Top Soccer Goalkeeper Camps to Improve Your Skills between the Sticks
There are plenty of soccer camps for outfield players but what about soccer goalkeeper camps? We take a look at the goalkeeping role and how young players can benefit from specialist training.
It must be said that goalkeepers are often overlooked. When tacticians refer to formations such as 4-4-2, 4-4-3 or 3-5-2, the numbers always add up to 10, with the goalkeeper notably absent (the exception being in Italy where formations often include a 1 for the keeper).
It has been suggested that goalkeepers are like the drummers of a football team – maverick loners with a specific skill set that is alien to the rest of the team. They often celebrate goals alone and there is little time to applaud or congratulate them when they do something magical.
Goalkeepers are often held accountable for losses but rarely credited for wins. Their job sometimes seems like a thankless task, yet there are those who crave this role above all others on the football field. So where can budding young soccer players go to receive expert goalkeeper training during their summer break?
Of course there are many soccer camps around the world but not all of them provide the facilities or staff to carry out specific goalkeeper training. And while it can be true that goalkeepers can benefit from standard outfield soccer training sessions, without specialist training there is little or no chance of them developing their game to a high level.
Luckily there are soccer camps, many attached to top teams, which also provide summer training camps for goalkeepers. And we are delighted to be able to offer young players the chance to attend such camps every summer.
Each summer, the Real Madrid Foundation offers soccer goalkeeper camp places to budding young players between 9 and 17 years of age. The boys and girls can spend their time training under the guidance of professional coaches alongside like-minded youngsters from all over the world. In addition, a range of extra-curricular activities and excursions are organized by the Foundation’s team. Training at one of the world’s biggest clubs is sure to provide children with a summer experience that they will never forget.
We offer standard (all abilities) or technical programs (for federated players) at the Real Madrid Foundation. This course can also be combined with English or Spanish language lessons.
The Barcelona High Performance training program offer an intensive summer training camp for young goalkeepers aged between 6 and 21 years.
Boys and girls who attend this camp will take part in a demanding and intensive program that focuses on technical precision and leaves little time for other excursions and activities.
The course is aimed at young people who have already reached an advanced football and want to improve the physical, technical, tactical and psychological aspects of their game. The course can be booked with or without accommodation and long-term programs are also available.
What better place to receive specialist goalkeeper training than at the facilities of world famous football club FC Barcelona.
This program offers youngster in the 6-13 and 14-21 age groups specialist goalkeeper training at the club’s Ciudad Deportiva Joan Camper complex. The centre is home to Barcelona’s famous ‘Masia’ youth academy and also hosts first team training sessions. Player will get to practice on the same ground as Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
The program features four hours of physical and tactical training each day under the guidance of official coaches from FC Barcelona. All of the coaches have vast experience training players throughout various categories of the club. FC Barcelona offer a program only for girls and all the coaches are womens.
AC Milan are one of the most famous football teams in the world and for more than 25 years they have been organising junior football camps in Italy and beyond. Budding male and female goalkeepers between the age of 7 and 17 can spend a portion of their summer break training with top coaches at some of the best facilities in Italy. There, they will have fun, improve their performance and learn to apply core values such as respect, discipline and teamwork.
And who knows, they might even join the ever-growing list of players who have been scouted while attending the camp.
The high-performance program focuses on technique and strategy but also covers physical and mental training. The course can be combined with English classes for an even more complete and rewarding experience.
So, if you have a child who dreams of becoming the next Gianluigi Buffon, Manuel Neuer, David de Gea or Thibaut Courtois, why not give them access to top class coach and send them on a soccer camp this summer.
To help you choose the right soccer goalkeeper camp for your child, our team are always on hand to answer all of your questions and offer expert advice.
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