with Brent Erwin,Grand Canyon University Assistant Coach; former goalkeeper coach with FC Dallas of the MLS (Major League Soccer); former goalkeeper coach with the U17 Men's U.S. National Team; former SMU Head CoachThe modern goalkeeper must be able to play high enough up-field to act as a sweeping defender behind a back four, thus intercepting through balls and snuffing out attacks before they even begin. However, a poor decision by a sweeper keeper can quickly leave the goal undefended. Brent Erwin lays out a clear set of principles and match triggers to help goalkeepers be decisive and effective in this video; he shares how to teach a goalkeeper when to come for the ball, and, when to prioritize protecting the goal.Using a progression of individual goalkeeper and full team practice drills, Coach Erwin demonstrates drills for getting goalkeepers off their line and out of their comfort zones in order to be explosive in 1v1 situations and full field play. You'll be able to implement strategies to improve both technical aspects of goalkeeping (body positioning and hand foot placement) and tactical understanding of body position behind defenders and in line with the ball. Ultimately, goalkeepers will develop confidence in approaching the ball off the line in practice situations in order to perform confidently in high stakes game situations.Practice SegmentsCoach Erwin breaks down this video in three main segments. He first begins his session by using only his goalkeepers in a functional, unopposed situation dealing with the technical aspects of using your hands and feet. He also addresses how to effectively use the drop step for the goalkeeper to recover back on their line.The second segment adds pressure in a 1v1 game that forces the goalkeeper to play just outside the 18 yard box. An additional element added is how goalkeepers deal with the "chip" shot from the attacker. This puts the goalkeeper in a position to have to choose to set and confront the situation or drop and stay closer to their goal.Small Sided GameThe last segment of the video is a small sided game that includes not only the goalkeepers, but how to add the entire team to address the needs of the goalkeeper in a 6v6+2 game with the field divided up in thirds. This game creates many opportunities for the goalkeeper to come out of their area to deal with different types of balls.Coach Erwin explains the teaching points he emphasizes during the game:
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