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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 - high 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 hits high crosses and strikes high shots in various ways, from various positions. Run forward for rebounds occasionally, so that the goalkeeper always takes the ball in the cup.
Learning
The goalkeeper practises gripping high balls from crosses and shots. Balls straight at the goalkeeper, over him/her so that he/she has to jump up, and to the side so that he/she has to throw him/herself.
Variations
After a while, give the goalkeeper slightly more difficult balls to practise on.
Coaching points (here we call them SECRETS):
  • When the ball comes towards you in the air, it is good if you can grip it securely
  • You must have your hands fully open
  • Your fingers should be slightly spread and your thumbs behind the middle of the ball
  • Ideally grip the ball in front of your body
  • You can then watch the ball all the way into your hands, which is good
  • You can also quickly take the ball again should you drop it
  • Because you will drop the ball in front of you in this case
  • Of course, you should try to avoid dropping the ball
  • This is made easier if you calmly and safely take the ball into the cup
  • I.e. in this case, after you have gripped the ball
  • You will often have to jump up to grip high balls, e.g. from high crosses
  • You will then usually have time to cup the ball before you land
  • You are then even better protected against any tackles which may be made
  • It is often best to grip hard shots at chest height first
  • I.e. before you cup the ball
  • In the case of difficult shots, you can possibly release the ball after stopping it
  • I.e. when there are no opponents nearby
  • You then take the ball into the cup
  • Avoid dropping these hard shots behind you and possibly into the goal
  • To do this, have your hands and body behind the ball as often as possible
  • In the case of some hard shots, you will need to angle your wrists forwards towards the ball
  • I.e. when there is a risk of your wrists bending backwards when you try to grip the ball
  • When you throw yourself and grip a high ball, you have two alternatives
  • Occasionally, you can cup the ball before you land
  • You can also land with the ball still in your grip
  • You may occasionally be worried about dropping the ball when you land with it still in your grip
  • In this case, you can use the ground as a "third hand" when you land
  • Then take the ball into the cup
  • Always follow the ball with your gaze right into the cup
  • When you land with the ball in the cup, keep the ball and your elbows out in front of your chest
  • Then land on the side of your body
  • This feels better and you have a greater chance of keeping hold of the ball
  • The worst situation is when you are in the process of cupping the ball as you land
  • You will then often have poorer control of the ball, and you can drop it more easily
  • When you want to grip high balls, concentrate and relax your muscles
  • Learn to recognise and automatically decide when and how to grip these balls