Westfield Soccer Association

Goalkeeper Training and Where to Buy Gear


Greg O'brien, Administrative Director of Goalkeeping

Fall 2020 Goalkeeper Training Program

The WSA provides training for U9-U14 Travel Players - at no additional charge

This program is a great opportunity to introduce young players to basic goalkeeping techniques, and to provide experienced goalkeepers with a chance to practice and to learn more advanced skills and decision-making strategies.  Our Director of Goalkeeping is Greg O'Brien.

For the safety of all of the children, training sessions are grouped by player age/year of birth, which may or may not align with their team age group.  You will only be able to register for the session(s) that correspond with your child's year of birth.

U9-U10 Players (born 2011 & 2012)

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

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

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


Block 1

· Mondays 4:00-5:00, 9/14 & 9/21


· Thursdays 3:30-4:30, 9/17 & 9/24

Block 2 

· Mondays 4:00-5:00, 10/5 & 10/19


· Thursdays 3:30-4:30, 10/1 & 10/8

Block 3 

  · Mondays 4:00-5:00, 10/26 &11/2


· Thursdays 3:30-4:30, 10/15 & 10/22

Block 4 

· Thursdays 3:30-4:30, 10/29 & 11/5


U11-U12 Players* (born 2009 & 2010)

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

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


Block 1 

· Thursdays 4:45-5:45, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, & 10/8

Block 2 

· Thursday 4:45-5:45, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, & 11/5



U13-U14 Players* (born 2007-2008)

Players may register for one 6-week block of training. Dates are subject to change if there are cancellations due to weather.

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


         · Mondays 6:30-7:30, 9/14, 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 10/26, & 11/2

* If keepers age U11 and older have a conflict with their team weekly training sessions but would still like to attend goalkeeper training, they are welcome to attend every other week (attend team practice one week, attend GK the next, and so on). 

If there are any questions while registering, or about the program, please contact Greg O’Brien, Director of Goalkeeping, at gobrien@unioncountyfc.com

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 10AM-7PM, Saturday 9AM-7PM, Sunday 10AM-4PM.


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


A little further away, Kicks N Sticks, at 2933 Vauxhall Road, in Vauxhall, (908) 688-6463. Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-7PM, Saturday 9AM-6PM, Sunday 11AM-5PM.


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