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.
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.