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Kirkwood Soccer Club

Goalkeeping Program

The KSC Goalkeeping Program  focuses on developing Goalkeepers ages 10-18 to,  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 Academy keepers 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 Greg Cope, Goalkeeper's Trainer at Wilmington University, with sessions held once a week during the Fall and Spring seasons.
Fall Training Schedule

Areas of Coverage

TECHNICAL
TACTICAL
  • 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)
PSYCHOLOGICAL
PHYSICAL
  • 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



Greg Cope
(KSC Goalkeeping Director)

Greg Cope is the current Goalkeeper Trainer at Wilmington University.

Prior to coaching, Cope played one season under head coach, Nick Papanicolas and was a member of the 2007 CACC Tournament Championship team.

Cope began coaching in the early 90’s helping out with Kirkwood Soccer programs and also, as an assistant for the Newark High School women’s team in the spring of 1996. While at Newark, he was the goalkeeper coach and had a successful year coaching a brand new keeper to a 0.93 goals against average, nine shutouts, and 2nd Team All-State honors.

Cope earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Organizational Management from Wilmington University in the spring of 2008, as well as an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University in 2011.

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