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Goalkeeper Training Schedule

Goalkeeper Training Schedule for Fall 2019
Goalkeeper Training begins August 12 at Monfort Park

5:30-6:30 PM 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 boys & girls
Monday, August 12
Monday, August 19
Monday, August 26
Monday, September 2
Monday, September 9
Monday, September 16
Monday, September 23
Monday, September 30
Monday, October 7
Monday, October 14
Monday, October 21
Monday, October 28

5:30--6:30 PM 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 boys & girls
Thursday, August 15
Thursday, August 22
Tuesday, August 27
Tuesday, September 3
Tuesday, September 10
Tuesday, September 17
Tuesday, September 24
Tuesday, October 1
Tuesday, October 8
Tuesday, October 15
Tuesday, October 22
Tuesday, October 29

Goalkeeper Training

Training Curriculum Summary

Beginning GKs playing 7v7 and 9v9 (U9-U12)

The focus of the young keepers group is to establish a love of the position for young athletes.  This is an environment to help build confidence in these players while beginning to train in a disciplined and focused manner to help improves skills and knowledge of the game.  In this group players are still spending time playing on the field, we are looking to identify players that enjoy the position and possess the athletic ability to continue position specific training and compete as an elite goalkeeper at an older age.

Training Focus
Physically improve:

  • agility and coordination
  • hand-eye coordination
  • balance

Goalkeeper technique:

  • set stance
  • scoop save for low shots
  • basket catch for mid range shots
  • high contour catch
  • gathering high balls 
  • introduction to proper, safe diving technique 
  • distribution (throwing/bowling/passing)
Tactical topics:
  • Fun games that help GKs learn to be bold and brave!

GKs playing 11v11 (U13-U19)

More advanced goalkeeper techniques are introduced to athletes, expanding off of the beginning goalkeeper curriculum.  Tactical issues of the game are now covered in training as the demands on the goalkeeper for the 11v11 format are higher.  This group is for goalkeepers that possess the knowledge of proper, basic goalkeeping technique but need further training repetition to perform proper technique consistently, in high intensity scenarios.  

Training Focus
Physically improve:

  • speed
  • quickness of first step
  • body mechanics to optimize body movement 

Goalkeeper technique:

  • forward smother
  • basket catch/high contour
  • gathering high balls
  • tipping/boxing
  • low collapse dives
  • mid range dives
  • distribution (throwing/bowling/passing/kicking)

Tactical topics:

  • positioning for crosses
  • decision making to tip, box or catch
  • 1v1 breakaway technique
  • positioning in goal when facing shots from angles and shots from distance
  • footwork variations to use in a variety of scenarios, to move as efficiently as possible to make a save
  • playing out of the back

Goalkeeper Trainer



NorCo Rush is pleased to announce that Mason Portalski will be running goalkeeper trainings 

Mason has his National Diploma, Level 1 & 2 Goalkeeping Diplomas and his E license.  He has relocated from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, to take the Goalkeeper coaching position at the University of Northern Colorado...go Bears!!!

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