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BLUE DEVILS GOALKEEPER ACADEMY



ABOUT LUCAS

Playing Experience

30 professional first team appearances

Youth

  • Oakville Blue Stars(U14 National champions)
  • TFC academy(CSL)

Senior

  • Dundee FC(SPL)
  • Kilmarnock(SPL)
  • Hamilton Accies(SPL)
  • Queens Park FC(SPFL)
  • Clyde(SPFL)
  • Airdrie(SPFL)
  • Montrose(SPFL)
  • Toronto Skillz(L1O)
  • Unionville Milliken(L1O)

Current Club: Oakville Blue Devils FC (League1 Ontario)

National/Provincial

  • Canadian National Team Program (NTC)
  • Provincial programs U14-U16

Coaching Experience

  • Ginga Soccer Academy (Head Goalkeeper Coach)
  • Flamborough Dundas Soccer Club (Head Goalkeeper Coach)
  • Mt Hamilton Youth Soccer Club (Head Goalkeeper Coach)
  • East Hamilton
  • Toronto Skillz

ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS GOALKEEPER ACADEMY

The Blue Devils Goalkeeper Academy provides an environment where goalkeepers can learn and, more importantly, understand the fundamentals of goalkeeping and the role they play on and off the field.

The BDA GK training program covers all of these fundamentals:

  • Handling Technique
  • Diving Technique
  • Scoop Technique
  • Proper Set Position
  • Dealing with 1v1 Scenarios
  • Dealing with Set Pieces and Crosses
  • Proper Footwork
  • Angles in the net
  • Reaction Time
  • Goalkeeper Fitness and Distribution

There is a big focus on distribution as modern goalkeepers must be just as good with their feet as outfield players because they are being relied upon to be involved with buildup play and to be the first line of attack. The goal is to have the goalkeepers coming away from training with a better understanding of goalkeeping as well as the technical aspects of the game while instilling a professional and passionate mentality in them. Training will be the place to become a more confident goalkeeper.

Goalkeeping Foundation Phase — Technical and Tactical

Goalkeepers — Technical:

  • Handling — Footwork set in position with a variation of serves
  • Distribution — Playing out from the back from feet and hands, providing angles of support
  • Handling — Variation of handling practices concluding with penetrative distribution
  • Shot Stopping — Dealing with 1v1 encounter
  • Shot Stopping — Low, medium and high diving saves from central area
  • Distribution — Technique of longer distribution for feet and hands (counter attacks)
  • Shot Stopping — Speed of movement across the goal down the line of the ball for an angled strike
  • Handling — Technique of dealing with low balls in and around the body
  • Crossing — Basic technique and positioning (in relation to the ball) covering balls into front, middle and far areas

Goalkeepers — Tactical:

  • Goalkeeper Support — Using a variety of passes and throws to start play
  • Goalkeeper Support — Choosing the best distribution option
  • Goalkeeper Support — Using the ball quickly after making a save
  • Goalkeeper Defending — Dealing with through ball situations and learning how to deal with close range shots
  • Goalkeeper Defending — Attacking the ball and parrying away to safe areas in game situations
  • Goalkeeper Defending — Making recovery saves within the game
  • Goalkeeper Communications — Communication to defenders individually and as a unit
  • Goalkeeper Communications — Developing the ability to be clear and concise
  • Goalkeeper Communications — Set positions in relation to the ball
  • Goalkeeper Positioning — Where to be on the field in relation to the ball and who has possession
  • Goalkeeper positioning — Where to be in specific set play scenarios within the game and how to set up for those scenarios

Goalkeeper Characteristics

Psychological:

  • Winner: A relentless approach to being No. 1
  • Nerve Strength: A robust inner belief to perform under pressure
  • Self Aware: Understands and uses personal characteristics to maximize their own and team’s performance
  • Control: Regulates the appropriate emotional state in order to maximize performance

Tactical:

  • Manager of the game: Proactively executes their own role within the team in order to control the game at any given time
  • Proactive Manager out of possession: Denies goal scoring opportunities through positioning, instruction and effective actions
  • Exploits space in possession: Proactive support that passes and eliminates opposing players

Social:

  • Leader: Guides and inspires others via action, manner and communication towards a common goal
  • Presence: A demeanour that projects positivity onto the team and adversely effects the opposition
  • Learner: Actively absorbs information quickly and efficiently in order to improve performance
  • Connected to the team: Establishes relationships within the team, while retaining their unique identity

Technical:

  • “Big” Saves: Makes unexpected, result defining saves
  • Effective Actions: Produces a variety of unique actions at the relevant moments
  • Outstanding Distributor: Successfully executes a wide range of passing
  • Consistent: Repeated and successful use of effective actions

Physical:

  • Unique: Stands apart from the rest due to an outstanding characteristic or attribute
  • Efficient Mover: A co-ordinated athlete who moves with ease, maximizing the use of physical characteristics
  • Physical Presence: Uses functional power to dominate physical scenarios
  • Robust: Consistently handles the physical demands of the game and all of its scenarios

CONTACT


Blue Devils Academy

952 Century Drive

Burlington, ON L7L 5P2
(289) 273-0119 (Weekdays 9am–5pm)
admin@oakvillebluedevilsfc.com

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