Soccer drill to brush up goalkeeper distribution

One of the most surprising statistics I have seen is that passes by the goalkeeper fall in the highest bracket of overall pass rate success. So make the most of your goalie by incorporating a soccer drill to work on these skills into your training sessions.

Soccer coaching drill tips

The great thing about a goalkeeper is that he can pass using his feet or his hands. If you practise with your goalkeeper and defenders you can get your team passing out from the back and successfully launch an attack through midfield or down the wing.

To set up this soccer drill, look at the diagram below and organise a 7v4 game to get a 7-a-side team used to playing the ball under pressure into the opponents' half of the pitch.

 Goalkeeper passing

The objective of this soccer drill is to move the ball using only three passes and get it between the two cones.

Once the keeper distributes the ball to the full back, the midfielder times a run and receives the ball. Emphasis is placed on the full back delivering a ball to the midfielder’s feet.

The attacking team is allowed three passes before they cross the dotted line in the diagram and then score between the cones. Remember to tell your supporting players to hold their positions and move with the play.

Movement is key to retaining the ball. Your defending midfielders must make it difficult for the team in possession to move the ball. The grey team’s three attackers are playing with two up and one back so the emphasis is on movement up front to keep possession of the ball.

Extend the soccer drill

Restart the soccer drill with the goalkeeper and switch players around to build player skills.

Soccer coaching tips


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