Behind the Back Line

Jeremy Proud is currently the Goalkeeper Coach for New York Red Bulls II.  Prior to his time with the Red Bulls, he was an Assistant Coach for SIUE men’s soccer when they made a Sweet 16 appearance in the 2016 NCAA tournament. With an emphasis on defense, in particularly goalkeeping, Proud oversaw an SIUE defense which finished 16th in the NCAA with a 0.71 goals against average in 2016. Proud came to SIUE after spending two seasons as a volunteer assistant with fellow Missouri Valley Conference member Loyola. Prior to his time at Loyola, Proud spent seven seasons at Louisville where the Cardinals made six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances during Proud’s tenure. Louisville appeared in the College Cup Final in 2010 and the Elite 8 in 2011 and 2012. During his final two years with the Cardinals, the staff was honored as the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year. Proud also spent a year on the staff at Akron, helping guide the Zips to an NCAA Tournament appearance.

In the 2017 Confederations Cup Semifinal match Mexico vs Germany, three out of the four goals conceded by Memo Ochoa were from similar scenarios. Behind The Back Line is designed to help improve the goalkeeper’s ability to effectively cover space in behind the back line. Goals against- two, three, and four. On goals two and three, Ochoa attempted to close down the attacker but was never able to effect the ball before the shot (2nd goal) or the pass (3rd goal). He got stuck in the dead zone. On the fourth goal, Ochoa chose to hold his line for a ball behind the back line in the box, angled off of his right near post, but the attacker was able to score low across to the far post. His angle play in relation to the near post could be called into question and whether he chose the correct distance from the shooter. This session does not take into account Mexico’s poor defending shape and positional play. This is one of the most difficult areas for the goalkeeper to deal with. It takes plenty of trial and error, testing on the training ground, and significant time within the 11v11 team setting after this type of session to improve this aspect of the goalkeeper’s game.


Behind the Back Line

1.

Setup:

Four Small Goals roughly 12-15 yards apart (across/age and skill level dependent).

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Diagram A

Instructions:

Movement Warm-up: Juggling/Touch Volley Game

Activation Work: (Pairs) -Seated/Feet Raised with Ball Toss -Back Hyper with Ball Toss-Push-up Bridge with Return Punch -Forearm side Bridge with leg up with ball toss

Technical Work:

  1. GK’s passing on the ground to the GK directly across from them.
  2. GK driven ball to opposite GK for catch, ball to floor, driven ball back to hands.
  3. Drop Kicks between pairs.
  4. One ball between all 4 passing on ground. At every pass, GK must create new angle for pass using their goal as a reference (near post/central/far post).

Coaching Points:

  • Activation Work: Activate the glutes, adductors, abductors, abdominal muscles in preparation for a strenuous session. Focus on correct posture and balance through out.
  • Technical Work: Ball control and delivery. Body Shape, Timing of set, handling techniques, and proper footwork.

2.

Setup:

Same set up as previous. Primary working GK in Red.

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Diagram B

Instructions:

Handling Pattern

  1. Red GK Driven Ball to GK A.
  2. GK A Volley Back to Red GK
  3. Red GK Roll to GK C. Return pass to Red GK.
  4. Driven Ball to hands of GK B.
  5. Roll back to Red GK.
  6. Red GK Driven Ball to GK C.
  7. Roll back to Red GK to repeat pattern opposite direction

2x Though/Rotate counter clockwise

Coaching Points:

  • Body shape, handling technique, and timing of set.
  • Proper footwork behind the ball because the GK’s should not have to dive in this series.
  • Quality of 1st touch, service with feet & hands. Trying to alternate using both Left and Right foot services.
  • Concentration to be able to execute the pattern correctly and skillfully.

3.

Setup:

Same Set up as previous with the exception of the wide goals slightly angled toward Red GK. GK’s B and C start wide of the near post (side closest to Red GK).

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Diagram C

Instructions:

Set 1.

  1. GK-A back pass to Red GK.
  2. Red GK controls, firm pass into small goal for GK C diving save.
  3. GK C rolls back to Red GK.
  4. Red GK driven shot back to GK A. Repeat to opposite side GK B/2x through each side/Rotate counter clockwise.

Set 2.

  1. Volley to Red GK.
  2. Catches for bouncing throw to small goal for GK C diving save.
  3. GK C throw back to Red GK.
  4. Red GK drop kick to GK A. Repeat to opposite side GK B/2x through each side/Rotate counter clockwise.

Coaching Points:

  • Body shape, handling technique, and timing of set, and diving technique.
  • Proper footwork behind the ball because the Red GK and A should not have to dive in this series.
  • Quality of 1st touch, service with feet & hands. Trying to alternate using both Left and Right foot services.
  • Concentration to be able to execute the pattern correctly and skillfully.

4.

Setup:

Return wide goals squared up to field.

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Diagram D

Instructions:

Game:

  1. Red GK Volley (any type of accurate service is acceptable)
  2. Roll to any of three other GK’s feet for live game to all small goals. Game is live until ball is out of play. Attacker/GK roles change once new GK is possession of ball. When GK makes save, ball to feet becoming the attacker towards any of the three goals.

Variations:

  1. Use the 1 ball passing with GK movement from warm-up 1 and on coaches whistle, GK in possession becomes attacker.
  2. 2v2 Game

Coaching Points:

  • Quality of 1st touch/passing/dribbling.
  • As GK, deciding to close space or hold line.
  • Saving technique- diving at attacker’s feet/blocking/staying up to react.
  • Transition moments.

5.

Setup:

One GK in goal. Three attackers a few yards outside the D. One central and two on either side.
Two Mannequins roughly 22 yards from goal wide of D as offside line.

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Diagram E

Instructions:

  1. Server A and GK exchange passes
  2. Server A passes to attacker B to feet or into penalty area for 1v1/Through Ball.
  3. GK recovers for middle server shot (Dipping volley).

Repeat opposite side.  Progress to Server A playing either side freely. 3 Rep Rotation (2x Through)

Coaching Points:

  • Starting position in relation to ball when it returns back to Server A. If GK is cheating off line too far or poorly angled, Server A should look to score.
  • GK decision & positioning when Server A plays to B or C, whether to attack ball, close and keep feet/spread/block, or hold line for shot.
  • GK recovery angles, speed, and body shape for shot, including parrying/boxing into safe areas (play rebounds live).

6.

Setup:

Similar set-up to previous exercise, adding in two small goals for distribution placed roughly 35-40 yards away from goal on touchline. Also, two additional servers roughly 30 yards out, width of penalty area.

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Diagram F

Instructions:

  • Server A back pass to GK initiate rep.
  • GK driven ball to Server B.
  • C initiates movement for run into penalty area for B through ball pass or C receives ball at feet to turn off of the mannequin for 1v1 to goal. May also shoot.
  • GK decision time.
  • GK recovers for Central Shot from Server A.
  • Any ball held by GK, throw or kicking distribution to opposite side small goal.

Coaching Points:

  • Quality of GK to control and drive ball to B & E.
  • Positioning off the line and angle when B or E have the ball. B & E should look to beat the GK from distance if the GK cheats too far off the line.
  • GK decision and reaction when B & E pass to C & D feet or into space.attack ball, close and keep feet/spread/block, or hold line for shot.
  • GK recovery angles, speed, and body shape for shot, including parrying/boxing into safe areas (play rebounds live).
  • Transition speed and quality of distribution (hand or foot) to opposite side small goal after held/controlled save.

7.

Setup:

Same as previous exercise but add 2nd attacker and a recovery defender.

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Diagram G

Instructions:

  1. Server A back pass to GK initiate rep.
  2. GK driven ball to Server B. GK positions accordingly to ball and Server B.
  3. C initiates run into penalty area for B through ball pass or C receives ball at feet, turn off of the mannequin for 1v1 to goal or shot. C initiates same movements as previous exercise but goes directly for goal or pass to E. Defender D pressures ball or recovers central to eliminate pass to E.
  4. GK recovers for Central Shot from Server A.
  5. Any ball held by GK, throw or kicking distribution to opposite side small goal placed roughly 35-40 yards away from goal on touchline.

Coaching Points:

  • Quality to control and drive ball to B & F.
  • Positioning off the line, angle when B or F have the ball. B & F look to beat the GK from distance if the GK is too far off line.
  • Decision and reaction when B & F pass to C & E feet or into space, attack ball, close and keep feet/spread/block, or hold line for shot.
  • Recovery angles, speed, and body shape for shot, including parrying/boxing into safe areas (rebounds live).
  • Transition speed and quality of distribution (hand/foot) to opposite side small goal after held/controlled save.In addition to Part I: Now GK communicates with Recovery Defender D to pressure ball or drop central, or GK action makes it clear what D should do. If GK chooses to hold line, prepares for shot from C or E working on appropriate angle, distance from shooter, and timing of set position.