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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)

Playing Experience
• Alma College Captain Coaching Experience:
• Kirkwood Academy GK coach
• University of Delaware Men’s Assistant Coach
• Delaware Dynasty (PDL)
• NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma

• Ice Hockey player St. Olaf College
• Research Scientist DuPont
• MS in Education University of Delaware

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.


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