Goalkeeper defends against corner crosses aiming to catch the ball and return it quickly to a wide receiving player. Attackers can be added to put more pressure on the goalkeeper.

 Aim: To improve Goalkeeping techniques

Suitable for
: U11’s and upwards

Equipment: Marked area, cones and balls

Play is set up using one goal, one GK, one server, one wide player and 10 balls. The aim of the drill is for the server to cross the ball from a wide area or corner in to the cones area around the 6yd box. The emphasis is on the GK’s decision making, anticipating the flight and speed of the ball to come and catch the ball at its highest point. When the GK has collected the ball they must move towards the edge of the box and throw the ball towards the wide play simulating a fast break attack.

Soccer Goalkeeping Drills


  • Alternate sides so crosses come in from both the left and right wide positions.
  • Change angles of server
  • Wide player can cross balls in to coned area.
  • Drive crosses
  • Loft crosses

Coaching Points

  • Keeper to be on toes all the time
  • Communication, keep talking to the defenders and other players around the last 3rd of the pitch (KEEPER’S BALL !!!) Even at training it is good practice to shout loud for the ball
  • Anticipation & awareness
  • Footwork - agility & flexibility
  • Starting position