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University of Tennessee Soccer Camps

Goalkeeper Academy

Location Knoxville, TN
Event Date(s) Jun 14, 2019 to Jun 16, 2019
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Event Description


Come join us in Knoxville for the 11th year of the Tennessee Goalkeeper Academy, a unique experience designed just for goalkeepers! Our staff will include current college coaches and current and former collegiate goalkeepers. This highly-experienced goalkeeper staff will lead campers through a rigorous three-day, seven-session training camp in the confines of the University of Tennessee’s multi-million dollar Regal Soccer Stadium. Our sessions will mirror the regimens of collegiate and professional goalkeepers. We will also address the psychological aspects of soccer’s most important position, as well as the formation of goalkeeper-specific strength and explosive workouts. This will be an exceptional opportunity for goalkeepers from around the country to train together in a specialized environment.

Friday, June 14 - Sunday, June 16

Regal Soccer Stadium (2317 Stephenson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996)

Open To Boys & Girls Ages 9 - 18

$350 per Player

Soccer Ball | Size 4 or 5: $25

1:30pm-2:00pm: Registration & Check-In

2:15pm-4:15pm: Session 1 (120 Minutes)

  • Set Position
  • Basic Handling: Contour Catch Hand Shape Basket Catch, Front Smothering
  • Footwork Prior to Shot (“When to Get Set”)
  • Footwork After Shot (First-Step Explosiveness)

4:15pm-5:15pm: Snack (Not Provided) / Recovery Time

5:30pm-8:30pm: Session 2 (120 Minutes)

  • Footwork Into a Dive / (Angle of Power-Step; Pushoff; Shuffle to a Dive; Cross-Step to a Dive)
  • Low Diving technique (When to Parry)
  • High Diving Technique (“Top-Hand” Saves)
  • Shot-Stopping Drills

8:30pm: Pick-Up at Regal Stadium

8:30am-11:00am: Session 6 (150 Minutes)
  • Crossing Continued
  • 3 Goal Situation
  • Reaction Saves From Redirects

11:00am-12:00pm: Snack (Not Provided) / Recovery Time

12:00pm-2:00pm: Session 7 (120 Minutes)

  • Distribution (Goal Kicks, Throws, Punts, Drop-Kicks)
  • Dealing with Back Passes
  • Starting the Counter-Attack
  • Goalkeeper Competitions / Goalie Wars - including Staff Goalie War Challenge!!

2:00pm: Closing Remarks / Pick-Up at Regal Stadium

9:00am-11:30am: Session 3 (150 Minutes)
  • Breakaways (Recent & Classic Techniques)
  • Collecting Through Balls in the Penalty Area
  • Recovering & Reloading
  • Close-Range Shots / Reaction Saves
  • Lunch Time Discussion: Psychological Aspects of Goalkeeping

11:30am-1:30pm: Lunch (Sandwiches) / Recovery Time

1:30pm-4:00pm: Session 4 (150 Minutes)

  • Video Analysis From Friday’s session(s)
  • Angle Play
  • Set Pieces / Setting Walls
  • Communication / Organizing the Defense
  • Games: Ziggy’s Breakaway Challenge!!
  • Games: Penalty Kick Challenge

4:00pm-6:00pm: Dinner (Pizza) / Recovery Time

6:00pm-8:00pm: Session 5 (120 Minutes)

  • Crossing
  • Drop Step / Back to Bar / Tipping Over the Goal
  • Boxing (One & Two Hands)

8:00pm: Pick-Up at Regal Stadium

Checklist for campers (please label all items with camper’s name):

  • Ball (Campers may also purchase a Tennessee Soccer ball for $25 during online registration or in person at registration – we accept cash, check or credit card with the exception of American Express.)
  • Footwear Suitable for Outdoor Play
  • Keeper Gloves
  • Shinguards (Must be worn at all sessions.)
  • Several Changes of Clothes in Case of Rain (Socks, Shorts & Shirts)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle (If preferred, we will have coolers and cups set up.)
  • Meals & Snacks** (Meals are NOT provided on Friday and Sunday. Water, Gatorade drinks and recovery products will be available for the campers throughout camp. If your camper has any food allergies, please alert Emily ASAP so we may edit our order.)

Lunch (sandwiches) and dinner (pizza) will be provided ONLY on Saturday, June 15.

Please contact Emily Jacobssen at ejacobssen@utk.edu with any questions regarding camp.

All of Tennessee Sports Camps are open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender).

Note: The University may postpone or cancel this event due to circumstances or conditions beyond its control, such as, but not limited to, natural disasters, acts or war, acts of God, or public health emergencies. Neither party shall be liable for damages for delay or default if such delay or default is caused by circumstances or conditions beyond its control, such as, but not limited to, natural disasters, acts of war, acts of God, or health emergencies. The Parties will consult with other to determine if the event can be rescheduled. -- It is not permissible for boosters to provide expenses for individuals to attend any of the Tennessee Sports Camps. Expenses include but are not limited to, lodging meals, transportation, and/or camp tuition.