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SESSION: goalkeeping - defending the area

    FA national goalkeeping coach, Tim Dittmer, delivers a practice session focusing on dealing with the high ball and defending the penalty area.

    Key objectives

    Develop player understanding of:

    • when and how to use the punching technique
    • when and how to take a high ball
    • defending the penalty area and the goal
    • defending a variety of crosses
    • distribution to begin a counter-attack.

    Dealing with the high ball


    Defending the area


    After you have watched this, ask yourself the following questions:

    • How would you adapt or tweak the practice to make it appropriate to your own players?
    • What additional challenges could you set to make the practice easier or harder for individuals or your group?

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