GOALKEEPING ACADEMY

Mission Statement

The Delaware Rush Spring 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.

Goalkeeping Academy, Delaware FC
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Training Staff

Dan Frick and Carlos Meinhard are DE Rush Premier Trainers and former collegiate goalkeepers. Meinhard, a native of Venezuela, spent four years on the Goldey-Beacom College men’s roster from 2010 through 2013 before joining the staff as an assistant coach in 2014. His goalkeepers have earned multiple post season honors during his time at GBC. Frick just finished his third season as Head Coach of the women’s soccer team at GBC – winning 39 games while earning Coach of the Year honors in 2016 & 2018. His 2018 team finished ranked 10th in the East Region while scoring the 9th most goals in NCAA D2. He holds his NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma while coaching in college every year since his graduation (East Stroudsburg ‘06). 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
dfrick@delawarefc.org

DFC Hockessin Goal Keeping Academy

This is a year long program. The program is free to Current DE Rush Competitive players during the Fall and Spring Seasons. Summer and Winter GK Academy will involve a fee.

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.

Distribution

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

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!