The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper

The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper


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Shut down the opponent and stop every shot. Only The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper will show you how to combine awareness, technique, and physical conditioning to anticipate the opponent's every move.

In The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper, renowned goalkeeping coach Tim Mulqueen shares his secrets and provides unparalleled instruction for developing the skills, techniques, and mental mind-set for mastering the game's toughest position:

Stance, positioning, and footwork

Leaping, diving, and saving shots at various heights

Orchestrating the defense and distributing the ball

Reading the game, including shooters, angles, and set plays

Penalty kicks and situation-specific tactics

Specific conditioning exercises to develop explosive power, sharpen eye-hand coordination, and improve reaction time

The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper also includes advice from leading goalkeepers, analysis of many of the game's stellar saves, and exclusive insights from today's top attackers on the defensive weaknesses they try to exploit.

From tactics to strategies, The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper is simply the most complete guide available for players and coaches of the game's most challenging position.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736084352
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.
Publication date: 11/24/2010
Pages: 195
Sales rank: 589,270
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 11.86(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tim Mulqueen has been coaching goalkeepers at all levels since 1990 and is currently the goalkeeper coach with the United States national teams. He is also the goalkeeper instructor for the U.S. Soccer Federation A, B, and C licenses and has helped in the establishment and curriculum for the newly formed U.S. Soccer Federation goalkeeping license.

Mulqueen was an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach for the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He has coached athletes who have gone on to achieve worldwide recognition, including England Premier League players Tim Howard, Kasey Keller, Marcus Hahnemann, and Brad Guzan. Before joining U.S. Soccer, Mulqueen coached in the MLS where he won the 2000 MLS Cup and Supporters Shield. While in the MLS, Tim coached Zach Thornton, who went on to win the 1998 Goalkeeper of the Year award. Tim also coached U.S. international goalkeeper Tony Meola when, in 2000, he became the only goalkeeper to win the MLS MVP Award, in addition to being named Goalkeeper of the Year. Mulqueen has coached in four Youth World Cups, two at the U-20 level and two at the U-17 level. He resides in Bradenton, Florida, with his wife, Kathleen, his son, Trevor, and daughter, Cate.

Mike Woitalla is the executive editor of Soccer America, where he has worked since 1985. He has covered four World Cups for the magazine and has reported on soccer from 17 nations. His freelance articles have appeared in more than 30 media outlets in eight countries.

Woitalla is a regular contributor to the British soccer monthly When Saturday Comes and has won six NSCAA Writing Contest awards as well as two Professional Soccer Reporters of America awards. He is the coauthor of former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna's book More Than Goals.

Woitalla is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a member of the Golden Bears varsity soccer team. He currently coaches youth soccer and is married to Holly Kernan, a public radio producer, host, and reporter. They live in Oakland, California, with their daughter.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Key to Diagrams xii

1 Is That a Keeper? Assessing and Selecting Goalkeepers 1

2 Hero to Zero to Hero: Goalkeeping's Mental Challenges 19

3 Coach and Keeper: Building a Unique Partnership 35

4 The Save Starts Before the Shot 53

5 Diving Saves: To Fly and Land Safely 73

6 Distribution: The Keeper as Orchestrator 89

7 Expect the Unexpected: Reading the Game 105

8 Catch Them if You Can: Handling Crosses 123

9 Ready? Set Play! 139

10 In the Spotlight: Penalty Kicks 151

11 Practice, Practice, Practice 161

12 Hitting the Peak: Physical Conditioning 173

Index 191

About the Authors 195

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“If you ask me when I really knew I wanted to be a goalkeeper, I trace it to when Tim Mulqueen started training me at a New Jersey soccer camp when I was 12 years old… [The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper] is more than a series of exercises: It delves into all the aspects of the position and the coach–player relationship… And that’s what makes this book so valuable to the future of goalkeepers—it speaks to both the player and the coach.”

Tim Howard-- U.S. Soccer Men's National Team, Everton Football Club

"The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper is a must-have for goalkeepers and their coaches. From tactics to strategies, Mulqueen and Woitalla cover it all."

Peter Nowak -- Head Coach, Philadelphia Union

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have coached youth soccer for 15 years. This book details everything you need to know about how to train gk's. I found the drills and exercises most helpful. The gk's I train found them easy to implement and incredibly helpful in game situations. There are chapters and chapters of useful, practical exercises to use on new, inexperienced players as well as national team hopefuls. A great value for the amount of useful information!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book to supplement my son's goalkeeper training for his HS varsity team. The drills are straightforward, easy to implement - yet challenging. I have also found that the exercises in this book are useful for my youngest (11 years) son's youth team. Overall, a helpful book FULL of drill, exercises and fitness info that I found to be very helpful.
FormerCampKeeper More than 1 year ago
I attended Tim Mulqueen's goalkeeper camps years ago and have used many of the techniques I remembered in coaching my own youth team. It's great now to have this book as a coaching tool and reference guide.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book for anyone who has a child that is a goalkeeper or interested in becoming one. This book is well written & the drills that are illustrated in this book will help a goalkeeper improve his skills. It has certainly helped my child and he will continue to use this book as a guide as he continues his soccer career. I have recommended this book to other parents that I have met that have children that are goalkeepers.