A soccer goalkeeper plays a critical role. He/she requires excellent skills and a great athletic ability. Often, many young football clubs will underestimate the need to train their young player’s important goalkeeping skills. I remember when my son was new to surfing and how the trainer insisted that we only get him the best beginner surfboards so that he can learn the essential skills from the beginning. I realized that it is important that these young kids are taught the most valuable skills when they are getting started for success in every sport they are interested in.
Although sometimes some of the trainers may lack the necessary skills to train these young ones, training goalkeepers on the fundamental skills they need to be successful while young should be a primary objective in the success of any team.
Here are some things to remember when training youngsters to help them prosper in their role as a goalkeeper.
Every young goalkeeper should be taught proper footwork. A goalkeeper should endeavor to be light on their toes and move swiftly in their goal area. Good footwork assists a goalkeeper to attack the ball properly and protect their goal well.
You don’t need perfect ball skills with your feet; however, you should be in a position to receive, pass and on the ball with exactness.
This is vital as your players should be in a position to give the ball back to you when under pressure.
Knowing how to cut angles is a necessary skill to learn for every young goalkeeper. For instance, in a case situation where a goalie should stop an oncoming attacker, natural movements such as rushing to meet the attack and making use of momentum and footwork will assist in closing off the attacker’s chances to score goals.
Diving is an important skill for every goalkeeper. As a goalkeeper, you should aim to land on your side and grip the ball fast into your stomach.
Do not dive head first, rather, perform the dive from the side so as to protect your head.
The problem with diving with the head first is that your opponent can kick your head rather than the ball which may cause a grave injury.
One thing that most goalkeepers forget is talking with their teammates. Being vocal is an essential skill during a soccer game.
When you communicate, you make it easier for your teammates to mark the opposition. This is vital because if your opponents are not marked, they can do what they want. Remember your teammates will not be able to see the entire field while you are better placed. This is vital because you can let them know what opponents to mark.
Do not shout at them when they make mistakes. Rather, encourage them even when such an error leads to a score from the other team. Communication is an important life skill, something a young goalkeeper can make use of in their daily lives.
One of the critical aspects of all goalies is having quick reflexes. Reflexes is not a skill that comes on its own, you will have to regularly practice it to be perfect.
Proficient goalkeepers will work extra hard to improve their reflexes and if you’d like to be one of them, you need to give your best to be better.
The best way to get good reflexes is to play as indoor soccer goalkeeper or play in a handball team.
These skills are very important for the young goalkeeper to make use of for goalkeeping success. There is a lot more you will come across as a goal keeper, but the above skills rank high.