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Secrets to Soccer, Secrets to Sports

Online Coaching
and Training Platform
Football/Soccer

The S2S tool offers:
For the Coach:
  • a library with practices, readymade sessions and other resources
  • prepare soccer training sessions, season and development plans
  • game management
  • communication system
  • reports and statistics for teams and players
  • design tools to prepare own drills
  • information to parents
For the Player:
  • training better at home
  • being prepared for the training sessions
  • log book per season and accumulated
For the Management:
  • overview all coaching and training activities
  • field scheduling
  • equipment management
  • quality assurance
  • information system
Now also includes:
Readymade training sessions per age group
with selected favorite drills
Product upgrades are included in the price

Today's soccer skill

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Goalkeeping technique - Catching the ball - gripping - low balls
Below you will find one of the totally 156 soccer skills that are presented in the S2S tool.
In the ARCHIVE we have selected 50 of the most fundamental skills and drills for youth and grassroots.
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Demonstration practice
When you subscribe, you will also find:
Drill practices, Game practices and Practice at home, as well as more general coaching points ("Secrets").
Organization
A player or coach strikes low shots in various ways, from various positions. Be in motion a little so that the goalkeeper has to adjust his/her position naturally in various directions before catching the ball. Run forward for rebounds.
Learning
The goalkeeper practises gripping low balls, both shots straight at him/her and to the side so that he/she has to throw him/herself and grip the ball as well.
Variations
After a while, give the goalkeeper slightly more difficult balls to practise on.
Coaching points (here we call them SECRETS):
  • When a low ball comes towards you, it is good if you can grip it with your hands
  • Grip it with your hands fully open
  • Your fingers should be slightly spread and your thumbs behind the middle of the ball
  • Always try to grip the ball in front of your body
  • You will then see the ball at all times, which is extremely important
  • You should ideally avoid dropping the ball
  • If you should drop it, try to take it again quickly
  • Avoid dropping the ball behind you and possibly into the goal
  • For this reason, have your hands and body behind the ball as often as possible
  • Particularly in the case of low, bouncing balls and on slippery surfaces
  • For this reason, it is often all right to use the ground as a "third hand"
  • In this case, have one hand behind the ball and one on top, trapping it against the ground
  • If necessary, you can also do this when you land after having saved a low ball
  • In the case of extremely hard shots, it may occasionally be good to angle your wrists forwards slightly
  • This can help you to have more solid wrists
  • Your hands will hardly then bend backwards, causing you to drop the ball
  • In the case of shots straight at you along the ground, we suggest that you spread your legs
  • Take the ball between you legs with an upside-down grip
  • In this case, your thumbs end up facing out rather than in
  • For this reason, be extra careful to keep both hands behind the ball
  • You have to keep your elbows together as well
  • Once you have gripped the ball, you should secure it by cupping it
  • Young players should be particularly careful with this
  • This is the best way to hold onto the ball, even when you are being tackled
  • Follow the ball with your gaze right into the cup
  • When you want to grip the ball, concentra- te and relax your muscles
  • Learn to recognise and automatically decide when and how to grip the ball