U19 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.


U19 Goalkeeper
TECHNICAL:            Footwork/set position/general handling
All Dives
Collapse save / Step and save / Power step and save
Narrowing the angle
Shot stopping / catch or deflect / recovery saves
Advanced reaction saves
Unopposed & Opposed
Working with the defensive unit
Throws – all techniques
Kicks – all techniques
TACTICS:      Distance of support / Playing off your line
Recognizing pressure on and off the ball.
Decision-making - last line of defense & first line of attack
Organization of the defensive unit for transition
Organization on set plays – corners and free kicks
PHYSICAL:  Warm up/cool down
Goalkeeping specific stretching, flexibility and mobility
Footwork exercises
Recovery exercises
Agility exercises
Plyometric exercise
Weight training – low weights high reps
Speed 20 yards maximum
Check height, weight – weekly
Body fat and vertical leap – check monthly
MENTAL:      Application / Attitude
Following a coach’s game plan
Composure / Temperament / Dealing with the pressure
Criticism – internal / external
Desire / Determination/ Winning mentality
Personal goal setting — imagery