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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
Product upgrades are included in the price

Today's soccer skill

Goalkeeping play - Positioning - narrowing the angle
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").
An outfield player, coach or another goalkeeper runs with the ball towards the goal from various angles and tries to score in various ways from these one on ones, including from rebounds. The goalkeeper tries to save. If there are two goalkeepers, they should swap roles.
The goalkeeper practises creeping out towards the person with the ball in order to narrow his or her shooting angle.
More players who can then approach from different angles.
Coaching points (here we call them SECRETS):
  • Move forwards towards a person with the ball who is going to try to score against you
  • Because in this way you will narrow his/her shooting angle
  • You will cover the goal much better, simply by moving out a couple of metres
  • Move along a line between the middle of the goal and the ball
  • You should ideally always be on this line before you move out towards the person with the ball
  • We call this the shooting line
  • Occasionally, you will have moved out towards a person with the ball who passes the ball to the side
  • In this case, you must first take the fastest, shortest route to the new shooting line
  • Only then can you move out towards the person who now has the ball
  • I.e. if you have time and if necessary
  • This often means that you have to move backwards before you can move forwards again
  • When the person with the ball is coming from the side, you must stand a little to the side of the shooting line
  • This is an exception to the basic rule
  • Because in this case, you have to narrow the shooting angle to the near post a little more
  • This is because you will have less time to save a shot on this side of you
  • In these situations, you may even end up in front of the near post i.e. beside the goal
  • In this case, your team-mates must take extra care when marking and covering in front of goal
  • In the event of a shot, there are two secrets which primarily apply the further out towards the shooter you come
  • Firstly, you have a shorter distance to go to reach the ball
  • And you will have less time to reach the ball
  • The reverse is true the nearer the goal you are
  • It is difficult to see exactly when a shot is coming
  • In one on ones, it is often very difficult to see when the person with the ball is going to shoot
  • The person with the ball may also try a shooting move and try to dribble the ball past you
  • It is best if you can creep forwards towards the person with the ball at a fairly late stage
  • I.e. without stopping too far out or having to back away again
  • You will gradually learn how to do this
  • If you still come out too far and there is time, you should move back a little first
  • Before moving forwards again if necessary
  • However, avoid moving backwards as your opponent shoots or tries to dribble past you
  • Different rules apply in the case of shots on the volley and, to an extent, first touch shots from balls on the ground
  • You will then see when the shot is coming, but it is difficult to see where it may go
  • In this case, try to be a little further from the shooter during such shots, so that you have time to save
  • A number of volley contacts may also cause the ball to follow an unusual trajectory
  • E.g. high over you but still into the goal
  • For this reason, you should be fairly close to the goal line if this type of volley shot is a possibility
  • You should also be on the alert during headers at goal, and be wary about coming out too far
  • A normal, relatively harmless header on a high ball may occasionally go in a loop over you
  • It is sometimes more difficult to see where the ball is going from headers than from shots on the volley
  • For this reason, you will need more time, so you should stand closer to goal in the case of headed finishes
  • You will gradually learn to recognise how to narrow shooting angles in various positions