Ladies and gentlemen. This is a draft article. I will be updating this but wanted to get something down for readers of my goalkeeping newsletter.
What should be in a good goalkeeping evaluation?
1 ) Be catered to different age groups
2) Contain aspects from the four pillars of soccer. Technical, Tactical, Physical & Psychological
3) Technical elements should cover age related work done but should cover the goalkeeping aspects of Shot stopping, Angles and positioning, High Balls / Crosses, Diving at feet & Distribution.
4) An evaluation should take into account game play. This can come from first hand observations, feedback from the coach or by filling in the match analysis forms.
5) Provide the parent / player with and explanation sheet with the terminology and what it means. Not everyone know what the ” Three goal situation” or “imperfect world” is
6) This explanation sheet should also set expectations. – 5 out of 5 on all areas would have your goalkeeper playing on the national squad.
7) Provide areas of improvement. – This means areas that the goalkeeper can do something to improve. If a goalkeeper gets a 2 out of 5 for “Height” there is not much that can be done.
8 ) Follow up with an action plan allowing the goalkeeper to implement any exercises or drills needed to improve in any particular aspect of their game.