Keeper Page

GOALKEEPER PROGRAM OVERVIEW 

Overview of FC Alliance Goalkeeper Training:

1. Weather permitting, at least four goalie sessions are offered each week during the season -- at NO EXTRA CHARGE for club keepers.  Non-club keepers may be permitted to attend sessions for a fee -- with permission from a club coach or director.  Please contact Hemant Sharma, hsharma@utk.edu, for details.

2. Over the past 9 years, more than 30 FC Alliance goalkeepers have gone on to play in college at all levels, with more than 10 playing at Division 1 schools.

3. The FC Alliance staff now includes seven former collegiate goalkeepers and we often offer guest sessions led by college coaches and current / former professional keepers.  U.S. National Team Goalkeeper and MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Luis Robles joined us for training last year!

4. Topics covered at our sessions will include every aspect of being a successful goalkeeper, including: ready position, catching, breakaways, crosses, footwork, punting, goal kicks, throwing, communication and more.  Keeper coaches are now incorporating video analysis into sessions, as well. 

5. Goalkeeper coaches will also observe keepers in their team practices and provide feedback, particularly in regard to positioning and distribution.

6. This page is updated daily with information about weather and time changes -- as well as tips arising from training sessions and highlights from professional games. Check back regularly!!

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Carrie Ollom or Hemant Sharma

Carrie: cjollom@gmail.com

Hemant: hsharma@utk.edu

 

FC Alliance Goalkeeper Coaching Staff

The FC Alliance Goalkeeper Coaching Staff for 2016-2017 will include a wide array of former college players and current and former college coaches.  This large staff allows us to have multiple coaches at each session and to provide a low coach-to-player ratio.  We also have guest coaches visit from time-to-time, including MLS goalkeeper Luis Robles, who visited us last winter!  We congratulate former FC Alliance goalkeeper coach Ben Munger on being named an assistant coach at Akron University; we will miss Ben!  Our current staff will include the following people; note that some individuals may only work on a seasonal basis:

Hemant Sharma, Director of Non-College Prospect Age Goalkeepers; Former Lady Vols assistant coach; current Tennessee ODP Goalkeeper Coach; former Cornell University goalkeeper; former pro indoor goalkeeper

Carrie Ollom, Director of College Prospect Age Goalkeepers: Former Samford University goalkeeper

Marty Baker, Assistant Director of Goalkeeping: Current Knoxville Force (NPSL) goalkeeper; Graduate Manager, University of Tennessee Womens' Soccer

Rebecca Wyatt: Former University of Tennessee goalkeeper

Maddie Fancher: Former University of Tennessee goalkeeper

Alex Renner: Former UAB goalkeeper

Taylor Campbell: Former UT-Chattanooga goalkeeper

Katelyn Cooley: Former FC Alliance goalkeeper; Xavier University goalkeeper

 

Goalkeeper Resources: Please check out these awesome documents and videos!

Should I "hop" to get set?
Cross-Steps or Shuffle Steps?
Which Hand Do I Drop The Ball With On A Punt?
How far off my line should I stand?
Get To Know Your 18 Yard Box!
The Importance of Setting
Tips to Eliminate Backwards Diving
No More "Carioca Shuffles!"
Things to Say to Your Defenders
The Value of Repetition
Lessons from the 2010 World Cup

Training Schedule Updates

We will train Monday at 6 PM at Alliance. Check out the Top Bar Keepers Facebook Page. We will be posting a new goalkeeper training video there every day.

Winter Goalkeeper Camp

Our winter goalkeeper camp website is now live!!! As a result of our sponsorship deals, all keepers who attend will receive a camp t-shirt, a long sleeve shirt that will serve as a goalkeeper jersey, and a pair of West Coast Gloves (from their Spyder series). That's in addition to coaching from the out-of-town coaches that will join us (more to be added soon). Check out the details and register at www.topbarkeepers.com. Also, BE SURE TO LIKE 'TOP BAR KEEPERS' ON FACEBOOK!

Link to Website for Goalkeeper Equipment / GLOVE DISCOUNT CODE

This is a link to a site called "Keeper Stop," which has some nice resources for goalkeeper equipment.  Click here: https://www.keeperstop.com/gk_training_equipment-n22#! Enter discount code UTGK17...

Another Link for Goalkeeper Gloves

This website has some good prices on goalkeeper gloves.  Use discount code FOX for additional savings. http://www.westcoastgoalkeeping.com