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Secrets to Soccer, Secrets to Sports

Online Coaching
and Training

The S2S tool offers:
For the Coach:
  • a library with practices, readymade sessions and other resources
  • prepare 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
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Today's soccer skill

Goalkeeping technique - Diving techniques - 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
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A player or coach throws or shoots high balls in various ways, from various positions. Be in motion a little at times so that the goalkeeper has to adjust his/her position slightly in various directions before catching the ball. Run for rebounds.
The goalkeeper practises his/her diving technique on high balls, both on balls near to and further away from him/herself, so that he/she has to throw him/herself in order to reach the ball.
After a while, give the goalkeeper slightly more difficult balls to practise on.
Coaching points (here we call them SECRETS):
  • When you want to throw yourself at high balls, you should apply several skills
  • For example, you use your jumping technique to reach the ball and then your diving technique
  • This skill looks at your diving technique
  • Watch the ball throughout the movement
  • Right up until you have caught the ball by gripping and cupping it, deflected it or punched it away
  • You can throw yourself slightly diagonally forwards towards the ball if you have time
  • Otherwise, throw yourself straight to the side or slightly backwards, as you will have more time to reach the ball
  • You will also have further to go to reach it
  • Try to be facing out towards the pitch throughout the save; avoid turning around
  • Once you have caught the ball and landed, you should ideally avoid rolling around with the ball
  • As you may then lose control of both the ball and the situation
  • Try to find a technique that suits you and enables you to start moving quickly
  • You will then often have time to get both your hands and your body behind the ball
  • This works best when you throw yourself the shortest possible way to the ball
  • Avoid throwing yourself in an unnecessary bow
  • The easiest way to avoid this is to first stretch out your arm on the side where the ball is, towards the ball
  • You should ideally land on the side of your body and as softly as possible
  • This feels better and you can also hold onto the ball you have caught more easily when you land
  • Distribute the landing evenly across your body
  • Try to break your landing with one part of your body at a time and soften the fall
  • It is difficult to decide the order in which the parts of your body should land
  • This depends e.g. on how high and far you have jumped and how well your jumping technique works
  • In the case of medium-height balls fairly close to you, you can come down on your legs first
  • The same applies if you have managed to take a few steps to the side before jumping
  • I.e. if you have got closer to the ball in this way before throwing yourself
  • Occasionally, you have to throw yourself so high and far that you are at full length in the air
  • In this case, you may occasionally land on your upper body and hip before your legs
  • You will occasionally grip a high, difficult ball a long way out near the post
  • In this case, you will usually come down with your arms, hands and the ball first
  • If necessary, you can then use the ground as a "third hand" when you land
  • In this case, avoid putting all the force on the ball as you land, as you may drop it
  • Learn to land softly and avoid breaking your fall with your elbows
  • This feels better and reduces the risk of you dropping the ball as you land
  • If you have cupped the ball before you land, you should land on your side
  • In this case, you should ideally keep the ball and your elbows out in front of your chest as you land
  • When you have landed with the ball in the cup, you can draw up your top leg towards the ball
  • This gives you protection
  • And you can 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 in play