I have had several parents (and even coaches) ask why does my keeper need to find a goalkeeping coach? My first response is to normally say, “Ask Tim Howard or any other pro keeper!” However, I normally just ask “how much training does your keeper get at practice?” The normal answer is “NOT MUCH!”
What does that look like for goalkeepers? I recently sat down with some of my keepers in Alabama and came up with some goals. With some it was catching 20 balls flawlessly without dropping. Some others wanted to get better on their collapse dives. Two wanted to increase the length of their power dives. Another good goal is catching crosses cleanly.
A lot of goalkeepers and their parents struggle to find the proper training in an area dominated by football and baseball, like Alabama. It is even harder to find a qualified goalkeeper trainer that has not only trained others, but played at a very high level. Well, the good news is that you do not have to look very far anymore.
If you want to make it to the next level…then do WORK. You can’t rely off of natural talent. Read about Cristiano Ronaldo, Tim Howard, Lebron James, Michael Jordan, etc. They made the hard decision at a very young age to train at their sport.
As a goalkeeper, communication is more commands and direction. They have to be short, simple and to the point. You can’t talk in sentences. For example, I wouldn’t say, “John, you have a guy coming down your left side. Watch him.” I would instead yell, “John, look left!” A keeper needs to state the obvious.