Forward and backwards rolls with the ball

  • Organisation

    Goalkeeping coach and goalkeeper position themselves on the filed according to the diagram. The goalkeeper sits 12-16 meters in front of the coach who hold a ball in his hand.
  • Process

    The goalkeeper does a backwards roll, stands up and catches a ball thrown by the coach or fellow goalkeeper. He then makes a lunge forward, throws the ball back, takes a step again and does a forward roll in the starting position. Course of movements: 1- Backwards roll 2- Ball thrown by coach 3-Catch ball 4-Ball thrown back 5-Forwards roll
  • Tip

    - The player sits on the floor with bent legs/arms and supports himself on his palms. - He can start slightly crouched, takes his momentum and roll backwards over his back/head. Here his hands act as levers. - He lands on his legs and brings himself to an upright position. The forwards roll follows from a standing crouched movement with a mini-dive forwards and finally a roll over the back/bottom. -During the catching movement the goalkeeper can choose, whether he takes the ball to his chest from stretched out arms, or catches it with both palms, at his highest point through pushing off with his right leg (rotating with the left). -During the action, the lateral thrown the arm acts like that of a javelin thrower, in that it is stretched backwards and the ball lays in the open palm. The stretched out arm is then thrown forward with force, moving just past the ear. The Stem step is important here. If the goalkeeper throws with his right, the left leg is shifted laterally forwards, if with the left, the right leg is shifted laterally forwards. You can practice the throwing technique against a safety net and afterwards, incorporate the throwing actions in shooting practice, in that a caught ball has to be thrown into a goal placed as far away as desired.
  • Field size

    Penalty Area


Ballskill (Touch on the ball)

Goalkeeping techniques [Throw-ins]


Opening the field [Throw-ins]


Speed of movement off the ball, Speed of movement with ball

Strength [Leaping strength, Power & Speed, Strength endurance]


Quickness of reaction, Quick processing, Quick anticipation, Quick decisioning

Training Set:

Progression, Main point/Emphasis


U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 13, Under 12, Under 11, Under 10, Under 09, Under 8, U 07 (6-7 years)]


10 min

Number of Players:

1 - 5 players [Player, 2 players, 3 players, 4 players]

Form of Training:

Individual training, Group training, Goalkeeper training, Individual training

Participating Players:



Groups, Alone training, Alone training

Skill Level:


Spatial Behavior:

Free space

Training Location:

Forest/meadow, Asphalt, Turf field, Grass field, Indoor

Author: Easy2Coach EN GmbH

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