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Advanced

When goalkeepers are able to consistently perform the techniques covered in "Intermediate" with confidence and at a high training intensity they progress on to "Advance".  Advance groups is for goalkeepers with aspirations of competing at an elite level.  This could be their varsity high school team, playing collegiately after club or going on to play at a semi-pro or professional level.  This group continues to train the topics covered in group 2 but in less controlled environments.  The training curriculum includes more game like scenarios to help quickness of reflexes and decision making. 

Training Focus
Physically improve:

  • hand strength
  • core strength
  • shoulder strength and stability
  • power of first step to dive and jump
  • agility and quickness


Goalkeeper technique:

  • body shape for clean, consistent catching
  • making1st and 2nd saves from close range shots
  • smothering close range shots
  • footwork and body positioning on breakaways
  • smothering technique for 50/50 breakaways
  • extension dives
  • various forms of distribution


Tactical topics:

  • handling the 3-goal scenario
  • maneuvering a crowded goal box to gather a cross
  • reading the 3 breakaway scenarios and proper decision making for each
  • reflex training for crowded goal box scenarios 
  • reading a driven vs. lofted service for corner kicks and free kicks 
  • decision making to catch or parry when diving