This exercise improves hand control and catching. Hold the ball in one hand above the head, then throw towards the ground. Get the other hand easy to catch, and catch the ball with both hands.

Try the other arm as well, or alternate. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, and will sharpen the hand-eye co-ordination as well as the catching technique.

Tips for coaches – Confidence Cohesion Technique

Any coach can utilize these drills with their keeper. The objectives are the same – enhance footwork, follow the ball better with the eyes, and judge the flight of the ball.

A coach can use any one of the drills independently, and involve multiple players, especially attackers, to sharpen their skills too.

Try to encourage the keeper to use these skills – their footwork, their eyes and reflexes, and be brave to make the judgement calls and decisions that will come up regularly in games.