This includes driving the non jumping knee upwards (attacking the ball in a forward movement), extending the arms and looking through your hands at the ball.

  • GK should jump off the appropriate leg ie; when attacking the ball in a forward movement (inside leg), when shuffling backwards for a ball overhead (furthest foot)
  • When falling after shuffling backward for a ball overhead the GK should collapse with his body between the ball and the goal

*NOTE: in some instances if the GK is quick enough he can afford to jump off two feet

Common Errors

  • GK is ‘nailed’ to the line in starting position
  • GK’s stance is too open or too square to the sideline (in a 45 degree stance he can adjust to balls delivered centrally, to near post or to far post)
  • GK’s timing is poor and therefore the highest point is not achieved (Decision speed & reaction speed are crucial)
  • GK anticipates & goes to early overrunning the ball
  • Wrong leg take off
  • Arms are bent when catching the ball
  • Head down and eyes not fixed on the ball
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