Direct distribution


Half pitch


Cones, balls

No. of players

1 goalkeeper, 1 defender, 3 targets

I like to use this session because distribution from goalkeepers – using both feet – is now a vital part of the game. The latest statistics show that goalkeepers at the highest level use their feet five times as often as their hands when in control of the ball. Distribution has always been crucial for a keeper, and with the way the game is developing, they are increasingly being seen as an outfield player or quarterback in terms of their ability to start forward moves.

Goalkeepers are tested on the accuracy and value of their distribution every time they release the ball in a match. This session helps distribution to real targets become second nature, and prevents them kicking aimlessly.

What do I get the players to do?

Position three targets near to the halfway line. Use a striker in various places around the penalty box to fire balls at the goalkeeper, varying the type and intensity of each shot. The goalkeeper must then deliver the ball accurately to each target. Vary between first-time passes and allowing the keeper to take a touch. The primary intention is that he uses his feet, not his hands. If you don’t have players as targets, used coned areas for the keeper to aim at (1a/1b/1c).


• The shot must be controlled then played out to a specified target.


• The keeper should also look to clear first-time without taking a touch.


• The keeper should use the front and side of both feet to pass.

What are the key things to look out for technically/tactically?

We’re looking for passing accuracy over varied distances, and the use of both feet in doing so, plus the fundamental skills of receiving and controlling the ball in the first place. The session is demanding but good fun, and keepers will see marked improvements if they keep practicing.

How do I progress the session?

Bringing in more players helps goalkeepers visualise the drill more clearly, and helps them better define specific areas.

Another way to progress is to play six attackers against the back four. Get those defenders to hold a high line while the attackers play balls in behind them and chase. Look for the keeper to know how to react to the situation, knowing that in this session he can only use his feet, not his hands (2a/2b/2c).

And we wouldn’t be afraid to have a competition between goalkeepers, with forfeits for losers (e.g. press-ups, sprints).


• The goalkeeper clears the danger by controlling, moving with the ball, and passing to his defender.


• Attackers again press. If the keeper has more time, he can measure a pass to his target.


• Utilise simple passes as well so that one-touch moves can be started.



  • Ball movementBall movement
  • Player movementPlayer movement
  • DribbleDribble
  • Optional movementOptional movement