Training for goalkeepers: How goalkeepers get on their toes
The goalkeeper plays a key role in soccer. HELOGOAL can tell you how to optimally prepare goalkeepers in training for their use in the game. Also discover lots of practice examples for your goalkeeper training! The goal of goalkeeper training is to learn and automate all important goalkeeping techniques.
Why is training for goalkeepers so important?
The goalkeeper position is a key position in soccer. It does not only consist of flying and catching. This may have been the case in the past, but today the demands on the goalkeeper have grown considerably. One reason for this is that the goalkeeper is the first development player. He can make the game fast and must also know tactical backgrounds. In order to be able to make quick and optimal decisions, a good speed of action and automated processes are required. Therefore, special goalkeeper training is important.
Exercises for goalkeepers: complex individual training
These special demands on the goalkeeper require a specific and goal-oriented preparation. It is therefore important that the goalkeeper coach is able to respond individually to his charges: Training takes place in smaller groups. The advantage is that the goalkeeper’s skills and needs are the focus of attention: The smaller number of participants in the training alone means that feedback can be given in more detail. A much closer and more intensive relationship between the people automatically develops. Goalkeeper training is not group tactical complex, it is complex individual training, because every goalkeeper is different. The goalkeeper’s jumping power and speed must also be trained. Quick power means to perform a movement as explosive and fast as possible. To achieve this, the maximum force must be well trained. Both components, explosive power and maximum power, are the prerequisites for good bounce.
Mental preparation for the game
Power and technique alone do not make a good goalkeeper. A high level of concentration and the correct handling of mistakes are just as important.
We think it is important that every goalkeeper creates his own match preparation. Behavior before the match is just as important as behavior on the day before the match. It is optimal if a uniform warm-up program is created and run through before the game. It should help the goalkeeper to find concentration. Between the warm up and the kick-off, small mental exercises can be built in so that the goalkeeper is fully available for the game.
Mental strength during the game
A goalkeeper must also keep his nerves during the game. Here it helps to know the right mental techniques and to be able to call them up.
Mistakes happen, for example, because you are unfocused, want too much or simply overestimate yourself. That is human, but as a goalkeeper you have to be aware that a mistake usually leads to a goal.
After a goal, a goalkeeper must avoid sticking his head in the sand: If the mistake has happened, you have to be able to deal with it. A mistake can work like quicksand. Under no circumstances should the next action be approached with 110%, or even 120%. This leads to mental cramps. It is important to regain strength from small actions, to say to oneself: “I can do this! In certain situations, it can also be important that the goalkeeper talks to himself. This may help him to stay in the game or to master 1-on-1 situations. Players are allowed to try, goalkeepers must function!
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