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Soccer Training Tips: Instant Goalkeeping Strategies Anyone Can Use
by: Andre Botelho

The importance of soccer training tips for goalkeepers can be easily made out from the fact that a goalkeeper is the only player on the field who can touch the ball with both arms and hands.

Therefore, it’s the soccer skills of a goalie that set him apart in a better position, in comparison to others. But this makes a soccer coach’s job quite challenging when it comes to coaching goalkeepers.

Goalkeepers in soccer are more often than not, the first line of offence and the last line of defense, based on the playing skill. They wouldn’t mind using their body in every possible way to stop the ball or obstruct a shot from getting inside the goal. They are always geared up to go along any direction to capture the ball.

A goalie’s training for soccer can be very challenging, keeping in view their specific role requirements and their level of play. At the same time, his or her mental state should be kept in mind while teaching him various skills.

In terms of comparison, only a striker can match the skills and enthusiasm of a goalkeeper. In reality, many goalkeepers have already been great strikers at some point in their careers. You'll frequently encounter a one on one battle at various levels of competition between goalies and forwards.

One of the most important soccer training tips for a goalkeeper is to stay balanced and know the center of gravity of the body. This will have a positive effect on the game setting by way of improving a goalkeeper’s activity and the speediness of other players.

Although most soccer goalkeepers are tall and have long arms and big hands, but even if he or she is short, they usually compensate for the lack of height with good vertical and lateral mobility.

It is necessary of the coaches to recognize that goalkeepers need constant motivation no matter how good is there sense of self-worth. After the goalkeepers have done their routine warm up rounds with the team, they should then focus on performing soccer drills meant for their specific role in the team.

Goalkeepers are the leaders of the team as both their role and their personality is quite dominating. So they must be supported by the rest of the team to successfully execute their role by being placed in a vocal and demonstrative capacity.

The goalie is allowed to handle the ball only in the 18 yard box. If there is anyone other than the goalie, who gets to touch the ball, the opponent team wins a free kick. It’s a penalty shoot from "the spot" in case of a goalkeepers’ team member.

So you should now concentrate on using these soccer training tips by encouraging the goalkeeper who leads the team inside the 18 yard box, and needs appreciation of remaining teammates. Subscribe to our youth soccer coaching community that has tons of articles, newsletters, and related videos to improve your coaching skills.

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