Goalkeeper Training

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The goalkeeper program is a year round program. Sessions are held every week regardless of your team schedule. There may be some movement dependent on ability. Movement will be decided by the Goalkeeper trainer and communicated with the Parent/Player. 

At Washington Rush we strive to create an environment that is safe for the GK to work and make mistakes. The reality is all GKs will let in goals... especially during training when they see shot after shot. We challenge goalkeepers to grow in these moments by focusing on learning from the goal, and then moving on. The group of Goalkeepers must be supportive of each other. All goalkeepers need to celebrate saves, congratulate each other, and work toward everyone getting better within the session. Goalkeeping needs to be fun and enjoyable!

The Technical and Tactical aspects of the Goalkeeper position are very important and stressed within each training session. In order to be successful at the highest level the goalkeeper must also focus on the mental side of the position. Key Psychological Issues that must be addressed for each GK include:

-They are special to coach
-They define the game - Win or Lose
-They are always under pressure
-They emotionally crave success
-Their mistakes are easily observed
-They are an easy target for criticism
-Their life is Highs and Lows
-They suffer constantly Change Self-Esteem”

At each Goalkeeper session at Washington Rush, the staff focuses on Teaching Skill Acquisition.

The modern player demands to know/understand the 5 w’s in everything they do.

Who - What - Where - When - Why
The Goalkeeper coach must be able to replicate game-like situation in training to force the player to analyze the situation. It is not enough to simply get the players reps. In every opportunity the coach must force the Goalkeeper to “Read - Plan - Do.” Work to make sure players understand the entire scope of what they are doing, why they are doing it, and how they can be successful.

Goalkeepers as part of the team
The modern Goalkeeper must be effective with both their hands and their feet. As a club we stress the role of the GK in the build out phase as well as supporting the teams attack. At Rush we expect the Goalkeeper to be technically proficient and able to support the team as they build from the defensive third and progress down the field.

Key Goalkeeping Concepts

DA Events
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DA Philosophy


“The Rush Way to Play is based upon movement and activity by both player and ball. Possession-oriented does not fully describe how we play; attack-oriented does. Whether in possession or in defense, we are attacking. Rush Players play with freedom, yet understand the importance of responsibility and the balance between the two. Rush teams are flexible and adapt to varying circumstances. The Rush Way to Play represents both passion and purpose”.

•     Players are to be comfortable with a possession-based passing game, where the team will look to try and play out from the back in a coordinated and controlled manner and is developed through the thirds in order to produce goal-scoring opportunities when possible

•     Players will look to recognize opportunities to play forward and execute counter-attacking opportunities where possible but not at the expense of losing possession

•     Players will, upon losing possession, look to immediately regain possession by defending from the front as a preferred option, or to drop and establish a compact defensive shape when unable to do so

•     Above all, our teams are expected to display a competitive and winning mentality – winning games is of importance; however, this is not at the expense of the playing philosophy

The U12 age group will predominantly focus on technical development incorporating decision-making and consideration for basic principles of play. They will play predominantly in a flexible 4-2-2 formation with players encouraged to rotate positions. The U13 & U14 age groups will focus more toward tactical understanding and technical refinement. Players will still be required to have an understanding of a range of positions but as they progress through this phase should begin to develop a primary position within the team. 11v11 games will adopt a flexible 4-3-3 formation. The key aspect regarding formations is that they are a guide. The style of play is dictated by the playing philosophy and takes precedence overall.

DA Vision
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DA Facilities
Kasch Park

Cavelero Middle High School

Archbishop Murphy High School

Mill Creek Sports Park

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DA Academy Graduates to Sounders FC
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DA Uniforms
As part of our agreement with Adidas, Washington Rush provides all uniform items for Development Academy players. Items included in this agreement are Home and Away Jerseys, Shorts and Socks, Warm-Up Jacket and Pants, Cleats and Runners.