Goalkeeper training

During the AC Milan camps the goalkeepers receive an different AC Milan Academy – Sport kit and follow a specific training program that is based on the peculiarity of the role of the goalkeeper in the team.
So, during the mornings, the goalkeepers are separated from the rest of the group and dedicated coaches train them separately. In the afternoons, however, during the internal team tournament and the individual trails, they rejoin their peers. In soccer the role as goalkeeper is surely one of the most demanding.

Goalkeeper save during the training session at the AC Milan football summer campYoung goalkeepers in the AC Milan Academy Camp

Indeed, the goalkeeper is an atypical player both because he almost always plays in a restricted space (the penalty area) and because inside that space, unlike the other players, he cannot touch the ball with his hands.

During the game, the goalkeeper can be considered the starting point and the last defence. Playing as goalkeeper requires great responsibility and this is why a goalkeeper has to have a strong personality allowing him to face the most difficult situations with high levels of concentration and psychic balance.

Six goalkeepers perform an exercise on the low catch following the instructions of the coach of the Sporteventi technical staff at the AC Milan Academy CampGoalkeeper high save at the AC Milan Academy Junior Camp

Today the goalkeeper is required to have special skills and knowledge in addition to those typical of his role, which is to protect his goal and to be a reference point for the game tactics of his teams (in particular the defence), showing the importance of the ability to direct the defence.

When planning the goalkeeper training we always think of how he behaves in the field and we work on what will make him improve his performance, and notably:

  • technical-tactical training
  • concentration
  • immediate strength
  • speed and rapidity
  • reactivity and reflexes
  • acrobatic training – balance – deftness – agility

The other physical qualities are indirectly trained when repeating the technical workouts.

During the training at the AC Milan Academy Camp, the goalkeeper performs an exercise with an elastic net to improve reflexes and agilityThe young goalkeeper communicates with his teammates during the training match at the AC Milan Academy Camp

The camp requires a doctor’s medical certificate (Family Doctor’s Clean Bill of Health), no older than one year, attesting that the participant is physically able to fully participate in all sports and social activities during the camp.

The official languages of the camp are Italian and English. Half of the staff speak English fluently and one coach also speaks fluently Russian.

Videos

Goalkeeper training on Sporteventi YouTube channel