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Goalkeeper training drills: Pre-match warm up

Set up

Make an L shape with three poles, giving you two makeshift goals. The goalkeeper moves between the two goals, receiving balls from server eight to 10 yards away. 

 

Action

The goalkeeper receives a pass from server 1 and plays it straight back to him, one touch. Server 1 passes the ball to server 2, while the goalkeeper moves to the other goal to face server 2. The goalkeeper then receives a pass from server 2 and again plays it back one touch, before the cycle starts again. Another cycle involves the goalkeeper receiving a volley from server 1. He catches the ball and throws it back, before moving to the other goal to receive a volley from server 2.

 

Reps: 8 passes/volleys per goalkeeper (four from each server)

Sets: 3-5

 

How it helps 

Works on the technical aspects of short passing and also aids a goalkeeper’s handling technique from close range.

 

Andrew Sparkes is the Head of Academy Goalkeeping at Swansea City. Follow @andrewsparkes1 @swansofficial @swans_academy

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