Arizona Soccer Club Goalkeeping Program
"In the world's most popular game, the role of the goalkeeper is that of savior. He is
the one called upon when all other measures of defense fail. When a team has sliced
its way through all 10 members of the opposition, it's on the keeper to jump, dive,
kick, roll -- do anything and everything he can --to keep the ball out of the back of the
net. Do this well and you're a hero, an international soccer god. Fail and you'll quickly
find yourself searching for a new goal to guard."
Wayne Drehs - espn.com
(Excerpt from : Goalie Chris Seitz's biggest save)\
Goalkeeping is an attitude. It's a state of mind. We live in a world that sets us apart
from the rest of the soccer world. We stand alone knowing that we will be heroes or
villains. It's a challenge that not all players are willing to undertake but one that is
more rewarding than anything else in the game.
AZSC goalkeepers train separately from their teams two days a week. Goalkeepers
need a specialized training regimen that requires them to focus on the technical
aspects of goalkeeping on a constant basis, just as field players have to consistently
work on their technical ability. AZSC goalkeepers, along with the technical aspects
of goalkeeping, are taught and expected to have knowledge of the tactical aspects of
the game, including how they fit into a team's formation as the 11th field player.
Our goalkeepers also spend a lot of time working on using their feet. Too often,
goalkeepers are viewed as just being shot-stoppers and that is all that they train. In
fact, the majority of a goalkeepers work is done with the ball at their feet. On average,
goalkeepers touch the ball seven times with their feet for every touch the have with
their hands. Our training sessions require goalkeepers use their feet in a variety of
different situations and settings.
Our aim is to develop a passion for soccer and a passion for goalkeeping in all of our
players, and to set them up to achieve whatever level of success they choose to aspire
to as soccer players.