Category Archives: Shot Saving

Three Player Finishing

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One Touch Shooting Drill

from Wayne Harrison

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Simple Shooting Drill

Saw GE do this today. Liked the simplicity and the pace.

  • One on one with defender (at goal) serving to attacker.
  • Only rule is that attacker has to take a touch (no one touch shots).
  • Lines alternate serving (they’re obviously not going simultaneously).
  • Rotate counter clockwise when done.


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To Backpedal Or Not – David Villa’s 50 yd Goal Against Philly

By all means, admire the goal. But it’s posted here for the keeper’s footwork. When Villa first takes the shot, the keeper does the correct thing: he turns his hips (the dropstep), and runs while keeping his eye on the ball. Perhaps inexplicably, however, within a few yards of the goal, he (re)squares his hips and backpedals. When he makes a play for the ball, then, he jumps with his calves (because of the backpedal) rather than with his quads (which he would have / could have from the dropstep; and, of course, the quads are much bigger than the calves and are the muscles that generate jumping power).

I suspect, after watching it a few times, that he resquares his hips because he anticipates catching it, i.e. he squares to the ball so he can catch it facing forward, exactly what he should have done. Whether because of misjudgment, however, or a sudden gust of wind, the ball carries farther than he anticipates and he is no longer positioned to catch it. He makes a somewhat feeble attempt at parrying it (better, to be honest, than expected, given that he jumps from his calves), but is now out of position, and the ball finds its way under the bar.

If he had continued running the way he first did, I suspect he would have been able to parry it successfully: worst case scenario is a corner kick. But by resquaring his hips, whether well-intended or not, he makes it difficult (and in this case impossible) for him to catch the ball and prevent the goal.

Take a look for yourself and see what you think.

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.


Keeper Warm Up from the FA

I like how this focuses on the simple things and progresses through them. A bit long for a video of basics but still a made-to-implement session for keepers. (Though, I’ll admit, I’m not a big fan of the knee-down approach to balls on the ground. Seems a lot of work and awkwardness for not a lot of return. Much more effective, it seems, to maintain balance and security with a forward dive.)


Beating A Defender with First Touch (And Keeper Being Big to Block a 1 on 1)

(Realized too late that I hadn’t recorded the sound for the video; apologies about that.)

This clip is from the US v New Zealand friendly last night (10-11-16).

Yedlin does a great job beating the defender with his first touch; sometimes it can be so simple. Great save by the keeper, of course, as well. Great illustration of making himself big.

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.


Leaning the Wrong Way (as a Goalie)

(Realized too late that I hadn’t recorded the sound for the video; apologies about that.)

This clip is from the US v New Zealand friendly last night (10-11-16). A good goal but in the middle of some of the worst soccer I’ve seen out of the USMNT. To say they look disorganized is insulting to actually disorganized teams.

In any case, the commentators focused on how the keeper should have done better, and I agree, but they failed to mention that his weight was on his left foot, which prevented him from shifting right to save the shot. Whether his weight is on the left because he was not anticipating a shot but rather a cross or just sheer bad luck, i.e. he just happened to land on that foot as the shot was taken, I can’t quite tell, but his hanging head after the goal suggests that he knew he could have saved it if his weight weren’t mis-distributed.

PS. Twellman’s noticing and assessment of Acosta’s run is spot on, and worth mentioning because that long a┬árun with a very low percentage of actually getting the ball shows how important running off the ball is.

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.