Keeping goalkeepers motivated
Whilst at training last week it occurred to me that goalkeepers can quite easily become de-motivated when taking part in shooting and finishing games/drills. A game centred around either shooting or finishing should work on improving both forward players and goalkeepers but it was evident that if the forwards were scoring freely then the goalkeepers were becoming de-motivated.
There could be a few reasons why this might be happening ; the goalkeeper could be struggling for confidence and therefore to see the ball flying past them could be doing further damage, it could be that the coach has allowed the game to become too easy for the strikers or it could be that the game isn’t relevant which would lead to the goalkeepers failing to see that it’s helping them to improve.
Whatever it is, I think it’s important that coaches are aware of the impact these games could have, especially when shooting/finishing games are incredibly popular with outfield players and therefore it’s likely that they may push for you to do this kind of game during a session.
I think a coach needs to ensure the following for finishing/shooting games:
- Is it relevant?
- Does it benefit both the forwards and goalkeepers?
- If it doesn’t benefit the goalkeepers, should an alternate outfield player be used in goal?
- Would the goalkeeper benefit from some sort of protection, such as a defender to put pressure on the strikers?
Those are just some thoughts following last week’s session, so I’d be interested in understand others view on this?