U14 Goalkeeper Guidelines

Framework for Player Development

Soccer Definitions:

-Technique/Technical: A player’s ability with the ball, a certain skill set (dribbling, passing, shooting, receiving).  
-Tactics/Tactical: Decision Making (both individual decision making and group decision making).
-Dribbling: The art of keeping the ball close to you as you run or walk.
-Receiving: Settling, stopping, or directing the ball as it comes to you.
U14 Goalkeeper
TECHNIQUE: Set position
General handling / Basic shot stopping / Catching
All heights
Step and save
Power step and save
Reaction save
Recovery save
Crosses – catching & punching
Chipped serve
Flighted serve
Driven serve
unopposed and opposed.
Side arm
All kicks
Goal kicks
Volleys & ½ Volleys
Dealing with the back pass unopposed & opposed –
– control and increase range with both feet.
TACTICS:      Communication (for each 1/3)
1v1 Principals
1v1 with the defense
Distance / Angles / Availability to support the defense
PHYSICAL:  Warm ups and cool downs
Plyometric exercises
Goalkeeping specific stretching, flexibility and mobility exercises
Footwork all directions/planting of feet for change of lateral direction
Speed – 18 yards max distance (penalty box)
Check height/weight and vertical jump 4 times per year
MENTAL:      Match and training preparation
Growth and development – diet and nutrition – lifestyle
Dealing with positive & negative assessments (praise and criticism)
Dealing with selection and tryouts with positive & negative results.
Soccer terminology