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Sam's Blog is a bi-weekly addition to the US Youth Soccer Blog. Sam Snow is the Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer.

 

Keepers

Sam Snow

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.