Eugene Timbers FC recognizes that the position of Goalkeeper is a specialty position with specific requirements beyond that of a field player. Beginning with our U10 Academy the development of players who show an interest in goalkeeping is managed through weekly training sessions that focus on age appropriate aspects of goalkeeping. Moving forward in to the competitive ages of U11-U18 our Goalkeepers attend an age and skillset appropriate training session with GK training staff once per week in addition to their normal team training sessions. Our Goalkeeper specific training sessions are managed by licensed coaches who specialize in the Goalkeeping position.
We consider that a Goalkeepers ability to impact a game requires them to be a well rounded soccer player with the same skill set and game awareness as all field players. While we certainly look to teach our young keepers the most effective techniques and functional aspects of shot stopping, we place a heavy emphasis on the Goalkeepers ability to play as a field player and help their team keep the ball in possession, play out the back, solve the varied types of pressure they will see from the opponent and look for moments for quick counter attacks. We also teach our Goalkeepers how to manage team shape based on the type of pressure on the ball, which team is in possession and where the ball is located on the field. Basically, we view the Goalkeeper as a field player who has the added responsibility of shot stopping and leading the team by communicating important defensive adjustments to deny the opponent opportunities on goal.
ETFC Partners with HPG
Goalkeeper Gloves can be costly for players and families as GKs typically will need 2-3 pairs of gloves over the course of a 9-10 month season. We Recommend that GKs have a less costly training pair of GK gloves which they use for all training sessions and a higher quality Match Glove for games. We recognize that all players or families may not be able to do this. In an effort to offer quality GK gloves at less costly price point than the big brands ETFC has partnered with HPG (High Performance Goalkeeping).
Several of our GK Coaching Staff and Club’s GKs are already using HPG Gloves with positive reviews.
Our GKs can use the ETFC HPG flyer. If you are unsure which HPG glove is right for you, please discuss with a member of our GK coaching staff. ETFC GKs are not required to buy HPG gloves, but we highly recommend that you take advantage of this program.
Current Training Schedule:
Group 1 4:30-5:30pm at LCC soccer field
Group 2 5:30-6:30pm at LCC soccer field
Group 3 6:30-7:30pm at LCC soccer field