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 comment if you have any advice.
- A goal. The same size as what you play in
- A lined penalty area for realism and to get visual clues when training
- Balls. Lots of them for lots of repetitions
- Rebound wall to practice both kicking and control – The modern-day goalkeeper needs to be great with their feet. Control and accuracy of kick are vital.
- Ladder and cones – Again, goalkeepers need to have quick foot movements. There are so many ladder routines, one will never get bored. Read the article regarding footwork here
- A balance ball. A goalkeeper’s core strength and balance are essential. This is great for pre-activation warm-up which gets the smaller muscles firing before working the big ones which leads to fewer imbalances.
- Storage shed or box. (not shown) To keep everything tidy and to save equipment from the elements
- Bands. To improve leg strength
- Video camera & tripod – To film those practices and learn from mistakes
- Pinnies / Bibs for when your friends want to come and play for a 3 v 3 plus goalkeeper session
There are certainly no excuses for this young goalkeeper not to be the very best they can.