Indoor Soccer Tips for Goalies

An Indoor Soccer Goalie - (Photo: Flickr.com)

The goalie position is often thought of as rather boring in soccer.  Young players often fight over who will represent the back end of your team and few teams have the luxury of a player that actually wants to play the position.  But this changes during indoor soccer.  When the game comes inside and field sizes shrink, the goalie actually becomes the most important position on the team, and can often be the most fun to play.

Although indoor soccer matches are shorter than most outdoor games, there are often far more goals and goal scoring chances.  Thus, your goalie will have to be alert and ready to make save after save.  Quick chances often develop out of nowhere, and players can put shots on goal from all over the indoor soccer field.  Here are some tips to help your team’s goalie succeed in this hectic environment.

Compel your goalie to be more alert.  During practice, if you see your goalie take their eyes off of the game, send in a shot from the sideline to test his or her alertness.  Furthermore, have the goalie engage in intense conditioning drills.  Take repeated shots at them to test their ability to react to quick chances and help them improve their overall reading of the high-paced indoor soccer game.

Another area to practice on with indoor soccer goalies is helping them determine when to rush out of the goal and challenge opposing forwards who are free in on the goal.  This is monumental to your team’s success.  Because of the diminished size of the goal in indoor soccer, a rushing goalie can force a striker into taking their shot well before they would like to, and makes the target shrink considerably.  Because break-aways are so short in the sport (often enabling forwards to have just a touch or two before needing to shoot), pressuring the striker can often lead to missed chances and saves.  Therefore, your goalie will need to be brave and fearless at the back.  As the last line of defense, they are the players who will save the game.  Make sure they are up to the task.

Goalies also need to be smart after they collect the ball.  With the small field size, your goalie has the potential to distribute the ball to any player on the pitch, and can even be instrumental in assisting forwards with long balls to release them on a break-away of their own.  These sorts of plays require quick thinking so organize practice drills in a manner to help your goalie become comfortable with the distribution requirements of indoor soccer.

Also, teach indoor soccer goalies to not give up after conceding several goals.  Although in outdoor soccer a three or four goal advantage in nearly unassailable, score changes occur very fast in indoor soccer.  A team down 3-0 could find themselves up 5-3 in several short moments, so make sure your goalie doesn’t ever give up.  Also, because of the frequency of chances, a goalie gets scored on a lot.  Yes, it is never fun to give up a goal, but make sure goalies develop thick skin because they will need to get used to picking the ball out of the net quite often.

Indoor soccer is very fun for goalies, so if you don’t have a set keeper, rotate players into the position as it gives them a very intense experience as to what goalkeeping is all about.  Clearly, all players can only develop with practice, but these tips are a great way to help your indoor soccer goalie succeed in the game.

 


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