1v1…now this is better

Austrian Forward Rubin Okotie tries to score o...

Austrian Forward Rubin Okotie tries to score on Congo Goalkeeper Destin Onka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the last post, I shared a video from St. Louis GK Academy on 1v1 techniques, and took issue with some of the points made.  Specifically, I wasn’t crazy about the rather rigid position the coach put his keepers in during their approach to the ball, and I thought his description of diving from that position was just plain incorrect.  Here I show another training video focusing on 1v1 situations – I stumbled across it while surfing youtube.  Check it out after the jump, along with some more commentary.

I liked this video for its reality – a training session with a bunch of boys of various ages and skill levels.  At the outset, the coach stresses two key aspects of dealing with the situation:

  • maintain correct body position, just as in the last post
  • dive to collect the big touch that is inevitable when the striker makes a move

The interesting part starts once the boys start running the activity – note how he encourages the keepers to match pace for pace.  If the attacker is advancing with pace, the keeper needs to come out to meet him at a similar pace.  However, the coach rightly corrects the first keeper who charges out too fast and never slows to make the save – he never stands up the attacker – you need to force the attacker to slow his pace so you can regain as much control of the situation as possible.

When discussing diving, the coach correctly points out that this is the same as any diving activity – you need to drive forward towards the ball, unlike the odd description given in the previous post.

Finally, the coach stresses that the distance from the attacker is key – if you stand him up from too much distance, then you don’t have a chance to collect the big touch.

Anyway, I thought I would share this just to show the contrast between last week’s “textbook” demonstrations, and the reality of most training situations.

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