Category Archives: Champions Coaches Clinic 2016

The Striker (SCCC 2016, Dick Bate)

  • Types of movements when marked
  • Peel away (with back to defender) but turn in rather than out, such that back is never to goal to maintain sight)
  • Red turn below requires putting black to goal
  • Black (turning in rather than out) maintains sight
  • Use a mannequin (or player) as defender with cones behind as targets for runs
  • Strikers peel off of defender and make for cones based on the scenario
  • Focus on change of speed: walk to starting position and explode into turn and run
  • Add a head turn to develop it
  • (Video below, which may or may not be clearer than my amazingly precise diagram below…)

  • Now serve balls to space for striker to run onto and shoot
  • Add a player in the box to collect rebounds
  • Add a second player in the box, now one at near post and one at far post

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  • Goals are much less commonly scored outside of the box
  • Majority scored almost even with the goal
  • Shooting from distance should be practiced less




Breakaway Basics for Goalies (SCCC 2016, Raber)


  • Begin with still ball on the ground with goalie behind and ward in front
  • Forward fakes a shot
  • Goalie collects ball
  • Keep ball on ground
  • Elbows slightly bent for strength
  • Top arm in front of head for protection (if actual forward kicks through, she kicks arm and not face)
  • Next, goalies have player maybe 10 yards away
  • Goalies begin with ball and roll ball to player
  • Goalies follow ball, staying low, and staying big
  • Next, field players maybe 20 yards from goal with coach as server
  • Coach serves ball toward goalie and field player chases ball
  • Begin with easy balls for goalie to collect; not breakaways 
  • Progress with tighter and tighter balls
  • Keepers should be calling out Keeper
  • Angle and weight should be varied
  • Next, serves come from the side, almost parallel to the goal mouth
  • Progression: add a group on the opposite side; goalie makes the save and distributes to the opposite side

Goalie Warm-up (SCCC 2016, Raber)


  • 2 cones 3-5 yes apart for each keeper
  • Keepers use footwork to do a figure 8 around and through cones
  • At end of figure 8 server serves easy ball on ground to keeper
  • Progresses through different services and increasing difficulty
  • Printed drill in middle
  • Only using two goalies instead of three (four available) 
  • Keepers choosing which cone to go to and moving around each other with footwork

Goalie Positioning and Angle Play (SCCC 2016, Raber)


  • As ball moves up and down the field in the field’s thirds, goalie should adjust positioning in the 18 by thirds: ball in of sine third, keeper high in the 18; ball at midfield, keeper at penalty spot (or thereabouts); ball in defensive third, keeper at 6 (or thereabouts)
  • Practice: 5 field players spread around field
  • 5 players pass across the field 
  • Keeper adjusts position as the ball moves

Fun Goal Free-for-All (SCCC 2016, DiCicco)

  • Two full sized goals 30-40 yards apart
  • Server on the side at midfield
  • Three field players in middle
  • Goalie in each goal
  • Server serves ball;  whoever gets it attacks either goal while other two defend 
  • Once shot is taken, another serve comes in
  • Moves very quickly and seems fun, though a limited number of players are involved; would have to rotate three in the middle frequently; TD just suggested splitting the groups so one does this while the other half plays keep away elsewhere

3 v 3 + 3 v 3 (SCCC 2016, DiCicco)


  • 3 v 3 in middle to goal 
  • 1 and 1 in each corner and at top
  • Both teams can attack with a switch in possession so only team with possession’s players on the outside are involved
  • When possession changes, new team has to clear (take it back in basketball terms) before attacking
  • Outside players can distribute or shoot
  • This can have either a midfield focus or a goalie focus

Keep Away with Goalies


  • Ball must go through (be passed to) goalie to score
  • Goalie then distributes
  • They (goalie and field players) can play to score, i.e. play right back to goalie if other team gives them space


  • If ball is played to goalie’s feet, she must play it with her feet; if played up, she can catch it (different points for different services?)
  • Next, big goals are involved and one (neutral) goalie helps whichever team passed to her attack; I assume it has to go through goalie before a shot can be taken