A number of cones or obstacles are placed in the penalty area. Striker shoots hoping to get a deflection which will force the keeper to react.

Aim: To improve Goalkeeping techniques

Suitable for: U7’s and upwards

Equipment: Marked area, cones and balls

Organisation:  Play is set up as in diagram using one goal, one GK, two servers, 10 balls and cones randomly placed in or around the 6yd box. The aim of the drill is for the servers (midfielders or forwards) to shoot at the goal along the ground trying to hit a cone on the way, this will obviously deflect the ball in a different direction. Players shoot alternatively from either side giving the keeper time to set themselves in between each shot.

Soccer Goalkeeping Drills


  • Increase tempo of shots
  • Increase / decrease distances between servers, cones and GK.

Coaching Points

  • Keeper to be on toes all the time
  • Anticipation & awareness
  • Agility & flexibility
  • Stance - bend the knees to lower the body, head and shoulders up straight. The legs are now loaded like springs for quicker reaction to low or high shots
  • Decision making regarding the positioning of the hands / arms. Elbows tucked in with hands up or hand low.