As a coach in the Premier League, the goalkeepers that Christophe Lollichon coaches play against some of the best players in the world. Their ability to read the game and adopt the appropriate techniques in 1V1 situations is imperative. Christophe shares his unique approach to denying goal scoring opportunities as demonstrated by some of the best goalkeepers in the modern game.
Here is an economical, creative, and comprehensive way of training both your GKs in one activity. If your objective is shot stopping and you would like to focus on reactions and dealing with congestion in the box, spend 20 minutes and try this activity.
The fundamentals shown in these videos are the foundation to shot stopping. You will witness an excellent display of controlled lateral movement into a proper GK stance and “set position”. The starting body position should be the same as the ending body position with an explosive lateral movement and multiple change of direction in between.
The ball beating the goalkeeper over the top is rare (maybe once a season), but training it is critical to show the goalkeeper the correct way to deal with it and the confidence to play high off their line because of the reality of how difficult it truly is to beat a goalkeeper (if they are prepared) from long distances. This will allow them to have a good connection with the back line, ultimately making many more positive contributions out in front of them without the unrealistic fear of being scored on from long-ranges on a regular basis.
Don’t let the simplicity of the diagram fool you. Here is a simple and outstanding activity to try with your GKs. This will get your GK comfortable with an aggressive starting position outside the 18 yard box, force them to manage off the ball by picking up the speed and movement of the pressure (tracking the color of the cones), and ultimately making the right choice of how and where to distribute.