Westfield Soccer Association

Goalkeeper Training and Where to Buy Gear

Contacts

Susana MacLean, Director of Goalkeeping

Fall 2017 Goalkeeper Training Program

The WSA provides training for U9-U15 Travel and Intercounty players at no additional charge

This program is a great opportunity to introduce young players to basic goalkeeping techniques, and to provide experienced goalplayers with a chance to practice and to learn more advanced skills and decision-making strategies.  For the resume of our Technical Director of Goalkeeping, Greg O'Brien, click here.

NEW U9 TRAINING SESSIONS ADDED ON THURDAYS!!!  SEE BELOW. 

****No training during Westfield School District school holidays: 9/21, 9/22, 10/9, 11/9, 11/10.****

 

U9-U10 Players

Goalkeeper training for Travel players in these age groups is strongly encouraged. Intercounty players are welcome.

Players may register for one or more two-week blocks of training on FridaysDates are subject to change if there are cancellations due to weather.

Bring a number 4 soccer ball.

Goalkeeping gloves recommended but not required.  See "Where to Buy Goalkeeping Gear" section below.

Block 1

· Fridays 3:30-4:30, 9/15 & 9/29, Sid Fay Field FULL

OR

· Fridays 4:30-5:30, 9/15 & 9/29, Sid Fay Field FULL

OR

· NEW Thursdays 5:15-6:15, 9/14 & 9/28,  Houlihan Field  2 spots left

Block 2

· Fridays 3:30-4:30, 10/6 & 10/13Sid Fay Field FULL

OR

· Fridays 4:30-5:30, 10/6 & 10/13Sid Fay Field  5 spots left

OR

· NEW Thursdays 5:15-6:15, 10/5 & 10/12,  Houlihan Field

Block 3

· Fridays 3:30-4:30, 10/20 & 10/27Sid Fay Field

OR

· Fridays 4:30-5:30, 10/20 & 10/27Sid Fay Field

Block 4

· Fridays 3:30-4:30, 11/3 & 11/17Sid Fay Field

OR

· Fridays 4:30-5:30, 11/3 & 11/17Sid Fay Field

 

U11 Players

Travel and Intercounty U11 players may register for one or two 4-week blocks of training on Thursdays. Dates are subject to change if there are cancellations due to weather.

Bring a number 4 soccer ball.

Goalkeeping gloves required.  See "Where to Buy Goalkeeping Gear" section below.

Houlihan Field

Block 1

· Thursdays 5:15-6:15, 9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12

Block 2

· Thursdays 5:15-6:15, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/16

 

 

U12 Players

Travel and Intercounty U12 players will train along with U13-U15 players.  U12s may register for either just the first of two 4-week blocks of training on Tuesdays or both the first block and the second block extension. Dates are subject to change if there are cancellations due to weather.

Bring a number 4 soccer ball.

Goalkeeping gloves required.  See "Where to Buy Goalkeeping Gear" section below.

Houlihan Field

· Tuesdays 5:15-6:15, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3

 

U13-U15 Players

Players may register for one 8-week block of training on Wednesdays. Dates are subject to change if there are cancellations due to weather.

Bring a number 5 soccer ball.

Goalkeeping gloves required.  See "Where to Buy Goalkeeping Gear" section below.

Houlihan Field
         · Tuesdays  5:15-6:15, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31


If there are any questions while registering, or about the program, please contact Susana MacLean, Administrative Director of Goalkeeping, at (908) 233-3406, or susana.maclean@comcast.net.

 

Where to Buy Goalkeeper Gear

Buying Goalie Gloves

 

Goalie gloves are optional, but recommended, for U9-U10 players.  Players U11 and older are required to wear goalie gloves during training.  There are two basic types of gloves:

 

  • Very basic, thin, youth gloves often called junior gloves,” which provide some grip for handling the balls. They run roughly $15-$30 a pair. These are perfectly adequate for younger players who will only train for a few weeks and might goal keep occasionally in games.

  • Thicker, sturdier gloves (available in youth and adult sizes) provide better grip and more protection for the player’s hands. They range in price from $40 to $80 and higher. Some have “finger save” plastic supports behind the fingers, that prevent fingers from being bent back and sprained or from being jammed. Goalkeepers differ as to whether they want finger saves. Some like the protection, others feel the plastic prevents them from gripping the ball tightly. It’s a matter of personal preference.

 

Here’s where you can buy gloves locally:

 

Pegasus Sporting Goods on South Avenue, in Westfield, across from the train station, (908) 518-0280. Hours: Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7, Sunday 9-4.

 

Dick’s Sporting Goods, on US 22 East, in Union, 908-964-2580. Hours: Monday-Saturday 9-9:30, Sunday 10-7.

 

A little further away, Kicks N Sticks, at 2933 Vauxhall Road, in Vauxhall, (908) 688-6463. Hours: Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-6, Sunday closed.

 

More Goalie Gear

 

If your child goal keeps regularly, you may want to look into goalie shirts, which have padding at the elbows and sometimes behind the forearm, goalie shorts (which can be worn under soccer shorts or alone) with padding on the hips, or goalie pants which have padding at the hips and knees. Both Pegasus and Kicks N Sticks carry these items locally. 

 

You can buy goalie gloves and gear online.  For gloves, it helps if you know your child’s hand size and have a good idea of the type of glove they like. Some players have to try gloves on in person, whereas other players have a favorite model they buy over and over again when a pair wears out or they need the next size up.

 

Websites that Sell Goalie Gear

 

Soccer.com

SoccerGarage.com

WorldSoccerShop.com

Dickssportingoods.com

ebay.com

amazon.com