A common question parents of Goalkeepers ask, “Does my player really need separate Goalkeeper training? It seems like he/she gets lots of shots in his/her team practices.”

If all the Goalkeeper training a player gets is having teammates shoot mercilessly on them, without any assistance/guidance from a position coach, then it’s not helping much. What’s the saying….it takes years to undo something that has been learned incorrectly? The skill set and technique of a Goalkeeper is entirely different than that of field players. Although there are some shared components, the core of Goalkeeping is unique. Instructing the keeper to “go play in goal” while the field players rip shots may seem like it’s helping both filed players and keepers, but it’s real function is to help the field player improve shooting, not the Goalkeeper with proper technique in saving those shots.

Professional clubs have their own Goalkeeper coach/trainer that work with the keepers separately and then draws them into small sided situations and game scenarios to reinforce skills being trained. However, many local clubs don’t have that luxury, so goalkeeper training in Northern Virginia is available with Just 4 Keepers to help fill that void. Or, if they do have a GK coach, the common complaint is that they have too many players at too many different skill levels to make any training meaningful.

Goalkeeper training with Just 4 Keepers is specific, concentrated, and focused on the skills necessary for a Goalkeeper to be successful for whatever team or level they play. Repetition is a key element as well as realistic situations that boost confidence and determination. Picture a typical team practice in your mind. How many successful, realistic repetitions are afforded the keeper? With players attempting to score with each opportunity, the keeper may only get touches on a quarter of balls that he/she would be getting with Goalkeeper focused training.

Just 4 Keepers of Northern Virginia provides the environment to help the goalkeeper grow – in confidence and skill in a year-round program designed for keepers by keepers. Come check us out!