Tuesday, September 02, 2008
I am continuing to share with you the Positions Statements of the 55 state association Technical Directors. Here is No. 2 with guidance on the position of goalkeeper.
Goalkeepers - No. 2
We believe that goalkeepers should not be a feature of play at the U6 and the U8 age groups. All players in these age groups should be allowed to run around the field and chase the "toy," a.k.a – the ball.
For teams in the U10 and older age groups goalkeepers should become a regular feature of play. However, young players in the U10 and U12 age groups should not begin to specialize in any position at this time in their development.