Arizona Soccer Club
AZSC Goalkeeper Mission Statement
Goalkeepers are the first line of offense and the last line of defense. The position is often overlooked by coaches and players alike. At Arizona Soccer Club, we know that goalkeepers are essential to any teams’ ability to compete at the highest level. We take P.R.I.DE. in providing every goalkeepers the opportunity to improve on a daily basis by giving individual attention that goalkeepers need. Our Goalkeeper program is aligned with our Competitive Thunder program, providing goalkeepers an elite training environment that is geared towards players looking to complete at the highest level. The Program provides our goalkeepers with the experienced training that is required to become an elite goalkeeper. We breakdown the four components of soccer (Physical, Tactical, Technical, Mental) and focus on the aspects that are specific to the position.
Goalkeepers are known to be the hardest working both mentally and physically. As a specialized position in soccer, goalkeepers must simultaneously develop their feet and their hands as they develop. We work to ensure that each goalkeeper has the opportunity and strives to train 1-3 times a week, depending on the age. As our goalkeepers strive to become Elite, they will attend goalkeeper training 2-3 times a week and train 1-2 times a week with their team.
Goalkeepers will be given a written evaluation by the Goalkeeping Staff after each season. Goalkeepers will be continually evaluated during matches throughout the year and will be provided feedback to better their performance. At the goalkeeper’s request, the Staff will breakdown game footage and provide a detailed analysis of their performance. The Staff will provide constant feedback throughout the season on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
Goalkeeper Grouping and Training
Goalkeepers will be given to the opportunity to compete against similar abilities, not only their age. If a goalkeeper has shown that they are developing beyond the capabilities of their group, then they will be asked to move to the next level. This goes both ways, if a goalkeeper is unable to keep up with the demands of the group they are in, they may need to move down to allows others in the group to continue their development. As a goalkeeping staff, we keep a 1:10 player to coach ratio as the goalkeeper position is a very individual position.
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