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.
Andrew Sparkes of Swansea City AFC recently presented this session, ‘Distribution and Shot Stopping’ at the first annual International Goalkeeper Coaches Conference earlier this month. Sparkes collected data from his Swansea youth games and it quickly became clear where his focus for training should be. You will find this session very useful and should spark many new ideas for your coaches. From a goalkeeping perspective, are you focusing on the right components of the game at the younger ages?