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Goalkeepers need to be as close to perfect as possible 100% of the time. This book shows you how to coach goalkeepers to perform at their very best using soccer drills taught by leading specialist goalkeeper coaches

Your solution to coaching the ‘goalkeeper dilemma’ is here! Written by a coach with extensive goalkeeper coaching experience, Coaching the Complete Goalkeeper shows you how to fulfill the unique demands of coaching the most specialized player on the team. Through innovative drills and exercises, this book will help to improve the performance of your goalkeeper, which in turn means fewer goals conceded and more victories


Dear Coach,

Strikers can afford to miss a few shots or lose concentration for a few seconds and still have a good game. Goalkeepers, on the other hand, cannot. They have to be performing at the highest possible level 100% of the time. Any mistakes or drops in focus can mean a goal is conceded, deciding the difference between victory or defeat in the process.

Goalkeepers are well aware of their unique responsibilities on the team. They crave to be as close to perfect as they can possibly be. But without the right soccer drills and exercises designed specifically for goalkeepers, they cannot reach the level of performance both they and the team need to succeed.

Coaching the Complete Goalkeeper is a comprehensive guide to coaching this most specialized position. Utilizing soccer drills and exercises taught in Holland, home of some of the world’s greatest goalkeepers, this book covers everything from warm-up to technical skills development to improving mental toughness. Through detailed explanations, photos and a complete list of coaching points, this book enables you to coach goalkeepers to reach their highest level of performance, to work more cohesively with the team and to concede fewer goals.

“As you’d expect the drills are well laid out and much like all those session plans we have all spent hours over planning, these drills have coaching points, equipment needs and a recommended duration. The drill introduction talks you through the actual drill itself, walking you through step by step. This is carried on throughout the book, providing a great resource. It is a thorough book covering all characteristics of goalkeeper training. The drills can be used by both new and experienced coaches and is a worthwhile addition to any coach’s library.”
Richard Edwards, Football Development Officer, Head coach of 4-7 year olds Development Centre and Ladies First team Manager for Maidstone United

“A book that draws on the special training taught in Holland, home of some of the world’s greatest goalkeepers”

When writing Coaching the Complete Goalkeeper, the book’s author Robert Podeyn draws on over 20 years experience of goalkeeper coaching. This includes firsthand experience observing how goalkeepers are coached at FC Ajax and Vitesse Arnhem, two of Holland’s leading clubs. The influence of Dutch goalkeeper coaching methods cannot be underestimated. And this book provides a thorough examination of the Dutch influence on goalkeeper specialist training and the difficult and delicate art of building a world class goalkeeper.

The introduction of Coaching the Complete Goalkeeper covers Holland’s rich history of developing goalkeepers to the highest level, with profiles of some of the greats, including Hans Segers, Eduard de Goey and Edwin Van der Sar, as well as the new faces to watch out for. The soccer drills and exercises it includes are those taught by professional Dutch coaches to enable their goalkeepers to reach the highest level of performance. This makes Coaching the Complete Goalkeeper an indispensable guide for goalkeepers, as well as coaches, keen to develop their understanding of their unique specialist position.

 “A book born from extensive soccer coaching experience in the US, England, Holland and Brazil”

Robert Podeyn’s goalkeeping and coaching career spans over twenty-eight years. His playing career started in New York, playing for Kings Park and then Cow Harbor. He then moved onto college soccer, helping LIU-C.W. to advance to the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals in 1987, earning All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-American honors in the process.

The next step in Podeyn’s career was to Long Island Stars, in the now defunct American Soccer League, where he set a professional record of 973 shutout minutes, earning team and league MVP honors in the process.

In 1990 Podeyn then began his coaching career back at Kings Park, coaching the junior and high school squads. Podeyn’s next move was to Florida, coaching both the boys and girls youth teams at Osceola High School and helping them to gain much improved winning records. In 2003 Podeyn coached the Williams Woods university, building them into one of the top offensive teams, with 183 goals in 57 games.

Podeyn’s reputation for rebuilding and re-energizing teams was further cemented at Northwood University, whom he took from the brink of extinction to a record setting season in which they nearly entered the NAIA Top 25. Podeyn now coaches at South Western University Bolivar, Missouri, competing in the toughest women’s conference in the country (MIAA).

Podeyn has earned coaching certifications from the USSF, NSCAA and KNVB, all of which were earned with distinction. A keen student of the game, Podeyn has also traveled aboard to learn from some of the best foreign goalkeeping coaches, this includes completing English FA coaching courses and earning the UEFA coaching certificate. In Brazil he participated in sessions with CBF and CAM professional clubs, and has also studied goalkeeper coaching techniques at FC Ajax and Vitesse Arnhem in Holland, the homeland of some of the world’s greatest ever keepers.

“Dutch Total Football turned a goalie from a goal line shot stopper to a key player who commands the area, starts attacks and helps control a game’s momentum. Drawing on the experiences of top world class keepers like Van Breukelen and Van Der Sar, Podeyn break down the key elements of preparation, technique, Dutch inspired drills and psychological techniques, finishing with a goalkeeper development plan tailored to the age and level of individual players.

Suitable for players of any age, this book will give you the tools to push your game to the next level. Applying the lessons taken from decades of professional keeper training won’t make you Dutch, but you won’t miss much.”
Matt Riley – Thai League Football.com

What’s included in Coaching the Complete Goalkeeper

Coaching the Complete Goalkeeper covers everything you need for coaching goalkeepers to attain the highest level of performance, from warm-up right through to 11v11 games:

Warm-up Guide – Specific warm-up routines designed for goalkeepers, which focus on dynamic movements and stretching and progressively build up to replicate game-like pressure.

Technical Development – These soccer drills focus on developing the fundamental core skills goalkeepers need: set positions, diving, receiving the ball (or shot preparation) and distribution. This section also provides a guide to the four set positions to focus on for young goalkeepers.

Technical Development Intermediate to Advanced – This builds on the previous section, with 20 soccer drills for building the foundation of skills which are essential for gaining proper technique. This includes drills for power diving, Dutch power diving and double bungee jump.

Footwork and Agility – This section covers 20 drills which train goalkeepers to read their opponent, effect change in the momentum of the game, deal with distribution to a more complex level and how to command the box. These drills become more important as goalkeepers mature, with more individual focus on the hands, hips, shoulders, head and feet.

Tactical Training – Through 10 small-sided and 11v11 games, this section trains goalkeepers on their tactical role in the game, namely commanding the area, starting the attack, reading opponents and controlling the game’s momentum.

Psychological Training and Preparation – This section features a discussion on mental toughness along with exercises and 5 drills to development concentration under pressure.

Goalkeeper Development Plans – This section features plans used by the English FA to develop goalkeepers from the age of 8 to a professional level.

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What you will gain from Coaching the Complete Goalkeeper

Coaching the Complete Goalkeeper is your comprehensive guide to coaching goalkeepers to achieve the 100% perfect performance they crave. In particular, goalkeepers will gain:

  • Improved technique through performing drills focused on catching the ball properly, diving, shot preparation and much more
  • Improved sharpness so they are better prepared to face shots
  • Quicker decision making under pressure
  • Better at reading opponents
  • Improved distribution from the back, rather than simply punting the ball up the field
  • A more cohesive team with improved understanding between the goalkeeper and outfield
  • Goalkeepers will enjoy the challenge and variety of training as well as the opportunity to work through soccer drills taught in Holland to develop some of the world’s greatest goalkeepers
  • The best training for forwards is with the goalkeeper. This book features a number of drills which has them working together in a variety of scenarios, rather than merely shot stopping
  • A progressive series of drills, from developing the core skills of youngsters through to the tactical awareness and limb focused training needed as goalkeepers mature
  • An enriched understanding of the history of specialist goalkeeper training and a guide to Dutch training methods and their greatest ever keepers

There is no position on the pitch as pressurized as the goalkeeper. Forwards can afford to miss a few shots and still manage to have a good game. But goalkeepers need to be performing consistently 100% of the time. Mistakes or drops in concentration can mean goals conceded and games lost. Coaching the Complete Goalkeeper is the comprehensive guide you need to ensure your goalkeeper is getting the best possible soccer training and can be as prepared as possible for game day.

“Coaching the Complete Goalkeeper is a welcome addition to the coaches library. Robert Podeyn has set out clearly and simply his methods for developing keepers based on his (mainly Dutch) influences. The technical practices are clearly set out and easy to follow for even the most outfield-focussed coach. The combination of fitness and technical work should appeal to all specialists and non-specialists alike and the addition of the Development Plan in the final chapter provides a useful reference point to your keeper’s progress.”
Tony Mee – Technical Development Officer, Rotherham United

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“The goalkeeper is arguably the trickiest position to coach properly, but it’s also the most important”

Goalkeeping technique can never be good enough. Goalkeepers go into every game thinking every shot can be stopped, and they crave to apply this philosophy in training. But without the right soccer training drills they cannot reach their optimum level of performance.

Coaching the Complete Goalkeeper shows you comprehensively how to coach goalkeepers – from developing their fundamental technical skills right through to the advanced tactics of a mature player. Goalkeepers will love the challenge and satisfaction of being put thoroughly through their paces and performing the soccer drills taught by the world’s top specialist goalkeeper coaches.

Featuring an analysis on Dutch goalkeeping and packed with soccer drills taught in Holland to develop some of the world’s greatest ever keepers, this is an indispensible coaching guide for getting the best possible performance from your goalkeeper.

Best Wishes,

Mike Saif

P.S. Coaching the Complete Goalkeeper is a comprehensive guide to coaching goalkeepers, from the core technical skills right through to advanced tactical play and developing mental toughness. It includes everything you need to be able to coach goalkeepers to reach their maximum performance potential using the very best specialist goalkeeper soccer drills.

P.P.S If you are not 100% satisfied with the quality of the soccer coaching resources in Coaching the Complete Goalkeeper after six months then we will refund your purchase in full, no questions asked.

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