FUTURO Goalkeepers


Specific Attributes

 

A goalkeeper’s performance depends on 4 fundamental factors, the sum of which represents the
goalkeeper’s sporting performance:

 

  1. Psychological

  2. Technical

  3. Tactical

  4. Physical


A goalkeeper’s sporting performance is his/her ability to deal with situations, which arise during a match or
training, using all the skills learnt.

Technical

  • Excellent handling skills

  • Makes good decisions, knowing when to catch, deflect or parry

  • Has the composure to pass and receive with both feet

  • Can pass the ball over varied distances using may passing techniques

  • Confident in dealing with crosses, especially in congested areas (set plays)

 

Physical

  • Has the flexibility, agility, and athleticism to move around the pitch / goal with speed, balance and coordination

  • Quick reactions, both in thought and movement

  • Has the power and strength needed to deal with physical contact situations

 

 Psychological

  • Has the courage to dive at the feet of opponents and smother the ball

  • Demonstrates good powers of concentration and is alert when called into action

  • Able to cope with errors and criticism

  • Makes positive decisions and plays with presence

 

Tactical

  • Understands the principles of a good start position, both in and out of possession

  • Effective communicator, using commonly understood terms

  • Has an appreciation of the state of the game

  • Initiates counter-attack opportunities for the team

  • Good game understanding and decision making


5-10 years old

Preparation in technique, tactics and theory

  • first contact with the ball, first steps “in goal”

  • progressive learning of goalkeeping technique

  • initiation in playing with the ball at feet

  • learning the rules of the game
     

Physical preparation

  • agility, balance, coordination, reaction, physical qualities (endurance, speed and coordination) are developed
    through a variety of games.

     

Psychological preparation

  • children at this age always aim to win and finish first

  • learning to accept defeat

  • respecting the coach, other team members, the opponents and the referee

  • introduction to the specific nature of the goalkeeper’s position and responsibilities (it must not be forgotten that,
    at that age, the result is not the most important thing).

11-14 years old

Preparation in technique, tactics and theory

  • ongoing improvement of the goalkeeping techniques learnt during the introductory stages of development

  • comfortable on the ball to receive the ball in pressure situations

  • playing as a sweeper / keeper and creating overloads in possession to build out of the back

  • passing proficiency to play wide and through the centre mids

  • the move onto the bigger field size (9v9 and 11v11) sees the start of regular work on aerial balls (orientation in the penalty area with the help of the lines)

  •  learning the goalkeeper’s role in different formations at 9v9 (11/12 years of age) and 11v11 (13+)
     

Physical preparation

  • development of  agility, balance, endurance, speed, suppleness and reaction skills

  • coordination with and without the ball
     

Psychological preparation

  • listening to the coach and making own decisions,

  • earning the respect of peers,

  • understanding, recognizing and getting to grips with emotions

  • accepting feedback and applying it (start of puberty)


15-18 years old

Preparation in technique, tactics and theory

  • continuing to improve goalkeeping technique

  • distribution skills on the ground and in the air

  • comfortable on the ball to receive the ball in pressure situations

  • playing as a sweeper / keeper and creating overloads in possession to build out of the back

  • passing proficiency to play wide, high and through the centre mids

  • aerial understanding in the box

  • understanding the goalkeeper’s role in different formations
     

Physical preparation 

  • beginning to develop strength

  • development of speed, power and aerobic and anaerobic energy systems

 

Psychological preparation

  • being able to take decisions and be responsible

  • learning to assess oneself (self-criticism)

  • becoming aware of a healthy lifestyle

  • being ambitious, “being hungry for the game”

Training Schedule for the GK Program 


Tuesday @ University of Ottawa Lees Avenue Dome
6 - 7pm: 2003 - 2001
7 - 8pm: 2008 - 2004 

 

Friday @ University of Ottawa Lees Avenue Dome
5:30 - 6:15pm: 2008 - 2006
6:15 - 7:00pm: 2005 - 2003
7:00 - 8:00pm: 2002 - 2001 


Sunday @ Gloucester Super Dome
7:30 - 9:00am: 2003 - 2001

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