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Goalkeeper Seminar Bregenz: A worthwhile trip

The date this time was different than usual, but the quality of the seminar was high as always. Even the weather had adapted to the event. In bright sunshine, "Safehands-the art of goalkeeping" held its eleventh goalkeeping seminar on the premises of the Vorarlberg-Mehrerau Football Academy in Bregenz. As in previous years, the selection of speakers was once again impressive. In addition to Andrew Quy from the English first division team Stoke City, this time Brian Sörensen from the Danish top women's team Fortuna Hjorring, Simon Panter from the women's Bundesliga team SC Sand and the optician Sven Empen contributed to the success of the event. Those who took the journey upon themselves did not have to regret coming. They were rewarded with a wealth of information and practical tips on goalkeeper training.

Andrew Quy (Stoke City): This is how I work!

The series of lectures was opened by Andrew Quy, goalkeeper coach at the current seventh-placed team in the English Premier League. He is already in his tenth year with the English first division club and has already had several internationally renowned goalkeepers under his wing, such as the Bosnian national goalkeeper Asmir Begovic or the former Danish national goalkeeper Thomas Sörensen. He is currently coaching England's national goalkeeper and goalkeeper hopeful Jack Butland.

Guys Principles

After a short review of his sporting career and his career as a goalkeeper coach, he showed which focal points are important to him in his daily work. He divides the goalkeeping game into the areas of "shots", "crosses", "open play" and the area of "recieving to play", which could be described as "playing along". When training these focal points, he places particular emphasis on the goalkeeper assuming the correct position in relation to the ball. This always depends on the position of the attacker, so it must be constantly readjusted. He used the example of Stoke City since Mark Hughes took over as head coach to show that previously familiar movement patterns can change. Instead of the former "kick and rush", the goalkeepers have had to adapt to a cultivated short passing game, which requires an adjustment of the training forms of the goalkeeper training to the new system of play.
Also important to him is balance in the goalkeeper. After small movements, they should be as stable as possible in balance.
Equally important to him is the goalkeeper's body language. "Be big," is Quy's motto. With an upright posture, the goalkeeper should radiate self-confidence and thus instill respect in the opponent. When making decisions, the goalkeeper must focus on the ball and the surroundings and not ask himself "Where am I?" but instinctively develop the feeling for it and take the right position.
Furthermore, the goalkeeper should radiate calmness with a relaxed demeanor and thus convey security to his teammates.

Quys Training philosophy

1. since, according to his findings, a goalkeeper has 40% hand contact and 60% foot contact in a match, developing soccer skills is a training focus in his training.
2. Quy incorporates as many elements of goalkeeping as possible into a training week. He already uses the warm up to train technical and tactical elements. The exercises should be based as closely as possible on the processes in the game.
3. It is also important for him to create mental pressure. This arises on the one hand from the competition between goalkeepers to be number one, but also from the head coach's instructions on how the goalkeepers must act in the game system. These guidelines must be implemented as well as possible by the goalkeepers in training.
4. Quy often works with statistics. From these figures he learns, for example, from which zones of the pitch goals are scored particularly often and what type of crosses most often lead to a goal being scored. In daily training sessions, he tries to adjust his goalkeepers to these situations.
5. special emphasis is also placed on training the specific procedures required by Stoke's own system of play and the game plan of head coach Mark Hughes.
6. important in Quy's goalkeeping philosophy is individual work with each goalkeeper. For him, it is important to get to the bottom of his charges' psyche. In regular conversations with his goalkeepers, they should recognize for themselves on which level on a scale of 0-10 they classify themselves in the various goalkeeping areas in order to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses and derive goals for further training work from this. These discussions take place at the beginning of the season, at the end of the first half of the season and at the end of the season. He considers these discussions with goalkeepers who are sitting on the bench to be particularly important.

Course of a training week

Quy presented a typical training week for Stoke City in the form of a table. Team training usually starts at 11 a.m., but the goalkeepers start as early as 10:30. Before the training work begins on the pitch, each player has already worked on his muscular weaknesses in the fitness area. The routines and training focuses during the training week are usually the same. On Mondays, for example, the program always includes footwork and debriefing after the game.

Physical preparation

Using videos, Andrew Quy gave insights into the physical training of goalkeepers. He showed that most of the physical training of goalkeepers takes place mainly in the fitness rooms, but hardly ever on the training pitch. Every day the players work on different muscles. Preference is given to muscle training exercises that mimic the typical movements of goalkeepers and thus train all muscle groups involved in a particular goalkeeping action in equal parts. The goal here is not to work with the heaviest weights possible, but to move the weights as quickly as possible. With the help of various videos, Quy demonstrated the exercises used to train Stoke City's goalkeepers athletically.

Preparation for the upcoming opponent

At the end of his presentation, Quy used video scenes to show how he prepares his goalkeepers for the upcoming opponent. He chose the preparation for the match against league leader Chelsea London. First of all, he explained Chelsea's playing system (3-4-2-1), which results in certain variations that goalkeepers need to be familiar with. For example, he specifically pointed out the two outfield players, who are very fast and feed the strikers with crosses. With the help of typical game scenes, he showed his goalkeepers how these players hit the crosses inside and which target zones they usually aim for in order to score. A next aspect was the behavior of the opposing strikers on these crosses, but also when pressing the goalkeeper after back passes. The question of which shooting leg the opposing strikers mostly choose was another consideration. In the training week before the game, he discusses with his goalkeepers how best to defend these game situations.

In the practical part that followed, Quy showed how he already incorporates goalkeeping techniques in the warm-up. Finally, he used corner kick situations to illustrate how the goalkeeper adjusts his position depending on the game situation to improve his chance of keeping his goal clean.

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