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Kirkwood Soccer Club

Goalkeeping Program

The KSC Goalkeeping Program  focuses on developing Goalkeepers ages 10-18, and provides each Goalkeeper within our Competitive Representative program specific training to help foster a culture of excellence and greatness.

The Training Program provides our players in the Representative Program with the expertise required to become an elite goalkeeper, focusing on the Physical, Tactical, Technical, and Mental aspects which are specific to the position

The program is directed by Keith Duncan, Goalkeeper's Trainer at University Of Delaware, with sessions during the Fall and Spring seasons.

Areas of Coverage

  • Diving Saves (Low, Middle and High Balls)
  • Breakwaya Saves (1v1)
  • Distribution (Goal Kicks, Drop Kicks, Throwing, Punts)
  • Catching
  • Shot Saving
  • Crossing
  • Positioning
  • Reflexes
  • Mastering the ball
  • Organizing the Defense
  • Pass Back Situation
  • Angle play and positioning
  • Restarts (Setting up walls)
  • Reading the Game
  • Communication
  • Starting positions
  • Decision Making
  • Knowledge of Laws of the Game
  • Initiating attacks and CounterAttacks
  • Knowledge of Defense Roles (1st, 2nd, 3rd defender)
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Self Control
  • Training Ethics habits
  • Attitude
  • Dealing with pressure (Success and Failure)
  • Consistency
  • Maturity and Poise
  • Mental Stimulation
  • Flexibility and Coordination
  • Proper Warm-Up
  • Footwork mobility
  • Strength and Agility
  • Conditioning
  • Vertical / Lateral Jumps
  • Power development

Keith Duncan
(KSC Goalkeeping Director)


  • NSCAA National Goalkeeping Instructor (Level III)
  • GK Trainer and Assistant Coach for University of Delaware (Div. I) Men’s Soccer Team
GK FAQs with Keith Duncan
Q. When should I start GK-specific training?
In general, children should not focus exclusively on the GK position until about 11 years old, depending on their individual physical and mental development. It is crucial that the GK play many different field positions as well, this will help them to understand the game from different perspectives before they begin training exclusively as a GK. In particular, the GK must develop strong foot skills with the ball. Today’s game demands that the GK pass and receive the ball regularly during the game, and at the equivalent skill level as the field players.


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