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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 - Movement techniques - starting position
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
Three players take turns hitting various types of shot, including in motion and after a pass, from various positions against the goalkeeper. Run forwards for rebounds, above all those players who are waiting their turn to shoot. Give the goalkeeper time to take up his/her starting position between shots.
Learning
Practise the starting position.
Variations
Increase the pace after a while so the goalie has to practise finding his/her starting position quickly.
Coaching points (here we call them SECRETS):
  • Take up your starting position when the ball approaches your goal
  • You must then be prepared to get involved in the game at practically any moment
  • Find and practice a starting position which suits you
  • The starting position should enable you to be as prepared as possible in various situations
  • When you take up your starting position, prepare yourself to act quickly
  • When you bend your ankles, knees and hips, you lower your centre of gravity
  • You can then move more rapidly in various directions
  • You will get down to low shots more quickly
  • You are also in a better starting position to jump than when you are standing straight up
  • Because you still have to bend first if you e.g. are going to throw yourself to the side after the ball if you are standing straight up
  • The same is true if you are going to jump up quickly to reach a high ball
  • After all, it takes longer if you first have to bend down before jumping
  • Stand with your feet angled forward as normal, and lean forward slightly
  • This means that your body weight is over the front part of the soles of your feet
  • Have your feet approximately shoulder width apart
  • Bend your ankles, knees and hips slightly
  • You should normally have your hands at a normal width and fully open, with your palms towards the ball
  • Hold them at stomach height, slightly in front of your body
  • Keep your elbows at an approx. 90° angle
  • You can vary your starting position slightly depending on the situation
  • Stand e.g. more upright before a cross, and when the ball is in the air in front of you
  • E.g. before a headed or volleyed finish
  • In this case, you also hold your hands slightly higher and wider than normal
  • In the case of a shot from the ground, bend slightly more than normal just before the shot is hit
  • In one on one situations, you often hold your hands considerably lower and a little wider apart
  • This is particularly true when the ball is on the ground in front of and fairly close to you
  • You should also bend further down in one on ones
  • The position of the ball, e.g. distance and height, consequently determines your exact starting position
  • It also determines the position of your hands in these various situations
  • Practice until you find the starting positions which best suit you in various situations
  • Learn to take up the starting position most suitable in a situation automatically
  • Concentrate and follow the ball and the person with the ball with your gaze
  • During play, you should always try to be facing out towards the pitch
  • Even when the ball is on the flank, as you will then see out of the corners of your eyes what is happening in front of goal
  • Occasionally, you will have to look a little more closely at what is happening around you
  • E.g. outside the box and in the far post area in the event of crosses
  • Then you briefly look away from the ball
  • Do this in situations where the person with the ball is unlikely to shoot, hit a cross, or similar
  • All of the above means that you can act quickly when necessary
  • You will react most quickly if your muscles are relaxed as well