Goalkeeper training v goalkeeper coaching… what is the difference?

A lot of young goalkeepers (and especially a parent of a goalkeeper) think goalkeeper coaching and goalkeeper training is exact the same but there is a small difference.


With goalkeeper coaching, sessions this is when a goalkeeper coach will normally stop the goalkeeper coaching sessions, to fine tune a goalkeepers technique. So basically the goalkeeper coach has seen a mistake that a goalkeeper student has made while goalkeeper training and the gk coach is correcting this technique.


So this is a goalkeeping coach coaching his students, thus running a goalkeeper coaching session.


A goalkeeper training session is when a goalkeeper coach will normally set up his or her training session and then just let their goalkeeper students get on with their training while rarely stopping the goalkeeper training session, thus just letting the sessions just flow.


So that’s the difference, really. One session is stop and start  and the other session flows.


So the next question is, which is more important, a goalkeeper training session or a goalkeeper coaching session?


And the answer is ‘both’ are just as important as each other!


So as a goalkeeper or a parent of a young goalkeeper, you must have a goalkeeper coach who does both.


You need a goalkeeping coach who will not only develop you as a goalkeeper (or your child) but will allow you to put your new found skills into practice, so they need to allow some of their goalkeeper training sessions to flow!


So I hope this quick explanation helps as this is the slight difference between goalkeeper training and goalkeeper coaching!


So make sure your goalkeeper coach is doing both!

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The Important of wearing padded goalkeeper protection

I have been playing in goal since I was eight years old, and from the age of eighteen to twenty eight years old I was a pro keeper playing many years at the very high level. It was only a training ground injury that halted my career.

However I started J4K in 1999 and been helping keepers and their parents for many many years now J

So even though I have been involved in goalkeeping and goalkeeper training  for a long time now, I am still surprised at the amount of goalkeepers not wearing the correct padded goalkeeping equipment.

I know it’s the fault of young keepers who have to rely on what their parent or soccer coach advises them but as most parents and or the coaches to do not understand goalkeeping, sadly the young keeper will not be fully protected.

Especially as more and more games and training is done on artificial soccer pitches, goalkeepers need to be wearing protected gear for one big reason… to STOP grass or turf burns.

Having turf burns on your hips, elbows or knees is one of the most painful injuries you can  ever have, and for coaches who just say to their keepers, ‘Oh just play on!’ this is borderline child abuse! Seriously! 

Having had many turf  and or grass burns myself many times over my time as a goalkeeper, I will tell you this… it can be more painful than breaking or fracturing a bone!

So parents and coaches, PLEASE PLEASE make sure your goalkeepers (child) is protected with the correct goalkeeping gear.

Also the gk padding in the protected goalkeeper clothing, also stops potential bruised bones, which again hurts!

I know not just stating this information because there is a link below to the Just4keepers shop where you can get padded gear with upto 75% off retail but I tell you this because I have been helping, goalkeepers, parents and coaches now for nearly 3 decades and this is solid sensible goalkeeping advise from someone who not only knows what he is talking about, but I have gone through this process myself and my thousands of students for many many years now.

So please take my important tip on-board.. wear the correct goalkeeper padded equipment!!!!

Check out: https://j4ksports.co.uk/goalkeeper-protection-junior

Hope this goalkeeping tip helps.

Ray Newland

Founder Just4keepers

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J4K Goalkeeper Camps

We are happy to launch our 2017 goalkeeper training camps all over the world :) - CHECK OUT - www.goalkeeper-camps.com 

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Check Out The Father And Child Goalkeeping Team

Here is another amazing success story of how Just4keepers are bringing fathers and their goalkeeping children together!

The below picture you will see goalkeeping duo frank and Francesco enjoying their goalkeeping training development together while sporting the J4K Surround Cut goalkeeper gloves.

J4K has been helping parents and goalkeepers achieve their dreams all over the world since 1999 and we are very proud that we have helped goalkeepers get to professional soccer clubs globally or gain college scholarships throughout the usa but to see that Just4keepers is helping father and their children get closer together, we believe this is an amazing success story in itself.

If you are a father and child goalkeeping team and Just4keepers has brought you closer together, we would really love to hear your story.

Please see the  picture of goalkeeper frank and Francesco below:

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Here is a great picture of Goalkeeping Legend Bruce Grobbelaar Wearing His J4K Goalkeeper Gloves as goalkeeper coach for Ottawa Fury in canada in the ULS league. 

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Goalkeeper Dreams Do Come True

Goalkeeper Dreams Do Come True

Below is an amazing picture of  current J4K goalkeeper student getting lead onto the soccer field by ex current J4K student and now professional goalkeeper Adam Davies.

Adam who was coached by Just4keepers founder Ray Newland is having an amazing professional goalkeeping career and the below picture underlines the ethos of Just4keepers, that any young goalkeeper can achieve their goalkeeping dreams

.J4K - Proud To Be Different!

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J4K Helping Father And Children Building Memories.

If you are truly aware of our values and missions, you will know that J4K tries our best to change the lives of young goalkeepers around the world with our goalkeeper coaching and training (and also helping mums, dads and goalkeepers save money on their goalkeeping gloves.)


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Another J4K success Story, J4K student from Ontario, canada arrives in scotland to begin his trials with motherwell fc. Good luck Alex from all your friends at Just4keepers

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Below is a great picture of Plymouth Arglye goalkeeper and captain Luke mccormick saving a penalty live on sky sports against Liverpool football club.

Check out the J4K Goalkeeper Gloves Below:

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Yet Another J4K Amazing Success Story!

I have been running Just4keepers goalkeeper training school now for nearly twenty years and I do not get bored of seeing the young goalkeeperstudnts that attend our Just4keepers goalkeeper training sessions and watching their success. It is something I am very very proud of what myself and my fellow J4K goalkeeper coaches around the globe are achieving by helping these young keepers achieve their dream.

There is goalkeeper schools… then there is J4K!

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