Independent Goalkeeper Academies – Goalkeeping Coaches 100% Supported

While having a conversation with a goalkeeper coach from Los Angeles about what the brand R…ch does for his company, he replied “just a bit of a discount” and was convinced that this company allowed him “to stay independent” implying that I as a J4K coach am not.  With 2 academies now running, and 3 Read more

Front Smother – Wide Stance or Tucked Knee? J4K Goalkeeper Coaches Give Insight on a Mistake by Stefan Frei.

  Stefan Frei’s mistake, similar to the Robert Green’s error in World Cup 2010 in the application of the front smother, where the ball deflects to the side and in the goal, leaves me thinking about whether goalkeeper coaches should think differently about teaching tucking the knee as the go-to in their goalkeeper training.  Should Read more

Front Smother – Should Goalkeepers always tuck the knee?

Stefan Frei’s mistake, similar to the Robert Green’s error in World Cup 2010 in the application of the front smother, where the ball deflects to the side and in the goal, leaves me thinking about whether goalkeeper coaches should think differently about teaching tucking the knee as the go-to in their goalkeeper training.  Should the Read more

Seattle Goalkeeping Training Takes the #gkunion Seriously

Seattle,Washington now hosts the World’s Largest Goalkeeper Academy and offer what no premier soccer club offers, an international perspective on soccer, quality equipment at an affordable price, world travel through the sport they love, an opportunity to train for FREE and much much more.   Coach Stephen Swanger is the Just 4 Keepers Washington State Read more

J4K Washington Hosts Affordable 2017 Soccer Camps in Seattle, Tacoma, and Skagit Valley with Liverpool FC Legend Bruce Grobbelaar, J4K Founder and Everton FC Ray Newland, and US National Team Coach Roy Howell

As a parent of two children that play soccer, choosing an affordable 2017 summer soccer goalkeeper camp just got a bit easier now that Just 4 Keepers of Washington State is welcoming a great team of professional goalkeeper coaches to join its staff  in Tacoma, Seattle, and Mt. Vernon.    Special guests include; Liverpool FC Read more

It Takes A Village: J4K Keeper Sawyer Gaffney begins his Argentina journey

  Video:  Sawyer Gaffney and Trainer Dario Herrera This past month Just 4 Keepers Washington State was in Buenos Aires, Argentina supporting Richmond Kickers and Davidson University goalkeeper Sawyer Gaffney begin his adventure chasing his dream of professional soccer.  He began his first week with a great trial experience at 1st division club Quilmes AC Read more

Muscle Memory In Soccer Depends On Development Of The Nerve Channel Not Just The Message- Getting Back To The Basics And Building Up To Them.

Learning goalkeeper technique, and skill work in soccer in general involves repetition. I’ve mentioned before how much I love repetition in learning. It’s old school I know, but after all of the pedagogical hoopla out there, in the end “Repetition is the mother of learning” whether you are working a on the contour catch, like at Just Read more

Good Habits Are Harder to Learn Than Bad Habits. Practice The Fundamentals of Goalkeeping In The Set Positon

My favorite aspect of soccer is when the game is broken down to it’s fundamental components; striking and receiving the ball.  The act of controlling the ball  to leave you and when it comes back to you: simply elegant, and it can be done alone, with a friend, a group, with competition or without.  At Read more

Gaining an International Perspective Through Goalkeeper Training

This past September was one of the few that I have not been busy preparing my classroom at the beginning of a school year.  Instead, to follow my passion for football/soccer full-time I made a commitment to the community at many levels; Coaching with Just 4 Keepers, Washington, J4K Private training,  officiating soccer games, and Regional Coordinator for Read more