What’s the true value of the keeper. The loneliest player on the field. Priceless if they keep a clean sheet, not worth a cent if they give a way a penalty or pull a Robert Green. Whilst at the NSCAA convention we came across some interesting data on keepers, some hearsay and some with some substance. Goalkeepers touch the ball with their feet 7 times more than they do with their hands (now we heard that from Jeff Tipping, so we’re not questioing it ), which if taken into account, will make a big difference to the training session. Goalkeeping refers usually to how they handle the ball, how you stop or deflect shots, how you pick crosses from the air etc. But a modern goalkeeper does more than that. They coordinate the defense as they haev the vision. They can also act as a sweeper if the ball goes past the last line of defense and they must have good passing skills to put his teammates. Poor distribution will result in lost possession. Coaching goalkeepers is different from coaching outfield players, so we thought we would make a mention a couple of web resources that have some great info, check these out; Academy One Goalkeeping and a useful guide from one our favorite online resources Footy4Kids Coaching the U12 Keeper.
So who is the best keeper in the world? Well they say it is Iker Casillas of Real Madrid. Check this out on youtube, and see how many time he uses his feet to positive effect.