Provide realistic and relevant practices
Just like with outfield players, goalkeepers need to experience practices that are realistic to the game. The more they take part in these activities, the more effective they’ll become.
Think of it this way. The game is an exam. To help players revise for it, look at where they need support and create sessions which put them in those scenarios. For example, if they struggle to make a save in a 1v1 scenario, they need to work on it.
In this instance, having loads of opportunities to face 1v1s in an activity like our getting in behind to score practice will help.
Praise intent over the outcome
When observing your goalkeepers, praise their intent over the execution of an action. Sure, they may concede a goal or give the ball away. But if they’re constantly trying the right thing, praise them for giving it a go. This positive feedback will encourage them to try again and build their confidence. And that’s more important than focusing on the outcome, especially when working with young players.
Here, Anthony and Sam talk about:
- the importance of coaches supporting goalkeepers when they make mistakes
- how to help keepers improve their ability on the ball
- praising the intent over the outcome.