A session is always formed in three parts:

1. Goalkeeper’s warm-up

• the warm-up must: prepare the goalkeeper physically, technically and mentally, avoid injuries to muscles or joints, be adapted to the practice conditions, the goalkeeper concerned and the main theme of the session, gradually increase intensity.

• the warm-up may be: individual, group or mixed,

• a mixed warm-up comprises of three parts: individual preparation of 2-3 minutes, where each goalkeeper does what he feels is right, basic exercises such as catching the ball, exercises on the ground (dives), specific exercises which allows a proper adaptation and transition towards the main physical and technical parts of the training.

• the warm-up can be performed: without a ball (running, jumping, limbering up, sprints, etc.), with a ball (running with the ball, juggling, catching,

simple goalkeeping moves and saves, etc.), in the form of a small-sided game.

2. The Main Part of the Session

• gathers together all the exercises designed to develop the chosen objective.

• the following parameters must be defined: – adaptation of the exercises to the goalkeeper’s abilities, – progressive increases of the level of complexity of the exercises, – the chosen intensity determines the duration, the number of repetitions, the number of sets, the recovery time and the nature of the recovery (passive/active).

• we can finish the main part with a game which remains within the theme of the session (game of clearances, shots on goal, etc.). This fosters a good atmosphere and friendly relations between the goalkeepers.

3. Cool-down

• this is the part of the session where the goalkeeper calms down using stretching or relaxation exercises. During this calm period we can go over the session and talk about the next scheduled training. It is important to keep a note of training session statistics. This allows us to monitor the way in which the programme is being carried out, draw conclusions for the future and avoid repetition of exercises. All coaches should compile their own statistics in a manner suited to the way in which they work.

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