Goalkeeper Training in Washington

Stephen Wilson Swanger


Fircrest - Lacey - NorTac/Sparta Soccer Club - Lakewood - Tukwila - Spanaway - Poulsbo

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2018 Just4keepers National ID Goalkeeper Camps

J4K is the leading and largest goalkeeper academy globally currently operating in 30 countries and with over 10,000 goalkeepers and parents trusting J4K for their weekly development.

July 6 – 7          Gig Harbor, Washington

August 23-24     Renton, Washington


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Current Academies

Interested in hosting an academy in your area?  Please email Just 4 Keepers.

– RENTON ACADEMY – Please Contact 4 details. 
Day –Tuesday Evenings – Hosted by Southlake Soccer Club
Location – Hazen High School 1101 Hoquiam Ave NE, Renton, WA 98059
Times –  General Academy (9-13) 6:00pm-7:00pm, High School Academy (14+) 8:00pm-9:00pm

– OLYMPIA/LACEY ACADEMY *Special Spring Session
Day  – Every other Wednesday – April 4 – June 13 (No training 6/6)
Location – Horizon Pointe Park  5700 Balustrade Blvd SE, Lacey, Washington 98513
Times – 
General Academy (9-12) 530pm-7:00pm (Please email J4K WA for info on High School academy)
Registration Link: https://goalkeepercamps.wufoo.com/forms/x1blr40j0xyx464/

– STARFIRE ACADEMY – Please Contact 4 details. 
Day  – Thursday Evenings – Hosted by Eagleclaw FC
Location – Starfire Sports, Tukwila, WA 98188
Times – General Academy (12-15) 4:30pm – 6:00pm

– SPANAWAY ACADEMY *Special Spring Session
Day  –Every Friday, Apr 6 – Jun 22
Location –Bethel Middle School , 22001 38th Ave E, Spanaway, WA 98387
Times – General Academy (9-12) 5:00pm-6:15pm, High School Academy (13+) 6:30pm-7:45pm
Registration Link: https://goalkeepercamps.wufoo.com/forms/j4k-spanaway-goalkeeping-spring-session/

– TACOMA/FIRCREST ACADEMY *Special Spring Session
Day  – Every Sunday, April 15 – June 10
Location –Whittier Elementary
Times –  Developing Academy (10-12) 3:30pm – 4:45pm Advanced Development Academy (13+) 5:00pm-6:15
Registration Link: https://goalkeepercamps.wufoo.com/forms/tacomafircrest-gk-academy-spring-session/

Keepers from all clubs welcome!
 – Mondays and Thursdays <– Please note
Location –Vassault Park Tacoma – 6100 N 37th St, Tacoma, WA 98407
Times –  Please Note
Mondays, High School Academy (Ages 13+)  7:00pm-8:15pm,
Thursdays General Academy, 7:00pm- 8:15pm  (Ages 8-12)
Registration Link: https://goalkeepercamps.wufoo.com/forms/nortacsparta-soccer-club-goalkeeping-academy/

Days  – Tuesdays and Fridays BEGINNING MAY 23rd!
Location –Fort Steilacoom Park, 87th Avenue Southwest, Lakewood, WA
Times – Please note
Tuesdays General Academy,  (Ages 8-12) 5:15pm to 6:30pm,
Fridays High School Academy (Ages 13+)  5:15pm to 6:30pm
Registration Link: https://goalkeepercamps.wufoo.com/forms/lakewood-goalkeeping-academy/

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ALL trainings use the Just 4 Keepers Curriculum and Evaluation System  that consists of the Technical, Tactical, Mental and Physical aspects of the game with weekly progressions  with technical sessions focussed on the following skills:

  1. Correct Catching Technique
  2. Basic Diving Techniques (Low; Mid Height Shots)
  3. Footwork
  4. Angle Play
  5. Deflecting and Parrying
  6. Breakaways
  7. Dealing With Crossed Balls
  8. Distribution – Punting/Drop Kicks/Goal Kicks/Throwing
  9. Fast Reactions; Dealing with Un-catchable balls
  10. Advanced Diving Techniques (High Shots)
  11. Communication; Organization of Set Plays (Free Kicks/Corner Kicks/Long Throw Ins; Penalty Kicks)
  12. Recap Session

Filling the void in goalie training by teaming up with clubs for clinics and camps, and running weekly goalkeeper acadamies.

Just4Keepers of Washington has been established by director Stephen Swanger, to fill a void in goalkeeper training in the state. Often times, keepers are the most overlooked position when it comes to regular team training. Soccer coaches often just don’t have the time or experience to work to develop their keepers as you might a field player. It is for this very reason that we founded J4K of Washington in partnership with the Just 4 Keepers | Goalkeeper coaching around the world organization.   Interested in hosting a clinic at a venue near you? Contact J4K Washington today!  

About Stephen Swanger 

Since becoming a Coaching Director for Just 4 Keepers Stephen Swanger has trained hundreds of goalkeepers throughout the Pacific Northwest Rocky Mountain Region. Stephen has worked as a Goalkeeper Trainer for Bainbridge Island FC, North Kitsap, Southlake SC, and Eagleclaw FC, and Nortac/Sparta, and starting Fall 2018, the goalkeeper coach at Belleview College, and has worked with dozens of clubs running goalkeeper clinics and coaching coarses.   He has over 25 years of experience coaching at all levels. His greatest experiences are training with professional clubs in Chile and Bolivia with goalkeepers from the 1st and 2nd divisions and playing on the US Army selection.
Stephen has a Masters degree in education and seasoned coach and teacher, Spanish speaker, and a life-long student of the game. He brings a passion unlike many others and unique insights to the goalkeeping position learned from mentor Ray Newland of Everton FC and around the world playing the game, and bases session plans from Just 4 Keepers’ curriculum on proven pedagogical learning and teaching methods endorsed by the USSF and FIFA.  All goalkeeper coaches who work with Coach Swanger share the passion for coaching goalkeepers and are insured with thorough background checks, and maintain the high standards expected by our Just 4 Keepers international group of professional coaches from 34 countries around the world.

Just 4 Keepers Washington Goalkeeping Camps have had the privilege of coaching 100’s through the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region.

Help Just 4 Keepers Washington in our support for Cascadia Now!

As our Goalkeeper Academy grows in the Puget Sound area we want to give back to the community that supports us. In that effort we are pledging $10.00 for every J4K Hydro Hybrid Goalkeeper Glove to Cascadia Now! who in turn donates their time and resources to protecting our bio region, promoting community, creating a vision for the Pacific Northwest. Join us in our support by clicking the image below by purchasing directly through wa.j4ksports.com today. Thank you! J4K Washington pledges to donate $5.00 for every J4K Hybrid glove sold on wa.j4ksports.com to Cascadia Now! Click the image to purchase your gloves today!

________________________________________________________________________________________ All J4K students are eligible for a 30% discount on Goalkeeper Gloves and Goalkeeper Equipment exclusively at wa.j4ksports.com To  Register as a J4K student the cost is $47.00 and you receive a pair of gloves and a shirt. Academy Registration: https://just4keepers.com/just4keepers-academy-registration/

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM JUST4KEEPERS WASHINGTON? Do you want consistent high intensity, action packed goalkeeper Coaching? If yes, you cannot miss the Just4keepers International Goalkeeping Academy of Washington State. Just4keepers is now the biggest goalkeeper school in the world. In 20 years of operation J4K has helped over 1000 young keepers achieve their dream of getting to professional clubs around the world.   Our success is second to none, and our cadre of J4K coaches in the Pacific Northwest want to provide the same opportunities to you! Just4keepers is a services to ALL Goalies!   J4K will officially guarantee fun, learning and most importantly, IMPROVEMENT!  Just4Keepers Washington offers specialist intensive training via clinics and camps, and weekly sessions to boys and girls from recreational levels  to professionals! J4K also offer private one-to-one sessions. These sessions are very popular, your keepers will need to book early to avoid disappointment. Training is designed to meet goalkeepers at their individual needs to help them become the best keeper that they can be. Whether goalkeepers come to Just4Keepers for fun and to learn, or they are more serious about their goalkeeping, there is something for everyone.

Goalkeeper Camps for the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountains – Staff for 2018!

Soccer camp season with Just 4 keepers is coming soon!  These are for all soccer players learning the goalkeeping position for the first time or long-time goalies.  Dates are being finalized soon. But, we will be starting Spring Break dates Washington and Montana and in May we’ll be in Wyoming and South Dakota and in June back to Montana and Washington. After the successful year of goalkeeper training in 2017, Soccer Camps 2018 this year we have a diverse staff led by Coaching Director Stephen Swanger who has recruited coaches, some old friends too, from around the USA and the world.  There are more names to add in the coming months.