We have hundreds of practice plans available for you to use or get ideas from, which have been collected from coaching courses, books, interviews with coaches and watching sessions. Keep in mind that very few people are actually inventing new games here, just changing the approach or focus slightly. We recommend reading a few plans and then trying to adapt them to fit exactly what you are trying to help your players with on a given day.
To help you sort through topics we have tried to arrange them by the age of the player and roughly by theme. These are not set in stone though and a lot of plans can be adapted to work with players a few years older or younger. Similarly, some attacking plans make great defensive sessions if you just change the coaching points.
|GK 3 Goal Situation||U15-18||Elite||13||Showing goalkeepers how to prioritize which areas to protect by dividing into three "goals" as areas to protect first.|
|GK Advanced Handling||U15-18||Elite||9||Building on simple techniques to show goalkeepers how to take possession from various shots and situations.|
|GK Back to the Bar||U15-18||Elite||12||Teaching goalkeepers how to retreat when a ball is played over their head towards the crossbar|
|GK Basic Handling||U15-18||Advanced||14||Using correct form when saving the ball with hands. This practice teaches the correct technique for a variety of basic shot-stopping moments.|
|GK Breakaways||U15-18||Elite||11||Working with goalkeepers to deal with a 1v1 breakaway situation.|
|GK Distribution||U15-18||Elite||16||Punting and throwing distribution methods for goalkeepers.|
|GK Linking with the Team||U15-18||Elite||12||Communicating and connecting with outfield players from the goalkeeping position.|
|GK Training the Backpass||U15-18||Elite||14||How and why to pass back to the goalkeeper, working on technical form and tactical understanding.|
|Goalkeeping – Collecting the Ball||U11-12||Intermediate||14||Working on shot stopping and other forms of collecting the ball for the goalkeeper.|