I often ask my Goalkeeping students “what is the most important part of the body on a Goalkeeper?”
As you can imagine, the answers the kids give are all correct! Hands, feet, heads….all correct. But without the goalkeepers vision, it all falls apart. No matter how quick his/her feet or soft the hands, if the keeper can’t see the ball or loses focus for a split second…..the ball is in the back of the net!
Young goalkeeping students should practice all sorts of hand-eye coordination drills with the ball. Juggling multiple balls is great as is catching balls (of all sizes – not just soccer balls) with their vision partially blocked is great too. Take a ball and thow it over your head from the front, and catch it behind your back…see how many time in a row you can successfully catch it. Now, beat your best score!