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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

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Goalkeeping technique - Diving techniques - 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
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Drill practices, Game practices and Practice at home, as well as more general coaching points ("Secrets").
Organization
A player or coach throws or shoots low balls in various ways, from various positions. Be in motion a little at times so that the goalkeeper has to adjust his/her position naturally in various directions before cat- ching the ball. Run forward for rebounds.
Learning
The goalkeeper practises his/her diving technique on low balls, both on balls near to and further away from him/herself, so that he/she has to throw him/herself in order to take the ball.
Variations
After a while, give the goalkeeper slightly more difficult balls to practise on.
Coaching points (here we call them SECRETS):
  • You will often have low shots to the side of you which you have to throw yourself at to reach
  • You will need a good diving technique for this
  • I.e. a diving technique that suits you and enables you to act quickly
  • This means that you will usually get both your hands and your body behind the ball
  • When the ball comes close beside you, you have to get down quickly
  • In this case, you can begin by bending the far leg, i.e. the leg that is furthest from the ball
  • You can then lay your other leg in front of the bent leg
  • It is also possible to bend the near leg first
  • In this case, the foot of this leg will end up behind the far leg
  • In principle, you can also knock the back foot away with the front foot
  • In this case, you lay the near leg under the far leg
  • Learn to use the method that suits you best in each situation
  • When you want to throw yourself for low balls further away, you should use the jumping technique
  • Throw yourself the shortest possible way and avoid throwing yourself in an unnecessary bow
  • This movement is made easier if you first stretch out your lower arm towards the ball
  • Watch the ball throughout the movement and follow it with your gaze at all times
  • I.e. all the way into your grip and cup, or until you have blocked the ball in some other way
  • It is good if you can be facing out towards the pitch throughout the save
  • You will then have your body between the ball and goal
  • I.e. instead of turning or rolling around with the ball and having poorer control
  • If you throw yourself slightly diagonally forwards towards the ball, you will narrow the angle
  • You will also have a shorter way to go
  • If you throw yourself straight to the side or slightly backwards, you will have further to go to reach the ball
  • However, you will have more time to reach it
  • So you should move diagonally forwards when you have time, to the side or diagonally backwards when you have less time
  • It is best to land on the side of your body
  • Your landing normally begins from the bottom, i.e. your lower leg is the first part of you to touch the ground
  • Then your thigh, hip, the side of your upper body and finally your arms
  • When the ball is further away from you, you will often land on your hip first
  • In this case, you should reduce the impact against the ground
  • Do this by quickly breaking your fall with your leg and the side of your upper body
  • Try to distribute your landing evenly between these parts of your body, in any order
  • You can then land softly without a bump
  • This feels better and reduces the risk of you dropping the ball
  • Fold in your elbows in front of your chest when you catch and cup the ball
  • You will then avoid knocking your elbows on the ground and will be able to hold onto the ball more easily
  • When you are lying on the ground with the ball in the cup, draw up your top leg towards the ball
  • This gives you better protection
  • And you can then push the leg back quickly to get up again more easily
  • Learn the diving technique equally well in both directions
  • Always try to keep your muscles relaxed
  • Learn to recognise and automatically decide how to use your diving technique