Goalkeeper - Side-to-Side

Chris Johnson 78,066 Views Rating 3.91 (32 Reviews)

This goalkeeper soccer drill focuses on the goalkeeper's side shuffle (side-to-side) movement and quickly getting up from the ground recovering from a dive.

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This goalkeeper soccer drill focuses on the goalkeeper's side shuffle (side-to-side) movement and quickly getting up from the ground recovering from a dive.
Drill Setup

  1. Place the keeper in a full-size goal.
  2. The coach should be about 8 yards from the goal line with a supply of soccer balls.
  3. Start with the goalkeeper shuffling side to side from post to post in the goal along the goal line.
Drill Instructions

  1. Have the goalkeeper shuffle side to side, touching each of the goalposts.
  2. The keeper should drop to the ground in a push-up position on the coach's command and quickly jump back to the ready position.
  3. The coach then tosses a ball to the goalkeeper, who catches the ball returns it to the coach.
  4. Repeat for approximately 1 minute, then rest.
Drill Variations

  • Instead of tossing the ball, knock a ball into the goalkeeper.
Drill Coaching Points

  • The keeper should shuffle quickly without crossing feet
  • The keeper should get up quickly, get feet set and get ready for a shot
  • The keeper should stay on their toes, leaning forward slightly to react to throw quickly.
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