GFA GK - Balls Over Defence

  • Organisation

    Two (2) grids 7yds x 10 yds (one marker per grid is a different color to indicate starting position of the two defending players).

  • Process

    Coach will play the ball to either defender (red). The defender will play the ball back first time to the coach, this will initiate the start of the play for the GK. The two (2) offensive players (blue) will prepare to receive the ball from the coach. Only one (1) defender can enter the grid to defend the player (1v1).


    If the offensive player (blue) is able to beat the defender, they can attack at goal. If the offensive player is not able to beat the defender they can play the ball back to the coach to circulate the ball amongt the two (2) offensive players.

    When one offensive player is able to get through the other offensive player must support the attack, while both are facing defensive pressure.


    If the defender wins the ball the play stops and restarts again.


    If the Goalkeeper makes a save and collects the ball, he/she must look to find an open teammate whom he/she instructed to get wide to receive the ball in either grid.

  • Tip

    Goalkeeper must handle the one (1) vs one (1) situation.

    - If staying to defend the goal

    - Put onus on the attacker

    - Make forward movements only when the ball is out of the attackers' feet

    - DELAY and STAY BIG

    - Force the attacker wide if possible

    - communication - role of recovering defender

    - GK must handle the shot

    - Position in relation to the ball

    - Set position as shot is taken

    - Assessing the flight of the ball and using correct technique

    - Recovering after an explosive save if the ball is not secured in a safe area away from the goal

    - Getting in the right position as an attacker has defensive pressure, communicating with defender



    - A poor touch or smother

    - As the attacker shoots engage moving 5-point block

    - If attacker has control of the ball engage a static 5-point block

    -If attacker stirkers the ball first time

    - Pressure from your defender

    5-Point Block

    - Focus on the ball

    - Control the situation, be patient!

    - Body is perpendicular in relation to the ball

    - Body wight to the front

    - Hands next to body

    - Arm and hand always the lowes at the same side as bent knee

    - Inside knee turns


    Coaching Points

    - The Goalkeepers' starting position in relation to the ball

    - Priority 1 is to defend the goal

    - Priority 2 is to defend the space between the Goalkeeper and defenders

    - Is there pressure on the ball?

    - The Goalkeepers' stance in anticipation of the through ball - being on the front foot

    - Assessment of the through ball - Advance or defend the goal?

    - If the decision is to advance - be positive - can you keep position? - if not safety first and clear lines, high and wide


Goalkeeping techniques [1 vs. 1]


Improving the ability to read the game

Defensive/Offensive play [One on one, Quick transitioning (defense to offense)]

Pressing [High pressure on defense]



Strength [Power & Speed]


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

Training Set:

Main point/Emphasis


Adult (from 18 years on)


15 min

Number of Players:

6 - 9 players [6 players]

Form of Training:

Goalkeeper training

Participating Players:



5 goalies


Defensive behaviors, Goalkeeper behaviors

Skill Level:


Spatial Behavior:

Free space, Penalty box, Double penalty box

Training Location:

Turf field

Author: Ross Awa

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