Soccer goalkeeping drill for kicking the ball clear
Nothing takes the pressure off your defenders more than a good kicked clearance from the goalkeeper. It doesn’t matter what age your goalkeeper is, if they get the technique right, then the distance will follow. Use this football goalkeeping drill to coach the skills.
Show goalkeeper the right technique for a kicked clearance
Start your goalkeeper off with a soccer kicking technique for clearing stationary balls from the halfway line. You are looking for good kicking skills, so the player can kick as far as possible. Distance will depend on the age of the player involved but soccer coaches should insist on a few basic points.
How to coach football (soccer) kicking technique
- As the goalkeeper runs to the ball he must keep his eyes fixed on the ball, not on the target.
- On reaching the ball the non-kicking foot is placed around six inches from the ball pointing in the direction the kick is aimed.
- To keep the ball low in trajectory, the non-kicking foot is placed in a further forward position - if the kick is to be lofted then the non-kicking foot is slightly behind the ball.
- To kick it, tell your goalkeeper to lean slightly backwards, swing from the hip with the knee bent at first, then straighten the leg as it reaches the ball, keeping the foot down so the front of the foot contacts the ball.
Develop football goalkeeper drill
Advance the goalkeeping drill by playing balls into your goalkeeper giving him three targets to aim for. Shout 1, 2 or 3 as you play the ball into him. Tell him he has to concentrate on playing the ball to the player you shout out.
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