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STRIKING EAGLES SOCCER CLUB

PO Box 34,

Gilbertsville, NY 13776

E-mail rwingjr@citlink.net

 

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Breakaway Training

by Chris Ducar, SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School,     www.goalkeeper.com  

Breakaway Training

Three types to consider:

bulletWinning the free (naked) ball
bulletSmother the shot
bulletStriker control/evaluate each touch

Technical Elements/coaching points

bullet"Keeper" call
bulletStealing Ground
bulletStalking
bulletHands to the ball
bulletHead behind hands
bulletApproach to ball is hard and low
bulletSave through the ball
bulletKeep chest facing the field after save (as much as possible)
bulletQuick reload (after danger has passed) for distribution

Winning the free ball

Exercise

Two keepers, two balls Balls about 3-4 yards apart Keepers face each other with a ball on left and right

One keeper is the leader and chooses a ball to attack. The other saves the free ball. They reload and continue for X number of repetitions. This setup can be employed from the knees and feet depending on how comfortable the keeper is with the technique. Once the technique comes together, add the pressure of time ( 20-30 seconds)

The Smother

A smother occurs when the goalkeeper and the striker meet the ball at approximately the same time. This is a very difficult save as a goalkeeper must put their body at the feet of a player trying to kick the ball as hard as they can. We look to build a safe, solid technique that will allow the keeper to be successful on a high percentage basis. "Double Cobra" - Fingers together, hands bent at the wrist forming "cobra". Bottom arm (forearm/pulse) makes contact behind and in the middle of the ball. Upper arm makes contact on the upper half, pushing ball into the ground. Hands go out and around the ball preventing the ball from popping out or being pulled away from the keeper.

Exercise

Lying on side in a position with the hands to the ball in the "Double Cobra". Hands are held off of the ball and must meet the ball at the same time that the partner is striking the ball. Train X number of reps per side and switch positions. Exercise Goalkeeper starts on post, shuffles to ball that is 4 yards away on the goal line. After touching ball, keeper must attack stationary ball that is placed even with post, three yards away. Coach times the attack and kicks ball as keeper arrives. Variation: keeper forward rolls from post to center of goal, gets shape and attacks ball.

Striker is in control of ball

Keeper must evaluate the situation. Must put pressure on the forward by stealing ground and stalking. Must be set for each touch of the ball

Match related

Two lines, One goalkeeper, three waiting off field by the post. Others are at the top of the "D" with coach and a pile of balls. Coach serves ground balls, which the attacking player follows, at various speeds and angles into the box. Keeper must then come for the ball and win it breakaway style. Caution: Be sure to instruct the players in the attacking role to always jump the goalkeeper. Progress to the point where the ball served is not always to the goalkeepers advantage.

Coaching Points:

bulletDecision making
bulletAngle play
bulletCommunication
bulletCourage/confidence
 

Putting it all together

"Big Bird" Challenge or 1 v 1's for Goalkeepers

Large goals 18 yards apart, Balls in each net, 2 goalkeepers

Initially one keeper acts as striker.

bulletBall is in the center of the field and "striker" places a hand on the ball.
bulletKeeper is positioned one "big" step away from the ball.
bulletOnce the "striker" removes the hand from the ball, the game is live.
bulletStriker tries to score
bulletKeeper attempts to get possession. If keeper gains possession, he/she must place ball on ground (to show control) and then may attack opposite goal.
bulletIf striker misses, keeper gets ball at midfield
bulletIf keepers saves and it goes out of bounds, keeper gets possession
bulletIf goal is scored, keeper becomes striker
bulletGame is played until one keeper scores 3 OR With more than two keepers, play winner stays on. Team competition Can progress to 3 v 3
 
 

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