One of the most important things we teach our goalkeeper students when we do are goalkeeper training in Plymouth , Devon is the important of technique of commanding your area and coming for those crosses.
Now every goalkeeper should learn to command their six yard box, and if you can grow your confidence to come for crosses even further, this gives more confidence to the team and will most certainly make you stand out ahead of your competition.
When I do my goalkeeper training in Plymouth on coming for a cross, the below are the main pointers I teach.
One. Make sure you are in the correct position when the opposing player is about to cross.
This means the angle of your body , how far you are off your line and standing in the correct position in goal .
Two: Another important point is to make sure your defenders are not on top of you, one blocking your run and two, playing the opposition onside.
Three: When the ball is crossed, MAKE YOUR DECISION EARLY . Do you stay or go.
If you decide to stay, quickly give a big loud clear shout of AWAY! This enables defenders to deal with the ball.
If you decide to come, this time make a big quick clear shout of ‘KEEPERS!’
Four: Make sure you time your run, so you do not get under the ball and you want to make sure you take off early and judge the ball so you catch the ball at your highest point.In line and down the line of the ball.
Five: The highest point needs to be how high you have jumped, plus your arms at full length.
Six: Always have your knee up to protect you from the opposing players running in
Also, if possible depending on your experience and the experience of your team coach, ask your coach to tell your defenders that when you shout keepers to come and collect the cross, that they protect you by blocking the opposing run of the opposition players.
And remember the only way you are going to get better at coming for crosses is practice through repetition, so make sure you go over the same crossing drills time and time again.
If you look at the best goalkeepers in the world, they only become the best by practicing more than the average,
And this is what I do when I teach my students when we do our goalkeeper training in Plymouth , and that is practice any goalkeeping technique, time and time again, and even when you get better practice somemore.
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