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  2. Glove addiction

    I buy some just for collection purposes but that's an indulgence i can't really afford 😂
  3. EDGE AW1 Classic Review

    My review for Martin Edge Paquin's EDGE AW1 Classic gloves with photos included! Any questions feel free to ask! Glove Make & Model : Edge AW1 Classic Cut : Hybrid Cut Latex : 4.5mm Contact Internal Latex : No Wrist Strap : Latex Wrist Entry : Elastic wrist entry Glove Body : Micro-mesh, 3.5mm German latex backhand Finger Protection : Yes removable Price : C$46+ C$10 postage (30.5 pounds) (got them for 22$ CAD or 12 pounds inc. postage from a promo offer) Where from : edgegk.ecwid.com First Impressions As said in their name, they are definitely a classic!! Combination of white and black, you can’t go wrong with them look-wise. Fit-wise I am a size 11 but I felt I could easily fit in a 12 in these. But I generally like a snug fit for my gloves so I wasn’t so bothered of this. Otherwise felt great on hand with no edges (get me?) from the inside making them uncomfortable and plastic film was easily removed. Having small wrists was always a problem for me but these didn’t feel too bulky, instead they fit very well when having some wrist protections on! Concluding, I had them prewashed by hand 2 times before using just to be sure!! Use These have been used 12 times in games, on grass pitches from real hot to heavy raining weather. Really muddy pitches when raining and stone rough when in a drought period. Having only used big brands (Adidas, Nike, Puma to be precise) before I wore them in my first game without expecting much with reserve gloves on the bag. 12 games after and I am not so keen on changing them in the near future! Grip was the best I had ever gotten with the only exception being the first 2-3 nike profi uses. They are stable enough so no need to drag them back to their place after every shot saved. Dampened them usually 2-3 times in each half when it was not raining and that was more than enough to keep the grip alive. In rainy conditions as long as the huge amounts of mud was wept with a towel, grip had little difference as to the dry conditions one. Definitely the glove I’ve felt most comfortable playing with! Shock absorption is good, no problems facing even the hardest shots. After 12 games these have very few scuffs on the one palm which I was surprised by considering all of my previous gloves had palm problems after maximum 10 games. Only problem is a fading of the colors on the backhand which is no problem for me. That’s the reason I don’t intend on degrading them to training gloves in the near future as I said! Ratings (out of 10) Looks 9 Fit 7.5 Build Quality 8.5 Dry Grip 8.5 Wet Grip 7.5 Durability 9 Overall 8.5 Conclusion Overall a great glove. Design by Martin is outstanding and innovative while retaining the classic part!! Never let me down grip-wise, it is a pleasure wearing them every time! Would definitely recommend them, value for money is next to none when comparing with the big brands!! These were my first independent brand gloves so can’t compare with other such brands! Pictures http://s1356.photobucket.com/user/anaggeo/library/?view=recent&page=1
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  5. What got you into goalkeeping?

    Started some training at about 6 years old and we got split into 3 teams at age 7 to be entered into an under 8's league. My dad was our manager and he asked if anybody wanted to go in goal and after a slight hesitation I was the only one to raise my hand!! Never looked back since and I can't even begin to imagine myself outfield, I just love the position haha. My dad was always a goalkeeper and I used to watch him when I was younger so I reckon that's why I wanted to do it!
  6. Glove addiction

    I'm in a similar boat, I buy multiple pairs per year. But instead of holding them, will generally sell them on if I don't like the feel etc. In almost every case use the ones I keep.
  7. Your Strengths & Weaknesses

    I'd say my strengths are 1v1's, handling and claiming most high balls whereas my weaknesses are my kicking, speed and corners as I struggle to assess the flight of the ball and any curve and my mental strength...but I'm working on that!
  8. Glove addiction

    So just wondering on average how many pairs of gloves you guys buy per year? Despite only playing intermittently these days, i have somehow acquired a ridiculous stash in the last 6 or 7 years, mainly due to the internet availability and increased choices compared to when i was younger. It's got to the stage where i would have enough to play for a couple of lifetimes so my buying has definitely got out of hand and with bills on the increase, i feel i really need to scale back the buying. So hard though. Anyone else have this problem?
  9. Your Strengths & Weaknesses

    Strengths- talking and organising. I consider my distribution from throws and kicking from my hands to be decent when i concentrate! Kicking off the ground is a major weakness.Also, a bit vulnerable to low shots close to the body. Lack of upper body strength is another weakness but that's my own fault.
  10. What got you into goalkeeping?

    Funnily enough, i didn't rate Zenga at all. he had a great defence in front of him and was a bit of a flash git with his porn chain and greasy hair. Loved the camera saves.
  11. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Cliub seems to be on the ball about gettign the game footage out fast lately: http://www.hudl.com/v/29ea3V
  12. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Extremely busy week for Wyatt despite be on spring break from school. Game wise his team faced off for the 3rd time versus the U14 DA team from Lonestar. First game they lost 3-2 and second game was the 5-1 loss that sparked the coaching change for Wyatt's team. The team was still riding high from the 2-1 win over the their in town rivals FC Dallas last weekend, so they came in with a lot of energy and high spirits. The reserve keeper was still out so Wyatt again was minding the net solo. The centerback was still out injured so the team played a modified lineup again with some more changes. The coach opted with the heat and the fast pace of the last two games to start with half the reserves on to wear down the opposition and then bring in fresh legs in waves to keep up the pressure. Tactically sound, but it did place our weakest reserve center back in a starting slot, so Wyatt had a little more to do then normal. Unlike last game he didn't have too many crosses to deal with, but spent lots of time collecting and distributing short balls, chips, and crosses. He went with throws alot, much more accurate then his punts for distributions and made it easier to transition to attack for his squad and keep the pressure on the other team. He came up big a few times to prevent go ahead goals for Lonestar as well. He made a really nice point blank save on the line to deny a goal. He also came out in a very alkward looking move and jump about 5 yards out of the box to stop a break away from developing, then later got a hand to a 1v1 to deflect it before taking a hit from the charging player for his trouble. Overall a very good game for him as he held the shut to help his team to the 1-0 win. Added bonus was being able to do so in front of the national team scout. After the game during the post game talk the coach made little speech to the team while they were busy congragulating the goal scorer that they all needed to think about Wyatt. He said as a keeper no one would remember the two big saves he made to keep them in the game so the forward could score the goal. That folks would only remember the goal, but despite not getting any glory and tons of grief when goals are allowed, that Wyatt still works hard, shows up all the time, does extra work, and still plays keeper for them. He told them that is what a real soccer player does. Wyatt really appreciated it and it seemed to hit a note with some of the boys. With it being spring break Wyatt spent Monday thru Thursday for 3 hours a day doing keeper camp with his private goal keeping coach. They worked throug a variety of drills and skills, starting off with a tune up style process and then on to refining some of the more technical skills like punt types, dead balls, and dealing with set pieces. They also got to play some fun keeper games to make all not work. Team had three good outdoor practices, focusing alot of movement on and off the ball as a unit and working to contain and pressure opponents trying to build from the back. Last session they worked alot on set piece defense and then while the field players were working on passing games/drills Wyatt worked with the striker on learning to take kicks with his left foot (which by the way was off he scored in the game). Wyatt also had two club keeper sessions, first one was technical work on dives and making followup saves after deflecting or parrying high balls. Second session was all about defending corners and crosses into the box. And as always he had a Friday night pre-game session with the private keeper coach where they just worked through the standard technical drills that they do. Final treat for the weekend for Wyatt was going to a talent ID camp to try out for a travel team going to Germany to train and play for a few weeks over the summer. The group does several clinics across the US so when this one was close (3 hours away) we decided to give it a shot. Wyatt really enjoyed it. They didn't have to many keepers, but they had enough to provide one to each group. Wyatt got picked to work with the U17/18 players. He did well with them, getting a much better save percentage then any of the other keepers working with age groups closer to their own. The other U14 who was there was placed with the U13/14 group and didn't show to well. Wyatt went on to keep for a combo team of U17, U15/14 boys versus the U18, U15, and U13 players. He ended the evening with a 3-0 shut out, spending most the time playing sweeper and commanding the defense and mids really well. Afterwards, we stopped for dinner and ran into the coaches/evaluators and Wyatt got some really good feedback, including the fact that he made a really good impression and they expected to offer him a slot on one of the teams for the summer. So now we are into the last week before the Dallas Cup, a big interntion youth tournament here in town that has been running for over 30 years. Wyatt's team will face off against teams from Japan, southern California and North Carolina in group play. IF they make it out there are teams from england, mexico, germany, and around the US waiting to face them in knock out stages.
  13. What got you into goalkeeping?

    Back on topic, I was at school and a lot of the others had gotten into football, i was asked to play, i dint have a clue what was going on, they stuck me in goal. i had a bunch of kids running at me, with the front one with the ball. next thing i knew i was looking at the sky........the striker had taken a shot and it had hit me on the head, knocking me over. but i had saved it and everyone was saying well done.......i was hooked from there inwards.
  14. What got you into goalkeeping?

    I agree he was past his prime, and at times he should of held stuff better but back then you also had the luxury of a back pass. But I think he had a good tournament(looked his age on the West Germany free kick and made a mistake against italy) That said, he was 40 playing in a world cup and got to the semi final. I thought Zenga was the best keeper of the tournament, and I would put Shilton second.
  15. Back again

    Welcome back Big R
  16. That Team You Hate For No Apparent Reason

    Norwich - no idea why i just hate them
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  18. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Video came out quick again and I think I finally got the hang of the updated editor. U14 DA Game 18 vs FC Dallas
  19. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    No film yet, but a much better game then the previous weekend. The games versus FC Dallas are always good, sort of the Derby for Dallas DA teams. The reserve keeper was out so Wyatt had the net solo again all game, although I don't think with the game being so close he would have subbed Wyatt out to give the reserve a few minutes anyways. Game started with some major roster changes to account for recent injuries and also to try adn start fitting boys into better spots. For starters the holding mid and attacking mid were moved back to centerbacks in a 4 42. The one healthy center mid was moved up to defensive mid almost a sweeper like position. The winger moved over to attacking mid, and two mids became wingers, with two regular starting forwards. The new coach also had them play a much higher line with Wyatt wandering around alot 25 - 40 yards from the goal line to keep the back line pushed up over the half. This kept the other team pinnned back in their half alot and let Wyatt's team control possession a lot better then they have been the first half of the season. For Wyatt's part he focused a lot of his goal kicks and punts, trying to better at connecting with the forwards and mids. He had some work to do in the box, as when FCD got the ball they tended to counter really quick so he had to control the line dropping back and set himself up for saves. He made a really nice 1 v1 on a break away and collected a few other balls in the box to get his team 2-0 through the first half. The first goal came off a keeper error, under pressure the opposing keeper played out a backpass a little panicky right to our attacking mid for 1-0. Right after that the attacking mid went out throwing up and his reserve came in and scored a few minutes later off a bad punt from the opposing keeper. Second half, FCD rallied a little bit and pushed pack into Wyatt's half for a while, but the defense and Wyatt worked well together up until the attacking mid who had moved back to centerback for the game fouled a player in the box ofr a PK to make it 2-1. Wyatt shook it off and kept at it to see the game out to a 2-1 win for his team. Practice was almost normal for him this week. I was out of town for the first half, so his mom was on soccer duty. Monday the team met for conidtioning and to review he last game since the fields were still closed. Tuesday they got back to practice and worked a lot of 2v2 defending and attacking drills, Wyatt spent most of that handling back passes and distributions and only saw one shot on goal. Wednesday the new back line trained with the coaches U15 team to get some more time in to jell.Thursday Wyatt had team practice and some keeper training, but the coach pulled him out of it early to work with the team on defending corners and set piece free kicks. Outside of the game and team practice he had two priavte keper sessions. As always they worked the basic technical skills, but this week they also focused on movement across the goal, then abrupt changes in direction to react to change in shot direction, which meant lots of foot speed and work drills. This week is spreing break for him, but team and club keeper training is scheduled as normal. He is doing a 4 day keeper camp for about 3 hours a day as well, and will still have his regular private session Friday and a game versus Lonestar, the team that beat them 1-5 and led to the coaching change, on Saturday. Then Sunday we are headed out to an ID camp to see if he can get a slot of a travel team heading to train in play in Germany for part of the summer. So busy week.
  20. That Team You Hate For No Apparent Reason

    Burnley and Wycombe Wanderers. Can't stand either people of them.
  21. Hey Dudes

    Hi. I am back on this forum again. My name is Sierra. I am 13 years old. I started goalkeeping 2 and a half years ago. I played professional futsal before. I am a goalkeeper on Woodbridge Strikers. A lot of peple say that I'm good at goalkeeping, but I think I'm alright. I'm really good at diving, and my reflexes are amazing. My weakness is goalkicks and shots that are high. I look forward to getting to know the other goalkeepers on this forum.
  22. That Team You Hate For No Apparent Reason

    1. PSG 2. Chelsea 3. Uruguay
  23. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    The got the video out really quick this time. We also recorded some ourselves since Wyatt wanted to look at how he was moving off the ball and when the play is out of frame on the team footage. U14 DA Game 17 vs Houston Dynamo
  24. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Finally the weather cooperated and Wyatt was able to play a game this weekend after exactly a month of no games and very few practices they got out on the pitch. Was an interesting game versus the toughest team in the divison, the Houston Dynamo MLA U14 Academy team. It was also the first game under the new coach along with a chance for the boys to try out the updated formation and playing more of a high pressure game. Final score was a 1-4 loss, but overall it wasn't as bad as it sounded. The reserve keeper is out with a broken growth plate in his big toe/foot so Wyatt was solo keeping and had the whole game in the net. Wyatt pushed his defense up high and was usually 20-30 yeards off his line most the time. The boys still aren't back passing and using him to relieve pressure as much, but he made sure he was still presenting an option/outlet for play. First goal was came in from a play through the center with the defensive mid and centerback not trasking back and containing the Dynamo player. Wyatt's team countered quickly though and evened it up 1-1, then almost scored again but had it called back as offsides, just to have the same play happen again and Wyatt coming out for the save, but getting beat to go 1-2. Wyatt did come up big at one point, getting a good leap and hand to swat away a shot to the upper 90 far post. Second half the coach started making subs and moved the attacking mid to centermid. This disrupted play a bit and the right back going out trowing up after the first half didn't help as boys had to adjust to cover. The team started playing a bit more like earlier in the season at this point and lost momentum and started struggling with passing and started playing the long ball. They had few more looks at goal, but couldn't connect, while Wyatt scooped up so loose balls and punched out a corner kick. A later corner kick got lost in the box and then a sub for the other centerback hacked it hard into the goal to make it 1-3. Wyatt still tried to keep the team in it, making a few more saves, but got a little to aggressive after his main centerback got hacked down and injured in the box. Wyatt wound up fouling the attacker and giving up a PK. He did a good job setting up and guessed right, but just missed the ball to make it 1-4 as the clock wound down to the end of the game. Overall, despite the loss, Wyatt had a decent game. The coach wants him to work on his accuracy with his goal kicks, but also needs theh team to work on how to receive them. Alot of times they stand there and get beat to the ball or try and just head flick it on with out any real purpose. Wyatt had the one really nice flying save and also worked a bit on varying up his distributions, he punted, rolled and had one really nice throw for distributions from the save. And on his goalkicks got good distance and mixed in some better side distributions. He also got in some nice backpasses, keeping pretty calm with the ball at his feet. Outside of the game it was a pretty busy week. The team got in two indoor training session which focused a lot on playing high pressure and moving the ball better. Since the other keeper was out they didn't scrimmage to much, but did work on some striking and finishing with Wyatt in the net. No club keeper training, but he did get in two sessions with the private trainer. After two weekends with out running a session, the first one focused on just getting the keepers moving and working on basics. Second session yesterday focuses a lot on positioning and defending angles and shots to farpost low and high. Wyatt got right back on track with those and did reallly well. He also did two sessions with the new soccer skills group he joined last week, first one focusing on touches and foot speed and the second on ball movement and control Finally he also got in a long session with the club trainer working on agility, speed, and various control and striking drills. This week the weather is supposed to be clear and hopefully the fields will be open. The coach has said rather then going indoors they will probably go the the community college if the fields are closed and work on conditioning and openning up and ball movement. This coming weekend they face off against FC Dallas's academy team. They beat them 2-0 last time, so I am expecting the game to be really exciting. Hopefully they will settle in to the new style and coaching by then.
  25. Fantasy Football 2017

    So are we having any prizes this year?? Haven't heard news since!!
  26. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Well the monsoon season continued, keeping Wyatt's team trpped indoors for practice and canceling yet another game. The two indoor practices had both Wyatt's team and the older U15 squad training together. Coach focused a on two touch passing, trying to get the boys to understand passing isn't just dumping the ball and thinking ahead. Wyatt really liked the sessions and did really well as both a field player and a sweeper during the drills. Tghursday night they ended with some speed games lasting 5 minutes a pop. Wyatt only got eliminated 1 time and forced to take a break after making 30+ saves in a row at one point. Coach pulled him out becuase he started getting really agresive about coming out and challenging as far as the half-way line. Tuesday night the reserve keeper came out on a 50/50 ball and instead of collecting it stuck his foot out to poke it away and got stepped on for the effort. He got a broken growth plate in his toe for the effort and looks to be out for the next 6 weeks at a minimum. So Wyatt will be minding the goal for the next three games and the big upcoming tournament solo unless he gets released for play sooner. Since everything else has been shut down lately, Wyatt decided to add another training session to his schedule. HE started up with the skills training group he did some holiday camps with. The training group primarily works on foot skills, passing and movement on and off the ball. Wyatt went in all stealth mode with the high school crowd, holding his own quite well. Finally one of the players recognized him and started making fun of a couple of the players for getting beaten by a goalie. This week we are back indoors as the rain will continue until mid-week, but after that its sunny and clear for awhile, so they may actually get a game in this weekend and back to practicing outdoor next week.
  27. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Looks like no game this weekend due to weatther again, but they finall got us the video from the last game. U14DA Game 16 vs Lonestar
  28. Wyatt's 2017-2018 Season

    Another week of wonky weather and a mixed up practice schedule. The game this week was canceled due to weather again, but Wyatt did get a scrimmage in. He lent a hand to the clubs U13 DA in a game versus the U15 girls DA team, which was a game of smalls (boys) vs. talls (girls). Wyatt was the tallest player though and looked way out of place with his friends on the U13 team. They played 4 25 minute quarters, with Wyatt taking the second and fourth ones. First quarter the boys scored early off a good series of passing and long posssion, but the girls started putting alot of pressure on and tied it up 1-1 before Wyatt came in. His orders from the coach were to player sweeper, keep the back line high, and apply alot of pressure to the girls line. He did a pretty good job, spending most his time out of the box, sweeping up loose balls. Made two says, one was a nice diving block to his right when the center back played a bad pass that got picked off and came right back in Wyatt's face. Second one was to come out and collected a corner kick in traffic before the big forward could be her head to it. He also came out and cleared a through ball with the same player right in his face. He pulled back a hair at teh last second so he didn't slam into her, but he cleared the ball pretty hard off of her and into the parking lot over the stands. Third quarter the U13 keeper was back and and doing pretty good, but at 5'2" the girls started tryign to chip him and finally got a free kick in over his head and hands to make 1-2. Wyatt came in to see the scrimamage out, made another nice parry save on a 1v1 and did a fair share of backpassing and managing of the back line to keep things steady while the boys went on to score 2 more time to end winning 3-2. Team practice wise, Wyatt got in two practices, both which focused on gettign the boys back into a possession/high pressure style of play that they used the last two years. Wyatt likes the switch as it gives him more to do, and by forcing the defense higher gives him more time to deal with breakaways and not having things pop up from turnover's at the top of the 18 like it has seemed to be happening alot lately. He had one club keeper session, where he got to train with the older keeper group. The trainer said he would probably move him up to that group more often, but wants to have him focus more on his technical skills at the moment. Wyatt also had one private keeper session that focused on handling balls and saves in a crowded box. Featured lots of extra bodies and blocking dummies that had to set behing and then play through to make the save. Other then that Wyatt had his mom take him up to the local school field on the day his game had been scheduled for and they worked out for an hour on his dive form. He has been focusing on getting a good first step and throwing his off knee to drive the dive. Worked out well since the fields were so wet and soft. However, the amount of mud he got coated in meant I had to hose him down in the driveway before letting him into the house. Tis week the weather has his team practicing indoors which means not club keeper training, and his private coach is out of town. So he will also be doing some solo work to get ready for his game this weekend as they head out of town to face the weakest team in the divison.
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