Delaware FC's Goalkeeper Academy’s goal is to offer technical goalkeeper training in a positive and encouraging environment. Training will be done based on the player's ability level. Goalkeeper Academy will address technical skills, communication, leadership, bravery, calmness, decision making, etc…

The Delaware FC Goalkeeper Academy is free to current Delaware FC Competitive players during the Fall and Spring Seasons. Summer and Winter GK Academy will involve a fee.

Delaware FC’s Goalkeeper Academy is led by GK Director Alex Nestor.


Fall Goalkeeper Academy Training SCHEDULE TBD:

Indoor Location:
Grail Sports Complex
904 New Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19805
Cost: TBD

Spring Competitive GK Program:

  • Spring 2023 Schedule TBD
  • Team Training - Academy staff to have a presence during team training sessions throughout the season. Format of involvement on team training nights will vary throughout the season. 
  • Game Assessment - Academy staff attend a game and provide an assessment at least once during the 22/23 season for ages U11 and up.

Goalkeeping Essentials:

  • Hand eye coordination training to sharpen movement and reflexes
  • Footwork
  • Distribution with hands and feet
  • Goalkeeping decisions with hands and feet
  • Positioning and goal box awareness

Interested in participating in Delaware FC’s GoalKeeper Academy?  Please click the button below to submit a form to be added to the Academy schedule and specific communications.


Delaware FC 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!