The Keeper

​The Keeper

The keeper is the last line of defense.

The keeper has to be a great motivational team leader. It takes good mental and physical strength to play a 90 minute game while organizing the defense and setting the tone for the game.

The difference between winning and losing the game often lies with the keeper.

This is a checklist of some of our hard work and training you will complete. Before you become a goalkeeper, you must learn the rules and regulations of the game. This checklist will give you an idea of what to expect as you train to become a keeper and become mentally and physically strong to play this amazing game of soccer. Always have fun.

Techniques

Scooping

Ground balls at the 'keeper​

Ground balls to either side​

Catching​

Catching below stomach height​

Catching at stomach / chest height​

Overhand catching​

Overhand catching under pressure​

Falling / Diving

Simple falling

Footwork leading to dive

Diving for low shots

Power diving - high shots

Forward diving

Boxing

Two fisted to change direction

One fisted to change direction

One fisted to keep direction

Boxing under pressure

Deflecting

With one hand around post

With one hand over cross - bar

With two hands

Breakaways

Sliding at opponent

Holding a long barrier

Throwing body to block shot

Soccer Playing Skill

Play outside of penalty area (generally)

Heading

Playing to a teammate

Distribution & Attacking

Throwing

Bowling

Side arm sling

Overhand “baseball” throw

Kicking out of hand

Volleyball

Drop-kick

Goal kicks and free kicks

Short range

Long range

Tactics

Positioning / Angle play

In the goal - on the goal

Outside the goal area

Reading the Game

In the goal - immediate danger

Outside of goal area - 2nd Danger

Outside of penalty area

Breakaways

1 v 1 duels

Penalty Kicks

Endurance and general fitness

Speed

Flexibility

Agility

General strength and power

Vertical jump and jumping strength

Kinesthetic sense

Specific endurance

Physical Dimension

Kicking Power

Boxing Power

Throwing strength

Coordination (general)

Timing and judgement

Reaction / reflexes

Psychological Dimension

Motivation

Concentration

Mental toughness

Confidence

Decision ability

Courage

Leadership

Determination

Knowledge of laws

Behavior Coach-ability

Sportsmanship

Helpfulness / cooperation

Care of equipment (own/others)

Attitude towards training

Interests in further challenges

Behavior towards teammates

Behavior towards staff

Potential

High School Varsity

College level (indicate division)

Pro prospect

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