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Young goalkeeper catches the ball
SESSION

Goalkeeping session: the basics

Former FA national goalkeeper coach, Simon Smith, drills us on practices for beginner goalkeepers.

This session helps players to: 

  • work on handling, footwork, positioning 

  • establish a variety of effective saving techniques 

  • practise distribution. 

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Warm up

Shot-stopping 1

Shot-stopping 2

If your players master these activities – or find them too hard – try adding a progression. You could even set individual challenges for players who are forging ahead.   

But remember, learning takes time. So don’t alter your practice too quickly – or too much. Try using the STEP framework (Youth Sports Trust, 2002). This helps keep things fun, engaging and appropriate.  

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