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About the course

This course is ideal for coaches who want to improve the performance of their goalkeepers. Learn how to develop and improve your goalkeeper’s technique and plan and prepare progressive technical practices. The course is delivered by goalkeeping tutors directly appointed by The FA.

Course pre-requisites

Candidates must:

Duration of the course

24 hours

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2021/22 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2020/21 fees were:
Standard price:
Student price: £125

How to apply

This course is currently closed.

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What you'll study

Course content

The practical elements of the course will provide you with the following elements:

  • Specific goalkeeping warm ups and cool downs
  • Coaching basic individual techniques including footwork, the set position, handling techniques, diving saves (catching/deflecting/parrying), dealing with 1v1 situations, and crosses
  • Understanding how to develop and improve the goalkeeper's technique
  • Planning and preparing progressive technical practices
  • Maintaining the health and safety of the players and other coaches
  • Maintaining the high standards of conduct to promote Association football

The theoretical elements of the course will consolidate the key technical aspects of goalkeeping, together with the Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model.

Course exam/certificate

To gain a certificate, you must:

  • Attend all course hours
  • Successfully complete the practical exam and course modules
  • Provide your FAN number
  • Hold a current FA Introduction to First Aid in Football (formerly FA Emergency Aid) qualification
  • Hold a current FA Safeguarding Children qualification

Assessment is via successful practical delivery of a 15-minute goalkeeping coaching topic.

Your future

This course is aimed at football coaches who wish to develop a greater knowledge of goalkeeping skills to help develop the young goalkeepers in their school or youth teams.

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