In the last decade the professional football junior academies have incorporated the figure of the goalkeeper coach as a fundamental base. Athletic Club, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla … main powers in the training of young talents, are nowadays referents for many goalkeeper coaches in the HOW the different training processes in the football goalkeeper are structured.
Today, we analyse this video where Barça shows us from inside how their goalkeepers department works.
The basis of the training process lies in a very specific type profile. As they say in the interview, their coaches are characterized by the value treatment and this involves looking at which goalkeepers are demanded in the first team.
If we summarize in two or three concepts the type of goalkeeper that has occupied the goal of Barcelona, these would be:
- Great temperance and serenity in the game and decision making.
- Firm footwork and ball start up.
- Positioning and interpretation of situations from the game knowledge.Once the profile they seek has been structured and agreed upon, they carefully elaborate the teaching-learning process from the earliest ages to the second team.
To do this, they introduce a series of works in the classroom. The objective to work in these work sessions is none other than understanding the game from self-knowledge. This is the only way to request such intensity in the tasks, that the coaches like that much. To do this, they share thoughts during the game, problems that arose or could happen to them in the future… They also try some psychological aspects. For later throughout the week, to be able to develop the work in the field.
THE IMPORTANCE OF GENERATING REAL GAME CONTEXTS
In Mi Portería, we are very insistent that in both performance and training, tasks and work methods must be focused on generating real game contexts. What for? So that the goalkeepers have a good maturational base as soon as possible. Which will help them in the future in their decision making and interpreting abilities.