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Goalkeepers are often judged on their ability to control the goal area and how they deal with crosses. Many factors have to be taken into consideration before a keeper can effectively deal with this type of service like soccer practice plans.

Where do you position yourself in the goal? When do you come out? What if there are players blocking the path to the ball? Should you always try to catch the ball? If not, should your box or deflect? What type of communication is needed with your teammates? Let’s analyze each of the following areas: position, communication, catch or box, and technique.


Flank players who are moving toward the goal line will find themselves in one of three positions. In the first position he can strike directly on goal, therefore he is still the primary practice plans The keeper must protect the near post while also anticipating a crossed ball (secondary danger).  In second position, the flank player has moved to the goal line and no longer has a good shooting angle. The area in front of the goal becomes the primary danger. At this point, the GK moves back toward the middle of the goal, where he can anticipate a crossed ball. In position No. 3, the player with the ball is now moving to the goal, where a ball can be served on the ground or in the air. The GK must now position himself to cut out the cross and not allow the ball to pass between him and the post. A goalkeeper must always determine the primary and secondary dangers on the field.





Goalkeepers will have to communicate with their teammates who are marking opponents or space in front of the goal.  Keepers need only to use two verbal commands:  “keeper” or “away.” Each is clear and with practice it can be made clear how the keeper has decided to deal with the ball. It should be clear that support is needed in the goal whenever the GK yells “keeper” and comes off his line to deal with the cross. When the communication   is “away,” the keeper has instructed his teammates to clear the ball to safety.

Catch or Box

There are several reasons why a keeper might box instead of catching the ball. Box the ball if there is too much traffic (too many players) in the box to catch the ball safely;soccer practice plans the weather has made the ball slippery and difficult to catch; or the GK has an injury which prevents safely catching the ball. Whichever technique  you decide to use, remember to box forward if you are moving forward and box backward (over the crossbar) if you are moving backward.  If you are close to the goal, deflect the ball over the crossbar with an open hand.


The keeper must work on the technique of catching air balls, the technique of boxing with two hands (to change direction), and with one hand (to continue the flight of the ball in the same direction). In addition to catching and boxing, the keeper must improve the technique of deflecting the ball with an open hand.

Practice Drills

1.  Having an understanding of the position   in goal, serve balls to flank players who move down the wing and cross balls into the box.  The flank players should vary the services — early balls from the edge of the box and others served on or near the goal line .The keeper now have the opportunity to work on his timing and technique in dealing with the crossed ball.

2. Add a back defender and repeat the same drill .The keeper must now give instructions to his teammates. Remember that the defender must give the keeper support if he leaves his box to deal with the cross.

3.  The drill now progresses towards a game-related situation. Add an opponent to strike on practice plans The decision to catch or box will become apparent as the keeper now must deal with a striker in the box.

4.  Add a second striker to create a 2 v.1 situation in the goal mouth.

5. Place two goals 40 x 44 (approximately two penalty boxes apart). Flank players will attack both goals that each will have three attackers and  two  defenders in  each half of the field .soccer practice plans Play  begins when the keeper distributes the ball to a flank player  who dribbles into the other half and crosses the ball. All players must stay in their respective halves of the field but attackers may position themselves   to strike   poorly cleared balls back on goal.


Several years ago I attended an English FA International Coaching Course, where the acronym WADA was used when dealing with crossed balls. “W” means wait for the crossed ball to come and don’t leave too early.  “A” means analyze the cross to determine whether it is going to the near or far post. “D” means decide if you are going to catch or box and finally “A” means to practice plans Come late and hard to catch or clear the ball out of the area. This is excellent advice to all keepers when dealing with crosses.


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