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  1. 'Gym' side of being a keeper

    Squats lunges military press deadlifts bench press those are some good main excersies. Also do a lot of core work and plyos.
  2. Hey guys I use to post on expertfootball alot and this is one of the threads i made: Ok, well I have just started training with the St. Anthony's men team who are ranked the number 1 team in Canada and I have learned a lot from their keepers. I will put a few things have leanred so far and also I have seen the Reading FC Youth team train and put what I saw there up, right now St. Anthony's mens team train once a week because they have 4 games a week and right now are out of town for the Canada Cup High bouncing balls: This is meant if the ball is bouncing high to your area and an opponent is rushing to try to get it. set up 4 cones on each side in a random order. When your practice buddy says go knock down one cone on each side of you run towards your bud he will throw the ball high for you catch it and in the air he will give you a slight push, stay on your feet if possible if not collapse with the ball safely in your chest, then repeat till all cones are knocked down, (when hitting the cones down always face forward looking at your partner, and always shuffling, try not to look at the cones but anticipate where it is). This trains you for 50/50 balls the keeper should have that'll have a little bit of contact. Also it will help your vision by not looking at the cones and help your movenment in the goal. Crosses: This is one of those things that if you are good at you are considered a great keeper (unless you suck at everything else ) but if you suck at it, it is a big turn off especially for scouts (pro and University) no matter what your height if you can comand your box your respect level from everyone (team, opposing team, coach, spectators, and scounts) goes up. It is a thing that can help you turn a loss to an easy shut-out, it is also a good way to show your team that you take charge and when you tell them what to do they will listen. To train for this is really easy, all you need is 1 partner and 1 ball. I saw this with the Reading FC Youth team so even with its simplicity is very effective for a premiership team to use. So you stand in the middle of the goal facing the area where crosses come in (to your side) and have your partner stand like 2-3 meters away, and have his toss the ball to you (ask him to vary the height, distance, speed etc.) while you jump and catch it as if a cross, remember when catching a cross: -Jump of with one leg and have the other raised to your stomach for protection. -Try to catch the ball at the highest point -Yell "KEEPER" -Land with the ball safely in your grasp The point of this exercise is to make simple crosses second nature to you. Do it to both sides of you, and if you like you can stick someone infront of you for a little bit of traffic. Also the best practice are ones that put you in game like situation, so if you have a few people to train ask them to do corner kicks, crosses when everyone is on the run. Low Shots Another one I got from Reading FC. Stand in the middle of the goal, shuffle to your left and touch the post start shuffling back and have a partner shoot the ball low and hard to the right post, either save of catch if possible, repeat.
  3. ok so this is a thread for all goalkeepers and also players who would want to know what happens in the goal keepers mind on penalties! I was at practice and we had a ex-pro running it, and he did this thing with me on how to read penalties. First off: The run up: Where does the player start his run? Say he is a right footer, and say there is a clock around the ball, you being 6 pm. Say the player starts at around 1pm, it means he is going to shoot to the left (keepers right). If he starts at around 2-2:30pm, it means he will shoot right (keepers left). Be warned it doesnt mean he WILL shoot that way but it is statistics, it is harder for the player to shoot the other way if he starts in that postion ,ie. he starts at 1pm and shoots right, keepers left, cause the hip doesnt usually swing that way, but if he does its no problem because it is much harder to hit the target. Hips: The hips are a main thing to look at when deciding your penalty but this is more advanced because you dont make your guess before the shoot, you make it half a second before, so your reflexes must be really good. The hip will always swing to the direction the player will shoot, so if you see the hip swinging toward the right thats where he will shoot, practice this a lot to get the hang of it, you dont even have to save it just sit in the middle of the net and have someone shoot penalties while you observe. Landing foot: This is the best way to decide where the shooters is aiming but also the hardest, you must be very quick, and have great reflexes. Right before the player shoots, look at his landing foot and where its pointing, he will always point to the dierction he wants to go unless he forces himself to move it, but as soon as you see the foot point to a dierction your reflexes must kick in and jump to that area, because you wil have no time for anything else, the only time you have is the time it takes for his leg to swing. Follow all these routines and you will be a huge favourtie to win the penalty battle. Here are some statistics that will help you in saving a penalty: - In the 1998 World Cup players usually (70%) shot to the oppiste corner from their shooting foot, ie. a right footed player shot to his left (keepers right). - A well struck penalty into the top self of the net is a 100% goal even if its a ameteur player vs a pro keeper. - And players looking to fool keepers with these points above, only the really good and experinced keepers will know them, so you make the judgement. Any Questions, dont hesitate to ask.