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Withdrawal improvement tasks for the goalkeeper

Withdrawal improvement tasks for the goalkeeper
In the following article, we bring you some tasks to improve the withdrawal of the goalkeeper and a brief introduction to the concept where we present a methodological reflection.

During match day 5 of the Santander League we came up with the analysis of all the scored goals, taking the following statistics after analysing the situations and the type of withdrawal preceding the action.


REFLECTION: In every goal, the goalkeeper comes from a previous movement (WITHDRAWAL).

Should we work that previous phase during the week in our specific training sessions and with the team? Do we place the right value on it?

Later, we will analyse some of those withdrawals given the importance they have in the goalkeeper’s final interpretation, since in many of them the goalkeeper loses the reference of the goal because he’s paying visual attention and body orientation only on the player with the ball.

Now we are going to try to analyse in the most simple and practical way the concept of withdrawal to know when and how to use it in the following tasks we show you.

If we structure the withdrawal from the general to the specific, it would be as follows:


In situations in which:

  • The goalkeeper is monitoring the game where he’s continually moving and correcting his position.
  • The rival generates an imminent risky situation.


  • To balance the distances in relation to his restraining line.
  • To give himself the proper space-time to take action directly over the ball successfully.


This is related to the mechanics of execution. The backwards movement is one of the different types of movements. This time we are NOT going to talk about cross-step backwards movements, since our aim with these tasks is focused on contexts of small sided games. We must insist on:

  • Balance-coordination in the withdrawal.
  • Natural upper body, not rigid.
  • Small steps and tiptoeing for a better reaction.
  • Don’t miss the player with the ball during the movement.


This very much depends on our aim. In this case, we want to stablish the concept and make progress during the session, little by little. So, the drills will mainly be outside of the box. This way, we make the goalkeeper focus more in how he must make it and his feelings than in avoiding the goal.



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