U12 Goalkeeper Guidelines

Framework for Player Development

Soccer Definitions:

-Technique/Technical: A player’s ability with the ball, a certain skill set (dribbling, passing, shooting, receiving).  
-Tactics/Tactical: Decision Making (both individual decision making and group decision making).
-Dribbling: The art of keeping the ball close to you as you run or walk.
-Receiving: Settling, stopping, or directing the ball as it comes to you.

U12 Goalkeeper

TECHNIQUE: Set position
General handling / Basic shot stopping / Catching
Ground balls
Bouncing balls
Mid-range balls
Head Height balls
Dealing with Crossed balls
All kicks
Goal kicks
Balls played to feet
TACTICS:      Basic communication
1v1 Principals
1v1 with the defense
Beginnings of support for defense
PHYSICAL:  Goalkeeping specific stretching and flexibility
Beginning stages of foot work skills
Increase speed in short distances (18 yards)
MENTAL:      Have fun
Encourage effort/determination
Drill home basics for muscle memory
Watch older goalkeepers in games