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Training Goalkeepers In Soccer

Training goalkeepers in soccer with jumping exercises

This is what keeps them strong and alert...

Football (or some have known as soccer) is a sport that needs a player to possess strength, stamina, and technique. All three competencies can be utilized at the same time for a player to reach success and mark his name on the playing field.

When it comes to the playing style of one of the essential members of the team; the goalkeeper the stamina might not be a deciding point, but it inevitably comes down to strength and most importantly technique.

Today we’re going to talk about the jumping exercises for goalkeepers and how they are one of the most vital parts of their training.

A goalkeeper when signs up for his job takes the responsibility of getting in the way of the ball and its protected goal line at the risk of his physical well-being.

One factor that the keepers have to take into consideration is that, when a striker is shooting at the goal he has the option of going anywhere in the goal box, it can either be at the bottom, top or center.

  • A good keeper should be vigilant for any choice that might be made by the striker.
  • For shots, aimed at the top or center points of the goal, it is necessary for the keeper to make an appropriate dive or jump to save it. Therefore, jump exercises are essential for any keeper.
  • However, trainers have to be careful regarding the physical well being of the keeper and make sure they take safety measures and give instructions, i.e., always landing on the side, making sure there is no excessive weight on the head, or it doesn’t hit the ground.
  • Making an appropriate jump is not enough, the movement of arms and placing of hands is significant as well, to stop the shot and get hold of the speeding ball the keeper has to make sure his hands are rightly in the way of it to deny the shot.
  • Sometimes a small brush of fingers is also enough to deny a chance, but even in this part it is needed for the players and coaches to be careful as any sort of mishap by the player in placing of his hands might lead to an injury or a failure in stopping the shot.
  • An ideal attempt would include a sideways jump with both hands high above the head and palms facing the ball, an effort in this posture if done in the right time would most probably lead to complete denial.
  • The third point involves the timings of jump and how a keeper is required to manage time when a shot approached the goal.
  • The essential part of the jumping exercise is an improvement made in good timings will always save the target, but a perfect jump made with wrong timings will lead to failure.
  • It is essential for the keeper to have his eyes on the striker with the ball and judge his/her every movement from the run for the shoot and then calculate the distance and the speed of the ball so he can manage timings and jump in good timings to save the shot accordingly.
  • Time management has always been a vital part of jump training, some of the best goalkeepers today are known for their jump timings such as Gianluigi Buffon, Iker Casillas, Petr Cech, and Jan Oblak.

These players have made some crucial saves which have led to them being football stars. So to be a good goalkeeper, it is necessary to have exposure to good jumping exercise.

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