Craig Curk – Tips For New Soccer Goalkeepers

While attending Xavier University, Craig Curk played as a Division 1 goalkeeper in the sport of soccer. The position is amongst the most challenging in the sport, as keepers are the last line of defense in terms of preventing the opposition from scoring goals. If you want to improve your skills as a goalkeeper, you should try to keep all of the following pointers in mind.

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Cover The Angles
If you end up facing a one-on-one situation with a striker, your main job is to make yourself as large as possible while also cutting out the angles from which the striker is capable of shooting. For example, if a striker approaches at your near post, you need to get close enough to that post to prevent the goal threat there, while also dictating the direction that the striker will have to shoot in, making a save more likely.

Practice Catching
While much of modern goalkeeping is based around deflecting balls away from your goal, especially as newer soccer balls move in the air at speeds that are much higher than a few decades ago, catching is still a fundamental aspect of the sport. You need to develop safe hands so that you can cut out crosses and corner kicks with minimal fuss.

Talk To Your Defense
Craig Curk is youth soccer coach. Goalkeepers have full views of the play in front of them, which means they can provide direction to their defenses, allowing them to cover threats quickly. Communicate constantly and make sure your defense stays in formation.

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About Craig Curk

Craig Curk has been a youth soccer coach for over ten years. With a National “D” License, he has led his U-15 boys’ team to tenth place in the state cup championship in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He played Division I soccer at Xavier University while he was completing his BSBA in Accounting, but he never lost the desire to be involved with the sport.
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