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Spring 2021 competitive Goalkeeping season


Goalkeeper Philosophy

The basic premise of the goalkeeping philosophy is to simply keep the ball from crossing the goal line between the posts. In order to be successful in this philosophy, we must pay attention to the details of all our Goalkeepers within the club. Details as to simple catching of the ball, to making the save in the top corner, distributing the ball as first line of attack, as well as being the last defender, all must be addressed.

A combination of hard work ethics and a good technical education will provide our Goalkeepers with a solid foundation to become the best possible keeper that their natural ability will allow. Consistently keeping the ball from crossing the goal line between the posts defines a successful goalkeeper.

Goalkeeper Education

U.S. Soccer Introduces Goalkeeping License Course for Coaches
While the U.S. has successful goalkeepers at international and top club levels around the world, there is still more work to be done developing the talent at this position. With this in mind, U.S. Soccer is looking to further develop the Goalkeeping position and coach. This inaugural course will act as a foundation for what plans to be the first in a series of educational opportunities offered. Click here for more information.

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Goalkeeping Mission Statement

The Rush Goalkeeping Program is committed to providing an unparalleled soccer experience for all who have interest in this specialized position. 

The Rush Goalkeeper, the 11th Player

The modern goalkeeper has transitioned far beyond that of a specialist. The position demands proficiency, as much in a goalkeeper's passing and distribution, as it does in his/her ability to execute goalkeeping specific techniques. It demands even more than the basic ability to successfully play the game. The goalkeeper's role in the game sees him/her as both a leader and a coach.

Goalkeeper coaches will say, any save is successful if it keeps the ball out of the net. The goalkeeper mus go beyond this thinking and talk efficiency of play. If a save can be made and held or deflected away without further opportunities on goal, then we have been successful. If a save had been made but further chances are created from that save, the goalkeeper has NOT done the job. The Rush motto is "one shot, one save". To be the most efficient and succesful, he/she MUST have the mindset that if any actions towawrds our goal are taken, the goalkeeper must deal with it the first time.

The most successful teams and goalkeepers in the modern game are those that are just as comfortable in the goal, as playing off their line as an extra player. At Rush, this is not an exception, but the rule for all goalkeepers regardless of level. Each goalkeeper must have the ability to play with his/her feet at the same level of better than the team with which they are playing. The goalkeeper by position is a coach on the field. The knowledge and understanding of all tactical aspects of the game is imperative to success. Goalkeepers must know and be able to effectively communicate each player's role in all tactical situations under the most intense of circumstances within games. This is the end goal. In this way the goalkeeper is able to instill confidence within his/her team and provide a presence of authority and certainty to the role.

The goalkeeper position must not be viewed in isolation; it is vital that he/she is integrated fully with the team. The demands of the game will continue to evolve in such a way that to be successful, the goalkeeper must have the willingness and ability to be the 11th player. The goalkeeper must have the willingness and the ability to embody the #1 jersey. The position requires that they are the first line of attack and the most important in defense. First and foremost, the goalkeeper is a soccer player; as such, he/she must embrace the belief that they affect the ability of their team to win or lose games.


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