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I utilize a
footwork grid to warm the legs up before stretching. Begin at an easy relaxed
pace. The final time through should be at approximately 90% of full speed. The
goal keeper should have broken a sweat by the time we finish with the last
repetition of this exercise.
The toes of both feet should always be pointed down the field and never angled towards the sidelines or in any other direction. Watch a goalkeeper perform the footwork grid outlined below. When the feet stray from being directly down the field the hips follow. This effective shuts the goalkeeper off from a significant portion of the field by increasing the movement required to change directions. It can also narrow the goalkeepers field of vision opening an area of greater vulnerability on the weakside.
With the palms out.
In a good defensive stance, goalkeeper "ready position".
In an 8 yd x 8
- Left lateral shuffle
- Right drop step into diagonal
- Right over left crossovers
- Right lateral shuffle
- Left drop step into diagonal
- Left over right crossovers
- Left forward shuffle
- Back pedal
- Right forward Shuffle
- Back pedal
- Shuffle arc right to left
- Shuffle arc left to right.
should be paid to the athlete using the correct foot to plant on and
explosively change directions from. Plant hard on the left foot to explode to
the right. Plant hard on the right foot to explode to the left. A primary focus is on economy and efficiency of movement.
Service can be added on forward movements. Ground balls, bouncing balls, driven balls, flighted balls.
Collapse dives can be added to diagonally forward movements. Begin with a stationary ball and progress to service.
*It is extremely important to remember quality of repetition is of far more importance than quantity or repetition. We are striving for TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE.