Working the angles | Soccer Coach Weekly

Much of a keeper’s role is about making sure he is in the right position in relation to the ball and the goal, particularly when an attacker is bearing down on goal and ready to shoot.

What this session is about

  1. Reducing the target area an attacker has to aim at.
  2. Training keepers to use movement effectively.

What to think about

Every keeper needs to go through a mental checklist to achieve the correct positioning when an attacker runs towards him. This must include:

  • Start off the goal line.
  • Always be set to the near-post side of imaginary line that bisects the ball and the centre of the goal.
  • Move the feet with a quick, sideways skipping action when moving laterally. No crossing of the legs or jumping.
  • When in line, move towards the attacker when the ball is outside his playing distance.
  • Be balanced before the shot is taken.

Set-up

Warm up Session Developments Game Situation Warm Down
10 minutes 10 minutes 15 minutes 15 minutes 10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out an area with a goal at each end. Split your squad into two groups, positioned either side of the pitch at the halfway line. Each player has a ball.

The first player in each line dribbles towards opposite goals and shoots. He then runs behind the goal and joins the back of the other line, collecting his ball on the way.

The next player in each queue dribbles towards the other goal and shoots – this means both goalkeepers have to adjust their position and stop a shot from the other side.

Keepers at each end face an attacker, who begins his run at the halfway line and joins the other queue after collecting his ball.

Keepers at each end face an attacker, who begins his run at the halfway line and joins the other queue after collecting his ball.


Development

Use the same area as used in the previous exercise but shooters now start inside the pitch, as shown in the middle picture.

Use two servers, positioned between each keeper and the centre of the pitch.

The first player in each line exchanges passes with a server, before taking a controlling touch and shooting at goal.

The next player in each line repeats the drill but exchanges passes with the other server and shoots at the other goal.

Remember to give the keepers advice on their positioning.

Keepers have to react quickly to stop a shot from an attacker who has made a wall pass with a server.

Keepers have to react quickly to stop a shot from an attacker who has made a wall pass with a server.


Game situation

Set up an area split horizontally into three zones, as shown in the bottom picture.

Play a five-a side game (including keepers). Play 2v2 in the central area. Additionally, each team has two attacking wide players, and all four of those wide attackers stay outside the playing area.

Wide players can only keep possession for a maximum count of three and can’t tackle the wide player from the opposing team.

Attacking players in the central zone can enter the end zone of the goal they are attacking but only for rebounds off the keeper.

Any player can shoot, so long as it’s outside the end zone. Restart play when the ball goes out of bounds with a pass-in. The team that scores most goals wins.

Keepers have to contend with shots from in front and to the side and must be aware not to offer rebound chances.

Keepers have to contend with shots from in front and to the side and must be aware not to offer rebound chances.


What to call out

Tony Carr

About Tony Carr

Tony Carr is one of the most influential figures in English football. The former West Ham Academy director has brought through – from the youth team to the first team – players like Glen Johnson, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe.

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