Every year many high school goalkeepers attend college ID showcase tournaments or clinics in hopes to impress college coaches and receive a college offer to fill a college program roster spot. Many goalkeepers do not realize that diving and athleticism is not enough to secure a college recruiting offer. College coaches are looking for a lot more than just athleticism or diving. Below is a video omy my top 10 things I look for in goalkeeper as a college goalkeeper coach at Widener University. Hope it helps and look forward seeing some great goalkeeping talent on the fields.
Being a goalkeeper is not just about catching and throwing the ball. It is about positioning, angle cutting, being able to handle ball well with your feet as well as your hands, being able to communicate with your teammates, being able to scan the field, anticipate and react before things happen. It is being strong minded, fearless, being able to handle adversity, and always being alert and ready to transition from defense to offense. It is all of these things and more and young goalkeepers should be taught that at their weekly training classes just like they are at the just4keepers weekly training classes in Jackson NJ.
The following videos show a goalkeeper being alert and transitioning from defense to offense while the other team is not expecting this quick transition.
One of the most common things we see in teams that play futsal for the first time is goalkeepers not being properly training in futsal technical or tactical aspects or teams that do not think of goalkeeping highly enough and just stick a field player into the goal and expect to be able to compete. Futsal goalkeeping is quite different for soccer goalkeeping and at the same time same in a lot of things. The video below hopefully will help you understand.
As goalkeepers of all ages come for goalkeeper training in Jackson NJ they are always anxious to start diving and have shots fired at them. However their mechanical fundamental skills are not there yet. They need to understand that at any level fundamental skills is the most crucial thing of goalkeeping. College players and professionals have fundamental skill training as part of their every day training. If a goalkeeper can not catch the ball properly he or she will be giving up constant rebound opportunities. If goalkeepers do not have proper foot skills they will not be able to cover the goal or move from one side of the six or eighteen yard box to the other and control it. Also a goalkeeper's agility fundamentals skills come into play every single moment of the game, as the goalkeeper must be able to use both hands and feet as well as dive and bounce right up at a second's notice. The video below show a fundamental goalkeeper skills training sessions at the college level with just4keepers coach Niko Alexopoulos.
It is the only position that stands out from the rest of the soccer positions. It is the position were the player wears a different color jersey and can use hands. It is the only position were the player is always in the spotlight when goals are scored. It is the only position that is considered by many to be played by crazy people. It Is the only position most often forgotten and neglected by most youth coaches.
Most soccer players go through their entire careers without ever having played the position of goalkeeper in a competitive game. When coaches make a point to rotate their players’ positions, they often fail to have everyone play goalkeeper. This is a major disservice to these youth soccer players.
In order for players to truly have the most complete development, they must play goalkeeper at some point in their careers.
Here are a few reasons:
Because they will develop new abilities.
The soccer goalkeeper position requires a totally different set of skills than those of soccer field players. By playing the goalkeeper position, field players will develop these skills. The position also requires a whole new range of physical movements. The coordination and athleticism the position requires to play the goalkeeper position helps kids develop into better athletes and translates to their play as field players. Don’t forget that field players mostly use the lower parts of their bodies, while goalkeepers use their entire body, lower as well as upper. Training, not just playing the goalkeeper position is extremely important as players will be exposed to exercises and theories that as field players they will not. So even if the goalkeeper position is not a child’s long-term position, the skills and agility they develop by playing and training in the goalkeeper position will benefit them as all around athletes.
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As we get closer to spring season teams are trying to get in their training and be ready for the spring season. Is your keeper getting in his/her training or are they just going to show up on game day and be expected to perform? The goalkeeper position is the most difficult position to master regardless of what most think. Folks that do not know the sport stick the weakest less skilled player in the goal and expect results. That is nothing further than the truth. The goalkeeper should be if not the best player on the field most definitely one of the best. Belos is video of why goalkeepers should attend weekly goalkeeper training regardless of their team training.
What is the difference between futsal goalkeeper training, indoor goalkeeper training and grassroots goalkeeper training
To the average soccer person having a goalkeeper play in an indoor game on turf is the same as playing in an outdoor game. Furthermore, having a goalkeeper play in a futsal game is the same as playing in any other indoor or outdoor soccer game. In reality there are many differences in a way a goalkeeper should play in all three games. Being the director of Central Jersey Futsal League I see every year coaches hardly paying any attention to the goalkeeper position and at times using a field player between the pipes. The result is always lopsided scores leaving the coach thinking that his team is playing in the wrong skill level. It is not that the team is not competitive it is the fact that the player playing the goalkeeper position is not trained properly. It is bad enough that the average youth level parent coach does not pay much attention to the goalkeeper position, either because they do not have the time to train the goalkeeper during team training or do not know how. Having the goalkeeper participate in goalkeeper specific training in Central New Jersey is what just4keepers do. Understanding the need to have keepers train with a goalkeeper coach specifically is key and great aid to helping a coach have a quality keeper and team.
Positioning is a key difference in all three games as the space and angles are much different as well as the speed of the game, which is much faster. Because of the smaller space the shooting is also faster and always from a closer range which forces goalkeepers to have to make quicker reaction saves and off course being in the right position and angle is crucial. At the goalkeeper training in New Jersey the coaching staff of Just4keeers teach these elements and make sure that goalkeepers understand the difference and how to apply them. Just4keepers in Central New Jersey train in a futsal environment during the winter goalkeeper training season and that helps the goalkeepers understand the different rules that futsal has and off course how to adapt their style of play from the outdoor style of play.
Unfortunately, many coaches do not understand that the futsal style of play is much different than the regular outdoor game or even the outdoor game played on turf and therefore do not know how to prepare their goalkeepers for a futsal game. Other coaches do not even have a dedicated goalkeeper, using a field player in the goal which makes it even more difficult to play. The body movement and positioning of a futsal goalkeeper are much different than that of a goalkeeper playing outdoors or indoor on turf. Once again, the training conducted by Just4Keepers in Central New Jersey reflects the futsal style of play and gets the goalkeepers ready to play in a futsal game.
While doing goalkeeper training in New Jersey, many or our older goalkeepers often ask what do goalkeeper coaches are looking for from a goalkeeper aspiring to get ID in college ID clinic. A college coach at Widener University coach Niko is pointing out some key fundamental elements all goalkeepers should have by the time they attend a goalkeeper college ID clinic. Contrary to what parents or keepers may think, college coaches are looking for consistency in fundamentals and quality in decision making. Simple is better. Many believe that the higher the level of playing the more complex the training or skills. It is actually nothing further than the truth. Coaches are looking for goalkeepers that possess sound fundamentals and good decision making. Take a look at the video below as Widener University's goalkeeper coach Niko Alexopoulos is putting so high school aspiring prospect keepers through evaluation exercises.
The 2017 Just4keepers USA Camp series has kicked off with Camps all over the US. This past weekend 67 goalkeepers of all ages attended the PA camp at the Meridian Academy under the supervision of PA ODP goalkeeper director and North East Just4Keepers director, Simon Robinson. The goalkeepers showed great spirit and effort even when the rains came. They loved diving in the wet grass. When the rain got too intense the keepers moved indoors to the Meridian Academy's indoor facilities. The camps have been a great source of knowledge and picking up fine points about the art of goalkeeping that team coaches may not be aware of. The New Jersey Just4keepers camps are still a month away with limited spots left. The New Jersey goalkeeper camps will be at July 8th & 9th and July 25th & 26th. You can sign up HERE.
As we get closer to the summer just4keepers goalkeeper camps in NJ we are publishing a video by the director of coaching on questions raised by parents about the goalkeeper camps. Simple things like how advanced the just4keepers camps are and what can the goalkeepers expect to get out of the camps. Hope the video below helps. Once you have vied the video you may register for the camps here.
Soccer has always been an endless source of life lessons on and off the pitch for Niko.As an ex player Niko has loved the sport since he was 4 years old. That was the 1st time his dad, an ex professional goalkeeper for FC Olympiakos, took him to the stadium and Niko started to experienced pro soccer in Europe at a very young age. The rest is history.