In this video, originally used for our Mentor program, we follow Yale women’s goalkeeper coach, Marty Walker as he recruits players from Surf Cup in San Diego.
Takeaways from the video include:
- Marty looks at Goalkeepers two years ahead of the recruitment year
- Coaches have many players and games to watch – They are unlikely to stay for the whole game.
- Players playing for MLS teams get the attention of the coach
- The perception of the goalkeeper in warm-up is important to encourage coaches to stay and watch games
- Coaches viewing schedule is based on communication from prospective recruits prior to the tournament
- Although coaches dont just wonder the field in the hope to find someone, they may be at a game looking at someone else ( an outfield player perhaps ) and if you impress, they may inquire about you.
- The game may not allow you to shine. If you look good when not busy, the coach will make a point of seeing you in a different game.
- Marty was looking at the goalkeeper’s ability to communicate with defenders as well as show good technique, even with the easy saves.
- Distribution and starting positions are other areas in which coaches can judge your ability without even making a save.
- The Surf Cup is ideal for recruiting as it has many fields in the same area – Allowing goalkeepers to catch the eye of recruits not necessarily there to see you.
- Grades need to be as good as possible as certain grades are needed to get into schools