DLVSC Goalkeeper Training has grown to be the most outstanding and proven goalkeeper sessions in Las Vegas. The Goalkeeper curriculum is age specific, for both genders, and will help develop all DLVSC competitive goalkeepers U11 – U19. There will be separate sessions held throughout the calendar season that will be for the U7 – U10 age group goalkeepers so they progress at their own speed and environment. All goalkeeper sessions are open to DLVSC players, no matter their ability, as our aim is to not only develop the players that want to play the goalkeeper position but for those players to enjoy the position.
For every goalkeeper, regardless of age, level, or ability – to come to training on a weekly basis and develop a deeper love for the position of goalkeeping; through hard work, great concentration and pure enjoyment of the sport. Your reward will be games on the weekend and being able to showcase your ability you have learned through our curriculum.
For DLVSC GK training to be at its optimal for the holistic player development GK training can be introduced in a very specific manner and way. As young athletes start the process of becoming soccer players there needs to be an understanding of all positions on the field. Through progression, If this style/belief is followed we end up with more well-rounded soccer players that possess a better understanding for each position as well as the game and its demands.
- Goalkeeper Specific Speed/Agility Fitness
- Shot Blocking – Front and Angles
- Crosses and High Balls
- Wide Service
- Dealing with the back pass
- Short Distribution
- Long Distribution
Goalkeepers in Specific Game Models
Numbers set by US Soccer Federation age group standards
- U-5/U-6 4v4 NO GKs
- U-7/U-9 7v7 Introduction of the GK position in regular weekly training sessions.
- U-10/U-12 9v9 GKs
- U-13 and older 11v11 GKs
- In the 4v4 format, ALL players rotate thru the 4 roles- Forward, Midfield, Defense.
- In the 7v7 format ALL players rotate thru the 7 roles- Forward attacking lines, Midfield building lines, Defensive protecting lines, and Goalkeeper. This philosophy will only need to happen in the first year of 7v7. It will help identify and educate the coaches, players, and parents of the different positions and specific demands of each position. By the second 7v7 season the coach will be able to identify which players DO NOT belong in the GK position, which players have a better understanding for the GK position, and which players can start to see a pathway for the GK position.
- In the 9v9 format, there needs to be a good understanding of the value behind having MORE than 1 GK per team. It would be optimal for the 9v9 format to have 3 players that are able to play this position throughout the year/season.
- In the 11v11 format, the best situation is to have 2 GKs per team in the highly competitive environment (any team that travels or is entered in State Cup, etc.). This will allow for competition in the position as well as any injury can be compensated without sacrifice of the team quality/integrity by a field player.
Frequently Asked Questions
- My child is 5 years old and already knows that they are going to be a GK.
Our response to that is GREAT. Now it is our job to make sure he/she doesn’t miss becoming a soccer player along the way. In the modern game, the GK MUST possess field player skills and abilities if they are going to properly contribute to a team. The DTLVSC Club philosophy and beliefs align with this as “player development”.
- My child doesn’t like paying on the field because they have asthma.
Players need to be medically cleared to participate in a CARDIO based activity as well as understand that many children diagnosed with Asthma (sports induced asthma) may eventually grow out of the condition.
- My child doesn’t like playing on the field because they are not that good at it.
Our response to this is always the same. “I was not very good at writing my name the first time I picked up a crayon, but over time and repetition I became much better at it”. If a child is having fun and learning at the same time, their skills can only improve.
The rotation method is critical for player development. The rotation method for our younger age groups gives us the best possible chance at helping develop, prepare, and build the best possible soccer players by embracing the holistic approach as coaches and educators in the community. I also believe that it helps create a foundation for player development at the ground level and introduction to the position. This will also need to include the help and open communication of the whole coaching staff. The coaches are the ones that see the players day in and day out. With their input as well as guidance, changing the landscape is not only possible but probable.