Filed under: Dave Clarke, Soccer Coaching, Soccer Fitness, Soccer News, Soccer Refereeing, Soccer Skills, Soccer Team Management, Soccer Training, Uncategorized | Tags: counter attack, distribution, drills, goalkeeper, play out from back, practice
Goalkeepers like nothing better than having the ball in their hands, running to the edge of their area, then blasting it into the sky.
But throw-outs can be better, not to mention more valuable, because the ability to throw the ball quickly and accurately is becoming an increasingly important skill for goalkeepers in the modern game.
Many of the world’s top keepers can throw the ball more than half the length of the pitch, and the distance and accuracy they can achieve is a big counter-attacking weapon for the team.
The overarm throw allows your goalkeeper to clear the ball over a long distance and at a great height. And it can be more accurate than kicking the ball.
Here’s my seven-step guide for goalkeepers looking to master the art of the long throw:
- Tell your goalkeeper to adopt a side-on position and put their weight on the back foot.
- Your goalkeeper’s throwing hand needs to be positioned under the ball, and their throwing arm kept straight.
- The non-throwing arm must point in the direction of the target.
- The goalkeeper can then bring this arm down as the throwing arm comes through in an arc over the top of their shoulder.
- The goalkeeper’s weight should be transferred forward as the ball is released.
- It is similar to a bowler’s action in cricket.
- Over long distances, get your player to concentrate on powering the arm downwards on the same line as the target spot. This will help with his accuracy.
Filed under: Dave Clarke, Soccer Coaching, Soccer Fitness, Soccer News, Soccer Refereeing, Soccer Skills, Soccer Team Management, Soccer Training | Tags: 4v4, defending, play out from back, small-sided game
One of the things that is important in playing out from the back is the pass from the goalkeeper out to a defender in space. This is an important part of the tactic. A pass that puts the defender under pressure will usually end up in disaster.
A good first pass and the defenders are on their toes ready for the ball.
Play this game which keeps the defenders on their toes but gives them a target to aim at.
Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum)
One full-sized goal
Two teams of four players
Three mini target goals
One team starts the game as the attacking team.
One team starts the game as the defending team.
The keeper starts the practice with the ball in his hands.
The defending team must attempt to pass out of defence and into one of the mini goals in order to score a goal.
The attacking team must try to win the ball and shoot into the net to score a goal.
The game is played for 10 consecutive balls.
The two teams then reverse roles for a further 10 balls.