Andrew Sparkes

Currently the first team goalkeeping coach of South African giants, Orlando Pirates, Andrew Sparkes is a UEFA ‘A’ licensed goalkeeping specialist with over 12 years of professional coaching in the UK, USA, Austria and Africa.

Prior to joining the Orlando Pirates, he spent six years as the head of academy goalkeeping at both Swansea City and at New York Red Bulls in the MLS. He spent a year with current Austrian champions, FC Red Bull Salzburg as the goalkeeping coach of their U18s team, while on the international stage he served as goalkeeping coach for Sierra Leone’s national team for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Sessions by Andrew Sparkes

Shot-stopping for keepers

in Goalkeeping

This is a functional shot-stopping session that starts using just the goalkeepers and the goalkeeping coach and it then progresses into a broader session and a small-sided game with the outfield players. The integration of the outfield players makes the session more match realistic and it will enhance the goalkeeper’s decision making in game situations... MORE

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