Goalkeeping Drills

The following soccer drills are specifically aimed at improving goalkeeping skills and goalkeeper training. The goalkeeper is often overlooked in training sessions and setting up some specific goalkeeping drills will build confidence and help the goal keeper feel valued.

Players cross the ball in high from different angles and the keeper must catch and throw the ball back. For variance, the next kick taker can be kept secret in order to develop reactions and vision.

One player takes shots at using five balls spread around the 'D'. This drill is good for shot-stopping, reactions and covering all angles of attack at the goal.

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.

The ball is crossed in at varying heights and positions and the goalkeeper competes with outfield players to catch the ball. More players can be added gradually to recreate a game situation.

Two players attack against the goalkeeper. They mix it up between passing and shooting direct and the goalkeeper must anticipate and react.

The ball is thrown high in the air and the goalkeeper must catch it above the head. This drill works well as a warm up for intercepting crosses and long passes.

The ball is fed in on the half volley towards the goalkeepers chest and they must catch safely and return the ball. A good drill for a quick warm up to get the arms and hands moving.

Two attackers alternate shooting from different sides of the goal. Keeper must use his feet to get quickly get in a good position to save the next shot.

Two players shoot from different sides of the goal aiming to force the goalkeeper to react and change sides quickly. An advancement would be to sometimes have the same player shoot twice in a row to give the goalkeeper another element to think about.

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.