Goalkeeping Tips and Hints

How does your speed compare to Premier League academy players?

In a recent 442 Article, Leicester City’s strength and conditioning coach Matt Willmott was asked about the physical demands of academy football. Here are a couple of the questions, with the speed comparisons at the bottom. How big is the physical difference between Premier League and academy football? On a basic physical test – for example a

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The three things college coaches are looking for from prospective new goalkeepers

Throughout the last few months, I have been looking through a number of goalkeeping recruitment videos in the hope to find a goalkeeper for the Division 1 college I am currently working for. I have in earlier posts, talked about what makes a good goalkeeper recruitment video, but what is it that a goalkeeper coach,

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How goalkeepers can keep warm during cold temperatures

Often, with games in the New England area being played in late November, December and March, I find myself constantly having to remind goalkeepers to keep warm. This applies to practices and games and if you are the starting goalkeeper or are sitting on the bench. Goalkeepers, more than any other position, have to keep

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The perfect training area – In your back yard!

I was recently asked for advice on what should go in a goalkeeping area that was being made…. in someone’s back yard. “Wow” – I said. I immediately went into shopping list mode! The area is as big as a penalty box and this is what I came up with. Feel free to leave a

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These “Old guy” Goalkeepers still have it!

I found myself having to go in goal during the Quinnipiac indoor scrimmages this last week. It was good to get in between the sticks and after a shaky first 10 minutes in which I dusted the cob-webs off, I got back into the groove. My mind did start to wonder if I could play

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30 Day Goalkeeper Fitness Challenge

I pointed out to my goalkeepers last night that we have six weeks until the start of the season. Six weeks to get in fighting shape. I will be providing the goalkeeping knowledge and repetitions needed, but much of the fitness work needs to be done in their time.  I like targets and the Stides

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Goalkeepers dealing with injuries Pt2

In a previous article, I wrote about some of the feelings goalkeepers feel when dealing with injuries.  See here for Part 1. Here are some of the strategies that have been shown to help players with injuries. *Imagery: Visualizing one’s body healing and seeing oneself back on the playing field. *Journaling: Writing down emotional content

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Core exercises to start the new year!

Taken from ex-pupil, Tim Pitman, who now has his own Personal Training business. It doesn’t have to be hours of hard work over Christmas. Keep it short and sweet but get it done! It’s only 20 minutes of your life! Choose eight of the twelve different core exercises above and smash out a quick core

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Goalkeepers dealing with injuries Pt 1

I write this post as two goalkeepers that I am close with are dealing with the heartbreak of long term injuries. For one player, it was just before a big college showcase which he missed out, and for another, it was the start of the club season after a successful High School season and being

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The importance of rest during downtime in soccer

Albeit at different times of the year, every goalkeeper will face a period of downtime. These typically are at the end of June and to a lesser extent during a winter break, whenever that may be.   Here are six advantages of rest taken from the fitbit blog site; 1. REST PREVENTS INJURY It’s common

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