Goalkeeper Academy - Travel and Junior Academy

Fall 2017

With the fall season coming up, we will continue with the Beach FC Goalkeeping Academy. We took great strides over the past year and we are looking to take our goalkeepers to the next level. Our main goal is to continue to develop the goalkeepers in the Academy to become difference makers in training, practices and matches. We will strive to be the best goalkeepers in the area, region and hopefully nationally. Creating positive training habits during our sessions along with practices is going to be one of our main focuses this season. By giving each goalkeeper an opportunity to train at a high level, this will allow for him or her to be prepared for a variety of different situations that may arise during the course of a game.

Along with the training sessions, the goalkeepers will be evaluated on the field during a game over the course of the season. Some of the aspects of their evaluation will involve decision-making, organization, angle play, and mental focus.

It is vital that each keeper attends as many sessions as possible. We understand that team practices and goalkeeping practices may overlap, but creating a consistent training regimen is vital in the progress of our keepers. Please be in contact with both the team and goalkeeping coaches about attendance of sessions. We would like for keepers to attend at least one session per week during the course of the season.

The Goalkeeping Academy will train at HRSC on Mondays and Thursdays for U11s and U12s and Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays for the U13-U19 age groups. 

Our training begins August 7th and will run through the end of November towards the end of the CCL and VSLI.

 Please contact John Connelly at jconnelly@beachfc.com with any questions. 

Fall 2017 Schedule:

August 7 through November 30.

Location Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
5:00-6:00 HRSC --------- --------- U15-U19 Girls ---------
  HRSC --------- --------- U13-U14 Boys ---------
5:30-6:30 HRSC --------- U15-U19 Girls --------- U11 B/G
  HRSC --------- U13-U14 Boys --------- --------
6:00-7:00 HRSC U11 B/G --------- U15-U19 Boys ---------
  HRSC U15-U19 B/G --------- --------- ---------
6:30-7:30 HRSC --------- U13-U14 Girls --------- U12 B/G
  HRSC --------- U15-U19 Boys --------- ---------
7:00-8:00 HRSC U12 B/G --------- U13-U14 Girls ---------
  HRSC U13-U14 B/G --------- --------- ---------

Program Overview

The main goal of the Goalkeeping Academy is to develop an environment where motivated goalkeepers of all age groups can come to develop and understand the position. Not only will the focus be on the physical aspect of goalkeeping, but also gaining an understanding of the mental aspect of the game. Each goalkeeper will get a chance to focus on their strengths as a goalkeeper along with developing their weak areas which will enable them to be a well rounded goalkeeper.

The position itself demands a lot on a player. Throughout the course of a game, the goalkeeper may be called upon 20 times or just once to come up with the big save that will keep their team in the game. It is our philosophy to try and recreate as many situations as possible so that each keeper is prepared for anything that may arise. Developing good habits in training and practice is one of our main goals so it will carry over into games.

The main points that will be covered during the course of the season will be:

  • Beginner/Advanced
  • general shot handling/catching for low, medium, and high balls
  • basic collapse diving
  • proper technique for crossed balls that are flighted and driven
  • simple distribution from the feet and hands
  • understanding of basic positioning for shot handling
  • footwork technique
  • Advanced/Premier
  • shot handling of all levels along with footwork
  • fundamentals of crossing/decision making
  • angles/positioning within the 18 yard box
  • diving of all levels: low/medium/high
  • leadership and communication
  • proficient distribution
  • mental strength and conditioning


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