In this practice drill we simulate coming out and gathering a low ball, while recovering quickly ready to distribute the ball. Drills like these help footwork and agility while improving catching and confidence while on the ground, perhaps with a striker close by.
The keepers queue, and each keeper starts to move towards the coach, between pairs of cones, each of which have a ball sat on top. The remaining keepers wait until the first has completed the drill before starting up the ladder.
As the keeper approaches a pair of cones, the coach will signal with an arm, the cone and ball the keeper is to secure.
The keeper will immediately dive towards the ball and secure it safely, using the protection drill they have previously learned.
The keeper then discards the ball and recovers to their feet, ready to proceed towards the coach.
The drill can either end there, add additional pairs of cones/balls and repeat steps 2-4, or the coach can throw them a high catch to complete the drill.
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.