Goalkeeping

The Vision of Santa Barbara SC goalkeeping program is to enhance each individual club level players techniques and goalkeeping skills to achieve the highest level of development. This is accomplished through our Director of Goalkeeping’s  clearly defined and administered curriculum including; footwork, handling, distribution, diving, shot-stopping, communication, dealing with crosses and overall presence and command in the box. Our system encourages and ensures goalkeepers emphasize foot skills and overall ability to start the attack. In addition, the program is designed to develop players understanding through match analysis and game day evaluation and reflection. 

David Elias

Originally from Huntington Beach, CA
USSF C License
USSDA Goalkeeping Staff Experience
Current UCSB Women’s & Men’s
Assistant Coach
10+ Years Coaching Experience
Concordia University, Masters Degree
Division I College Player: CSUF
Professional Player: Thunder Bay Chill (USL-2)
Current SBSC Coaching Assignment:
Boys 2008 MLS Assistant Coach

Ages. 2015 to 2003 birth year boys and girls

Level. Offered to Santa Barbara SC & Central Coast Academy team players                                                                                                   

The curriculum is designed for goalkeepers interested in reaching the highest level. Designed and led by Santa Barbara SC Goalkeeping Director, this specialized development curriculum will focus on areas such as shot-stopping, dealing with crosses, game management, distribution and goalkeeper specific strength and agility exercises.  

Incorporating goalkeepers into training sessions.  Within the warm- up, technical & technical/tactical portions of the session the goalkeepers will be utilized as field players and during the technical/tactical, tactical and small sided games portions of the session the goalkeepers will be primarily utilized as goalkeepers.

Spring goalkeeper periodization plan. 

January 31           Handling, shots from close range (2008 to 2003)

February 7           Diving Technique, shots from dead ball (2015 to 2009)

February 14         Diving Technique, shots from dead ball (2008 to 2003)

February 21         Handling, shots from close range (2015 to 2009)

February 28         Footwork, One v One (2008 to 2003)

March 7               Playing out of the back, Technical Efficiency & Recovery movements

                           Positioning, shots from various angles and footwork one v one (2015 to 2009)

March 14             Playing out of the back, technical efficiency/recovery movements (2008 to 2003)

March 21 (Off)     Dead Balls, punts, distribution, shots from far range/recovery movements

March 28            Playing out of the back, technical efficiency/recovery movements (2015 to 2009), dead ball, punts, distribution, shots from far     range/recovery movements

April 4                Recovery movements, shots from the angle (2008 to 2003)

April 11               Crossing, highball, recovery movements (2015 to 2009), handling crosses, corners, shots from close range

April 18               Positioning, shots from various angles (2008 to 2003)

April 25              Handling crosses, corners, shots from close range, recovery movements, shots from the angle (2015 to 2009)

May 2                 Crossing, highball, recovery movements (2008 to 2003)

May 9                 Positioning, shots from various angles, positioning, shots from various angles (2015 to 2009)

May 16               Positioning, shots from various angles (2008 to 2003)

May 23               Diving technique, shots from dead ball, recovery movements, shots from the angle, diving Technique, shots from dead ball (2015 to 2009), positioning, shots from various angles, recovery movements, shots from the angle, Goalkeeper Wars (2015 to 2003)

Spring Schedule:

Starting on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 to/and including Thursday, May 26, 2022. 

  • Monday   
                   2014 to 2009 Age Groups (Boys) from 3:30-4:30pm @ Girsh Park Turf

                   2008 to 2003 Age Groups (Boys) from 4:30-5:30pm @ Girsh Park Turf

  • Wednesday

                     2013 to 2009 Age Groups (Girls) from 4:00-5:00pm @ Girsh Park Turf

                     2008 to 2003* Age Groups (Girls) from 6:00-7:00pm @ Girsh Park Turf

                     2008 to 2003* Age Groups (Girls) from 7:30-8:30pm @ SMHS

                     Note: Northern (San Ynez area) schedule will be released shortly.

Note: No sessions the weeks of March 21st due to Spring Break.

“The goalkeeping leadership and curriculum ensures that the players learn and fine-tune all the techniques, decision making and skills required to become a great goalkeeper.”

— Greg Wilson, DOC