Mission Statement :The Delaware FC - Hockessin Fall Goalkeeper Academy is open to all representative team soccer goalkeepers. The Academy’s goal is to offer high level goalkeeper training in a positive and encouraging environment.

Objective: To teach all aspects of the soccer goalkeeping trade. We will focus on footwork, handling, diving, dealing with crosses, angle play, communicating, shot-stopping and much more.

2019 Fall Information:

Friday night sessions 9/13-11/1

Age                                Time

U9-12 (2011-2008)           5:30-6:30pm

U13-U19 (2007-2001)      6:30-7:30pm


Location:  Smith Estates Turf
740 Evanson Road
Hockessin, DE 19707



Goalkeeping Academy, Delaware FC

Training Staff

Dan Frick and Suhail Bismilla are DEFC-Hockessin Premier Trainers and former collegiate goalkeepers. Bismilla, a native of South Africa, spent four years on the Goldey Beacom College men’s roster from 2015 through 2018, earning CACC Goalkeeper of the Year in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons before joining the staff as an assistant coach in 2019. Frick played from 1997-2000 at Newark High School before joining East Stroudsburg University during the 2001-2006 seasons. He holds his NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma while coaching in college every year since his graduation. During training there may also be other collegiate goalkeepers present – offering our goalkeepers an extraordinary depth of experiences, tactics and training exercises.

Dan Frick

Director of GoalKeeping

DFC Hockessin Goal Keeping Academy

This is a year long program. The program is free to Current Delaware FC Hockessin Competitive players during the Fall and Spring Seasons. Summer and Winter GK Academy will involve a fee. 2019 Summer Academy cost = $100

All goalkeeping will be done based on the player's ability, not their age. We believe that it is important to train these players appropriately, and will not do activities that are too advanced for the player.

Please make sure each goalkeeper brings a ball and is dressed appropriately. Bring a soccer ball, GK gloves, long sleeve t-shirt / pants, indoor shoes, shin guards and water.

Delaware FC Goalkeeper Training

Delaware FC Hockessin Goalkeeping Academy

Ball Handling

Catching and handling the ball (becoming more familiar with the ball) and footwork (the key to the save).


collapse diving

How to position the hands and catch the ball, the correct body position when attacking the ball and the power that is necessary to make the save when diving.


More catching and handling, however, distribution will also be incorporated such as: throwing (overhand, rolling, side armed) and kicking (punting and drop kicking).

Power Diving

Power diving and shot stopping, even some angle play. This will be similar to collapse diving except the goalkeeper will be getting off the ground a bit more based on their level of play. An introduction to angle play will be presented to the goalkeepers.

Timing a Cross

Dealing with crosses, both early and late. Timing is so important especially when under pressure and this will be our focus. Bending the run, proper catching, and organization of backs.

Catching & Handling

More catching and handling, plus footwork (ladder training and banana hurdles for quickness and agility).



Breakaways and shot stopping. Staying aggressive and building confidence to make the save.

Final Prep

Last time to train for the season! Small sided games; team handball, goalkeeper wars, 3v3 games, etc. Tons of goalkeeper training!