Developing the role of the Goalkeeper

The role of the goalkeeper from specific and unique training demands, in accordance with special coaching requirements requires more attention as the game continues to evolve.

As with most out-field, technical, performance and other support coaches, devoting more time to the development of the player becomes a fundamental but difficult task due to time limitations. As a result, maximising time and coaching from a holistic and multi-functional perspective to provide as much attention to your goalkeepers as you would like is paramount.

The ISSPF online Professional Masters in Goalkeeper Coaching Science (Senior Pro Level) is designed and executed to build on the knowledge of the coach generated through coaching licence fabian es to provide even further depth into the coaching science detail of the position.

Brazil national team goalkeeper Alisson

The bespoke course delivered by experts around the world of goalkeeping will provide learners with very detailed outlooks, in-depth content around the world of coaching and sport science directly applied to goalkeepers.

From providing an introduction to contemporary training methodology directly influencing the role of the goalkeeper, to exposing the learners to specific movement preparation and improving technical efficiency and provision of philosophical and technical insights to goalkeeper training – right through to an in-depth dietary analysis of an English Premier League goalkeeper, and maximising the development of a goalkeeper specific game and training model, ISSPF are aiming to expose elite level best practice and accentuate the development of coaching science in this unique area.       

Managing pressure within the position or game is of fundamental importance, and as a result of this emotion, anxiety & other coping strategies in elite football is discussed in this course. 

As shown in the youth goalkeeper coaching science course, motivation, confidence, and opposition characteristics are all part of the problem for goalkeepers. This is without the added pressure of fans, teammates and media outlets criticising goalkeeping errors.

It goes without saying that there is no doubt abut the fact that the role of the goalkeeper is arguably the most important within the team, mainly due to the fact that the player in this position defending the goal, has to be both mentally and physically balanced to become successful.

The Goalkeeper

Effective goalkeepers at the elite level tend to show great agility coupled with quick reflexes that are coupled with the capacity to be explosive, jump high with a wide arm span in order to stop shots and crosses.

The goalkeeper position arguably represents a unique role within the team sport, and despite its highly complex skill demands, research on football goalkeeping has only sporadically examined the position within isolation. Due to the ever-changing demands on the game, the significant demands from a positional perspective are also significantly being driven.

Goalkeepers see everything up the pitch and need to be excellent communicators. This skill is something that has been covered within the ISSPF Certificate in Psychology & Mental skills Training alongside the Certificate in Goalkeeping Coaching Science (Pro Youth Level). The goalkeeper is continually communicating with defensive players and midfielders to organise and increase the synchronicity and maintain balance across the team.

Furthermore, developing leadership qualities to ensure the goalkeeper coordinates free kicks, corner kicks and goal kicks as well as in the modern game, to start the attacks from playing out.


With the goalkeeper having excellent ‘eyes up the pitch’ and ‘bigger picture’ view of the shape of both teams and the field of play, having the capacity to start attacks and distribute quickly from one side to another is vital.

Keepers can clip the ball to the high full-back, roll it to the centre back, or play long into the centre forward, and therefore must now spend more time developing the capacity to play out more than ever before. Teams that effectively use the goalkeeper to distribute the ball to players generally dominate possessional based play.

England's Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley with the ball

Elite Modern Goalkeepers

As discussions surrounding the modern-day goalkeeper has seen an incredible evolution with the way they train, and the demands in the context of match-play, the shift to integrate the goalkeeper within the training content has become both popular & significant.

Manuel Neuer

Apart from having the joint-most clean sheets (10) in Germany’s top-flight last season, Manuel Neuer secured again the most sweeper clearances and the highest pass completion of any goalkeeper.

Manuel Neuer

Yassine Bounou

Enjoying a fantastic campaign for La Liga giants last season with Sevilla and the stats showing how the player ended the season with the best shot-to-save ratio Bounou is known as a top-level shot stopper and communicator. 


Having won the EPL again on numerous occasions with Manchester City FC, Ederson jointly won the award for the cleanest sheets playing in the English Premier League last season and the second-lowest goals against per 90 minutes. Season upon season Ederson is well-known for his excellent distribution and starting attacks from his own box.


Join our Masters in Goalkeeping Coaching Science Course

Interested to find out more and develop your skills? The Professional Masters Certificate in Goalkeeper Coaching Science course provides the latest training methods, tactics and strategies for helping coaches prepare, train and develop goalkeepers. 

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