Mission Statement

The Academy’s goal is to offer high level goalkeeper training in a positive and encouraging environment.


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.

2020 Summer Season Information

July 27-30 (Mon-Tues-Wed-Thur)
5:30-6:30 (U9-U12)
6:45-7:45 (U13-U18)
Aug 10-12 (Mon-Tues-Wed)
5:30-6:50 (U9-U12)
7:00-8:20 (U13-U18)

Interested in GK Academy?

Please email Mike Lupichuk, Director of Goalkeeping at mlupichuk@delawarefc.org



Goalkeeping Academy, Delaware FC

Director of Goalkeeping

Training Staff

Director of Goalkeeping and DEFC-Hockessin GK Training Staff

Mike Lupichuk - Director of Goalkeeping

- US Soccer National C License    (class work done for B in 2015 but field work not)
- NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma
- 20+ years coaching @ Fairfax, TRFC and DERush
- 4x State Cup Winner
- Region 1 Semi-Finalist
- 5x NJ State ODP Player
- 2x ODP Region 1 Player
- 1x ODP National Pool Player
- 4 year HS starter & captain @ TR East
- All State & All Conference Selection
- Regional All American nomination
- George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
- Jersey Shore Boca (USISL)
Personal Info:
- Born & raised playing in NJ
- Married (Karin) w/ twins (Ashley & Ethan)
- Retired after 25+ years as Finance executive
- 6 year member of Hockessin Soccer Club / Delaware Rush Board
- 10 year member JPMorgan Analyst Program Committee
- 5 year Bear Trap Player Advisor Board

During training there may also be other collegiate goalkeepers present – offering our goalkeepers an extraordinary depth of experiences, tactics and training exercises.

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. 2019/2020 Winter Academy cost = $125

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!