- Did i have a goalkeeper coach (didn't have one until i was 16)..... Nope....
- Did i have Sky Sports (Cable TV)... Nope...
- Did i have season tickets to a Premier League Club...Nope
- "You tube" and the internet where most certainly not on the scene yet!
Anyone who ever grew up or has spent time in the UK will most certainly heard of "Match Of The Day" for those who have not it is a Football/Soccer highlight show that is shown every Saturday night with highlights from all of the Premier League games.
Euro 96 - David Seamen Penalty saves he would always step one way and go the other! i remember practicing this with my mates over the park,
So enough about my childhood and all that jazz what is my point...
If you coach a youth team in America go to your goalkeeper and ask them name me 5 players that play your position... here will be there answer Casillas, Howard, Cech, De Gea maybe Valdez. You watch them struggle to name 5!
Even harder is if you coach a girls team... name me 5 Female Goalkeepers? they will name you one...Hope Solo, that will be the extent of their knowledge.
Next question how did they do in their last game?? silence.....errr i dunnooo??
How do these kids expect to become as good as these athletes if they do not watch how they move or the way they deal with situations.
This is why every Goalkeeper within the club has been given a goalkeeper to watch and emulate.
And i hear all the excuses.. we don't have Fox Soccer, We can't get to the games, I can't afford the tickets.
Go to a high school Varsity game and watch, Some of us are lucky to have a college team near us to go watch even better a pro team and the Goalkeepers that i coach should have no excuse with DC United, Washington Spirit, George Mason University, Georgetown University to name a few less then a hours drive away.
If you play the sport and aspire to go far within that sport WATCH THE GAME and try to understand why these players are doing certain things.
If your Son or Daughter plays Soccer and they want a Xbox for their Birthday or a Bike, Get them a ticket to a Soccer Game instead or a Jersey and a players name on the back then watch how excited they get from that experience.
Saturday the Washington Spirit hosts a Free Inter Squad Scrimmage, Tuesday just gone The 96 Red girls played in a region 1 premier game! No excuses not to see older more experienced goalkeepers apply their trade!
Ok so you cant get to a game, i cant remember the last time i met someone who doesn't have the internet its a part of our life now....food,water,internet!
So get onto youtube with your young goalkeepers or email the Goalkeeper from your team links to "Great saves" videos or "goalkeeper training" videos GET THEM INSPIRED!
Anyone coming to a Spirit game the players always sign autographs and talk to the fans after the game. All you with young female goalkeepers come watch and learn from Ashlyn and Chantel both of them are not only great goalkeepers but great role models for up and coming Female Goalkeepers.
Would love to hear your feedback on the blog feel free to tweet @GKeepersUnited, again thanks for taking the time to ready my thoughts!