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.
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.
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?
Inspired by Eric Steele’s presentation on Modern Trends at the International Goalkeeper Coaches Conference, Anthony Latronica brings us 3 Yards Up The Line. The focus of this session is making saves closer to the goal line. Coach Steele has worked with some of the best goalkeepers in the history of the game including Peter Schmeichel, Edwin van der Sar, Joe Hart, and David de Gea. The average starting position of GKs in the EPL is 3.4 yards off their goal line. Give this session a try and see how this fits into your methodology as a coach.
Phil Wheddon brings us ‘Goalkeeping: Dealing with Through Balls, Reading Pressure On and Off of the Ball’ and announces his first annual International Goalkeeper Coaches Conference!