Monday, 22 April 2013

AFC Bournemouths guidelines for Academy Goalkeepers





• Set position needs to provide him with a good foundation to make any save in the least amount of time.

• Body weight needs to be forward (75% through toes).

• Knees slightly bent, not so much that any strain is felt in the quadriceps.

• Hands held at lower chest level, pushed forward in an advanced position and turned into a catching position (never have hands with backs of gloves facing forward).

• In a set position the head should be forward of the toes, this will help to keep the GK in a forward aggressive stance.




• He must be positive and confident in the positions taken up during games.

• Stance must be ‘front foot’ so that every time the ball is played into an area over his back four he is able to take a step forward as the ball is played. This will help the GK to be quicker off the mark.

• GK should not be over advanced as this could lead to the GK feeling vulnerable to the lob. This could mean that the GK will take a backwards step when the opposition are about to play a through ball or put a ball into the penalty area.




• Any Professional GK must have a wide range of distribution skills so that selection is not limited.

• He must have confidence in distribution decisions and remember that it is his choice alone not anyone who is on the side-line.

• When distributing short, he should be able to see his team-mates next pass and communicate this information to him whilst the ball is in transit.

• Before receiving a back pass the GK should be fully aware of his player’s positions in front of him so that ball control can set him up best for the next pass/clearance.

• GK should be able to clear a rolling back pass competently with weaker foot, and be able to clear danger with a static ball.




• One of the most important aspects of being a pro GK is his ability to be fully immersed in the game and totally focused in the job at hand.

• During a game, the GK is talking to team-mates and involving himself in the game whilst also concentrating on the ball and player positions on the pitch.

• GK should constantly provide useful information to his back four, but also to any other player who requires further instruction.

• When the ball is in the defending 3rd, communication must become very sharp, 1 or 2 word commands like man-on, time, keepers, away, turn and free header need to be delivered loudly, confidently and with maximum authority.




• Taking crosses is a difficult task for today’s GK’s as new technology in player’s boots and the lightness of the modern day football mean the pace of crosses and erratic flight trajectory have restricted a GK’s chance of claiming a cross.

• Therefore, a GK must remember that his primary role is to stop the ball going directly into the net and must position himself accordingly. Secondly, the GK should give himself a chance of helping defenders by claiming a cross.

• As with a normal starting position, the GK must be front foot and take a small step forward as the ball is played into the box  this step can be easily backtracked if the GK decides to not come for cross.

• Once the decision has been made, the GK must stick to it 100% and back it up with a loud confident shout of either “keepers” or “away”.

• Timing is crucial; he must reach the ball at optimum speed and its highest point.  The GK should wherever possible never take the ball with a standing jump; this will leave him more vulnerable to challenges from attacking players.

• If a catch is not possible or there is a good chance of a mishandle in a crowd of players the GK should attempt the punch. The 1 handed punch should be preferred as it leaves a hand and arm spare to lever attacking players out of the balls path.




• Having ‘presence’ as a GK equates to being loud and confident and using his position on the pitch to dominate dangerous situations.

• The GK has the advantage of being able to speculate and affect the game.  A GK with ‘presence’ can play an important role within a team even if they do not touch the ball.




• GK‘s need to be as fit and strong as outfield players.

• A typical GK’s training day is very demanding. If a GK lacks good enough condition to cope with the workload and constant impact of body on ground then injury could occur.

• It is important that pro first team GK’s are reliable and fit for 95% of the season.

• Being a GK is very mentally demanding, recovery from mistakes and constant crowd abuse requires tolerance and an ability to work under stress.

• Confidence with a touch of arrogance comes from the inner belief that they are ready for the job in hand. The GK will know they are ready to perform when all manner of preparation has been addressed going into a game. He knows he is going to perform well!




• Experienced GK’s have learnt how to play games to win, when to play quickly and when to slow games down.

• Positioning, influencing and intimidating opponents are all part of an experienced GK’s armoury.

• External factors such as pitches, weather, officials, confidence levels of both teams and game status are all handled well by an experienced GK with good game-craft.




• Good work ethic is essential.

• Be able to self-motivate and develop weaknesses.

• Aim to maintain attitude after a poor or good performance.  This is best achieved with a consistent demeanour within his lifestyle.

   Consistency is the most important asset for any GK. He can only achieve this by being consistent in the way he approaches games and training. Routines, repetition of basic techniques and constant preparation are all key to a GK appearing in control during frantic moments in a game.




Saturday, 20 April 2013

!! Jack Carter shines for Dorset !!

Hi Everyone
Below is an article from Devon FA regarding Jack's performance for Dorset. We are all very pleased to receive reports of BTS goalkeepers doing well as they develop in the game.
Well done Jack
Robbie , Mossy, Jenny & the BTS team

Dorset leapt three places In the table, and are now sitting in third position following this solitary goal win over Devon at their County headquarters, but they have to thank their goalkeeper Jack Carter (New Milton Town) for a faultless first half display.
Devon were on the attack In the first minute, and from a left sided comer, Plymouth Kolts Tyler Elliot was unlucky not to score, when his effort agonisingly ran the wrong side of the near post.
Two minutes later a lob from Devon's James Fifield (Marine Academy Plymouth Juniors) had goal written all over it, but somehow the Dorset goalkeeper Carter was back peddling at speed, and managed to jump high enough to avert the danger. One minute later It was Devon's Jordan Bastin (St Martins) who brought the best out of keeper Carter, who brilliantly finger tipped his shot over the bar.
On 5 minutes a long shot by Dorset's Morgan Turner (Lytchett Red Triangle), was comfortably gathered by the Devon goalkeeper Tom Rowley (South Brent Youth/Manstow Youth), but immediately at the other end it was Carter again in action, this time diving at the feet of Devon's Bastin to deny the striker from scoring.
On 11 minutes a good movement between Devon's Elliot, Fifield and Bastin resulted in a header by Bastin being again well saved by keeper Carter.
In the 18'" minute Dorset caught Devon completely by surprise when their left winger Jordan Ayunila (Bridport Youth) turned a defender, and from 35 yards out on the left fired an unstoppable rocket of a shot, Into the roof of the Devon net giving keeper Rowley no chance of saving.
Goalkeeper Carter then foiled Devon a further three times before the halftime break. Firstly diving to his left to push a 30 yard free kick by Fifield for a corner, then twice jumping high to save a shot from Elliot and punching away a cross from above the head of Fifield.
Man of the Match Jack Carter Dorset.

Monday, 15 April 2013

!! Jack Buckland England goalkeeper !!

Robbie was very lucky to meet the young talented England goalkeeper Jack Buckland at St George's park.
Robbie said"I have never met a young goalkeeper with such a high profile with a cool level head on his shoulders"
Jack was a credit to young goalkeepers he spoke very well a top bloke!!

We wish him well in his career!!


Pictured with Robbie is Jack at the Goalkeepers convention dinner!! (Jacks a big lad)

Sunday, 14 April 2013

!! Robbie meets his hero's !!

Hi everyone.
Robbie, Mossy, Gaz, Dave & Steve all visited St George's Park this weekend at the very first Goalkeeping Convention at the home of English football.
Hosted by Ray Clemence with guess Shay Given, Jack Buckland and Pat Jennings.
Robbie said meeting Pat and Ray was the highlight of the weekend. I grew up watching Pat And Ray and to meet them was fantastic both are top men and were everything I thought they would be legends of the game.
A fantastic event for any goalkeeper coach at any level. Martin Thomas and Simon smith delivered session for the two days.
A great two days well done the FA.


Robbie with Pat & Ray

Friday, 12 April 2013

!! Nick, Tom & Robbie !!

Nick Hutching Senior coach at BTS won the Dorset Senior cup with Poole Town.
Playing Wimborne Town in the final at Hamworthy FC county ground.
Wimborne took the lead but Poole came back very well to win 4-1.
Nick made Some great Saves to keep Poole in the game at vital times. Pictured with Nick is Tom Brown & Robbie with the Dorset Senior Cup the the changing rooms after the game.

Well done to Nick, Tom & Poole Town