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Goalkeeping session: defending the area

Tim Dittmer, FA head of coaching, delivers a goalkeeping session focusing on dealing with the high ball and defending the penalty area.

Key objectives

This session helps players to: 

  • know when and how to use the punching technique 

  • know when and how to take a high ball 

  • defend the penalty area and the goal 

  • defend a variety of crosses 

  • start a counter-attack with their distribution.

Dealing with the high ball

Defending the area

If you use this with your team, let us know how you get on by posting in the England Football Community.